Ryan Renfro

Ryan Anthony Renfro

May 21, 1986 - July 18, 2020
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Ryan Anthony Renfro, 34, of Fayetteville, died Saturday, July 18, 2020.

He was born May 21, 1986 in Pine Bluff, son of Ronald and Donna Telliard Renfro.

Ryan was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from St. Joseph Catholic High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

After graduation from college, Ryan remained in Fayetteville, where he was working for the University of Arkansas as an Administrative Specialist III.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville.

Ryan loved all domestic & wildlife animals and enjoyed ornithology & entomology. He had many followers with his Bird of the Day newsletter. A kind soul to all he met, those fortunate to know Ryan benefitted greatly. Ryan’s myriad of passions included gardening, Turner Classic movies (for their portrayal of simple life), music from all genres, and getting to know people. Always curious and a constant learner, Ryan had a fondness for adventure. He had goals of traveling the globe someday. His communication skills far surpassed any classroom curriculum, and in 2019, he received the honor of employee of the quarter in his department at the University of Arkansas.

Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas P. Telliard and paternal step-grandfather, Brien R. Winkley.

Survivors include his parents, Ronald E. Renfro and Donna Telliard Renfro of Pine Bluff; brother, Robert Thomas “Robbie” Renfro and his wife, Maura, and their daughter, Dottie of Fayetteville, AR; paternal grandmother, Mary Winkley of Pine Bluff; maternal grandmother, Mildred Ann Telliard of Riverside, CA; and aunts and uncles, Kate McLearn of Dundee, Oregon, Tom Telliard (Debbie), Mary Beckerle (Ken), Tim Telliard, Tony Telliard (Donna) all from Riverside, CA, and many cousins from CA, NV, OR, and UT. Ryan is also survived by his step-aunts, Gail Podhaisky, Carol Winkley, both of Texas, Rita Winkley of Colorado, and many step-cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff with Father Joe Marconi officiating. A Vigil service will be 5:30 pm, Monday, July 27, 2020 at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors in Pine Bluff with Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating. Visitation following the Vigil until 7:30 pm Monday evening at Robinson’s. We will follow all state guidelines for both events.

Memorials may be made to Humane Society of the Ozarks, 1733 N. Crossover Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72701, St Joseph Catholic Church, 1722 N. Starr Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72701, or St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 W. Sixth Ave, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

The Mass will be livestreamed on our website, If there are any issues with the livestream due to the signal the service will be uploaded to our website within 24 hours. Family and friends may also leave condolences or video messages to Ryan’s page on our website.
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    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    412 West 6th Avenue
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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Marc and Mary Jane veirs

Posted at 09:54am
Donna and Family, Marc and I were heart broken to hear about Ryan. God bless you and your family thru your sorry, we pray for God to comfort you .

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Tim , Evan , and Lexi Telliard

Posted at 09:25pm
In Loving Memory Of Ryan Renfro ! Whose kind , tender, loving heart and amazing personality will never be forgotten !

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Justin Boeving

Posted at 10:25am
You were truly truly special and will be missed by so many my brother! Watch over your family! I love you buddy! Will always remember you fondly.

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Uncle Tom, Aunt Debbie, and family.

Posted at 09:32pm
To our beloved Ryan, these trees will be the homes to many of the birds you taught us about and you loved. You will be sorely missed my sweet nephew.

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Maura Renfro

Posted at 12:35pm
Missing this animal loving, kind spirited bro in law today and always.

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