Ryan Harrison Stripling

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Ryan Harrison Stripling (affectionately known to many as Jamal), 36, of Lowell, Ark., passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019. He was born April 22, 1983, in Fayetteville, Ark., to parents Jeff Stripling and Barbara Stripling. He was a National Board certified English teacher at Bentonville High School, where he also created and mentored his students in producing Impressions, a literary magazine. Ryan was the author of a young adult novel, Nephilium. A consummate gamer, he won awards in a number of national gaming competitions. He was deeply spiritual and established strong mentoring relationships with the youth at Vintage Fellowship. Ryan was a devoted husband to Sara Lynelle Stripling and father to Eli James Stripling. Other survivors include father, Jeff Stripling and wife Doris Patneau; mother, Barbara Stripling; brother, Thomas Stripling and wife Evelyn Skye; stepbrother, Brian Patneau and wife Jennifer; stepbrother, Kyle Patneau; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and the many students whose lives he touched. Visitation will be Friday, December 6, from 5-7 p.m. at Sisco Funeral Chapel, 705 W. Meadow St., Springdale. The memorial service will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, at Sisco Funeral Chapel with Pastor Robb Ryerse officiating. Vintage Fellowship will be live streaming the service at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA, Online condolences may be left at

Published December 6, 2019

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