Patrick Ryal Dougherty

Patrick Ryal Dougherty

Portsmouth , VA
09.07.1973 - 09.15.2019
Norfolk, VA

Patrick Ryal Dougherty, 46, went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2019. He was a loving and caring person that would do anything for anyone. He was voted best personality in his high school graduating class of 1991 from NSA and he continued to exhibit these traits throughout his life. He enjoyed photography and often captured unexpected moments in life that others often passed by.

Ryal is survived by his parents David and Barbara Dougherty, brothers Timothy D. Dougherty and Sean M. Dougherty and wife Cortney of Kansas City, KS; nieces and nephews Allane, Cole, Beckett, and Tate Dougherty; and aunt, uncles, and cousins.

A visitation will be held in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 2 to 3:30 PM. Memorial donations may be made out to Suffolk Humane Society, 412 Kings Fork Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434 or to OBX SPCA, PO Box 2477 Manteo, NC 27954. Condolences may be registered at    

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Dear Dougherty family, we send our sincere sympathy on the loss of Ryal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Brenda and Doug Kincaid

Dear Barbara, Dave, Tim and Sean,

I cannot tell you how saddened we are to hear this news. I have so many wonderful memories of Ryal, and I will cherish those always!

Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

Mary Yvonne and Mack Faulkner

Mary Yvonne and Mack Faulkner

Dougherty family,
I was so shocked and saddened to read this obit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cheryl Taylor, Ward and Kendra

Cheryl Taylor

Dear Dougherty family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May wonderful memories and the love of family and friends bring you comfort and peace. Remembering him and his delightful personality will always make me smile.

Martha Snow

To the entire family of this wonderful person, Ryal truly was a awesome individual who always brought a smile to me.

I knew we grew apart as I moved to DC area but every time I did see him we picked back up like we had not missed a beat.

Ryal had such a big heart and he will be missed. I personally have so many wonderful memories of him, I know those are going continue to be available in my “vault of special times” and I will miss seeing him on my random trips home.

This is way to young for him to go... may loving memories, today and always help bring peace and comfort.

To say goodbye to him is difficult and heartbreaking.

Wes Hobbs

Wes Hobbs

Goodbye old friend. You'll be sorely missed.

Mike Johnson

I am so very sorry to hear of Ryal's passing. He was a such a nice guy. May God give all the family a peace that passes all understanding. My heart is so sad for you all.

Joanie Hobbs

Joanie Hobbs

Dave & Barbara. Bobby & I were so shocked & saddened to hear of Ryal's death. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. We have such fond memories of you folks & NSA. May your memories & the love of family & friends get you through the most difficult time on your life.

Nancy Rountree

Barbara & Dave, My sincere condolenances go out to you on the passing of your son Ryal. As we never know what God has in store for us, we can rest assured he will be beside us to walk us through those times. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

Paula Darden

Ryal was a true friend, he had a heart of gold and always had a great since of humor. He loved his family and friends. His smile and presence will definitely be missed but my life is richer knowing him. His memory will always be with me .

David J. Hodges

To the Dougherty family,
The Eppersons give their deepest sympathy to you in Ryal’s passing. May God comfort and give you strength.

Ryal, your unconditional love, your caring, your smile, your selflessness, your sense of humor, your kindness... all will be sorely missed in this world by all of those your touched throughout your life here.

Thank you.

Thank you for touching my entire life and being a wonderful friend. God Bless you my friend - rest now, in peace.

Danny Epperson

To the Dougherty family; my love, prayers, and support go out to you during this sad time. Nothing but happy memories of Ryal. May God be with each and every one of you.
Kyle Snow

Kyle Snow

Dear Dougherty family, my deepest condolences for your loss. Ryal was one of the kindest, funniest, and most genuine people I have ever met. He touched so many people and will be greatly missed.

Amy Rhodes

To the Dougherty family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Ryal was one of the most loving and caring people in my life. He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to all of you.

Joe Bauer

I was a classmate of Sean’s and I remember how much he looked up to his older brothers... I’m so sorry for your family’s loss and you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!!!

Elizabeth Parker Pruitt

Barbara, Dave, Tim and Sean, I'm so sorry to hear about Ryal. He will always have a huge place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys at this time.

Michael Gilbert

To the Dougherty family,
I am so sorry to hear of Ryal’s death. He worked for me as a pharmacy technician years ago. Ryal had such good manners and was so polite. He had a funny sense of humor and his laugh was contagious. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Becky Spalding

To the Dougherty family,

I’m so saddened to hear about Ryal’s passing. Ryal was a wonderful, caring and loving person. Ryal could light up a room with his contagious smile, and I will forever cherish our memories. God bless you my beautiful friend.

Sharon Bradshaw

Dave and Barbara, Tim and Sean, We were so sorry to get this news and our hearts ache for you at this difficult time in your lives. Please know you are in our every thought and prayer. Ryal was such a wonderful young man and we know he will be missed greatly. May God grant you all comfort in the difficult days ahead. Remember him well from the days our boys attended NSA together.

Johnny and Joan Fowler Minter, Port Charlotte, Florida

I am so sorry to hear of Ryal’s passing. I will always remember what a kind, big-hearted guy that he was. My prayers are with the family.

Tammy Bogart

Dear Dave and Barbara, so very sorry to hear of Ryal's death. Have such fond memories of him when he and Brett were in school at NSA. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending love. Mary Edna and Coleman

Mary Boyce

Dave, Barbara & family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your son Ryal. I know the pain of losing a child as an infant, but can in no way imagine the sorrow of losing an adult child who you have shared so much with. I pray that God's love and strength will help you through this difficult time. Roy

roy birdzell

I’m so sorry to hear about Ryal’s death. I remember him from our years at NSA as such a kind and genuine person. He had a wonderful personality and amazing smile that would brighten anyone’s day. Praying for your family.

Leslie Nixon Keith

Family, I was so shocked & sad to hear about Ryal passing. We talked on FB occasionally & he was just the sweetest guy. May he rip.
Christy Riddick

Christy Riddick

My heartfelt condolences to you. I am sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Ryal. He will be missed

Becky Griffin

To the Dougherty family-

My deepest condolences on your loss of your son Ryal. He had a giant heart and could put a smile on every face in the room. Ryal made an impression on everyone he met, and that is something I will never forget. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Ryal’s family and friends-

Ian Schultz

Barbara and Dave, I am so sorry to hear of Ryal's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nita Carr

Nita Carr

Dave and Family, We are so sorry to learn of the recent loss of your son. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mary Charlotte and David Boyette
Windsor, Va.

Mary Charlotte (Pearce) Boyette

My sincere sympathy to all family members.

Sarah Wayne Savage

Dave, Barbara and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Ryal’s passing! 💔 I am also speaking on my parents’ behalf (Newt & Linda Dougherty). Frances Dougherty Murphy is still living in the nursing home and wants to go home! We question why God takes a young man and not someone who has lived her life and is ready to go home but. . . We are not supposed to and we know God knows best 🙏🏼 We have to trust in him! His timing is perfect! You will see Ryal in time! Our family loves you all and we are keeping you in our prayers! God Bless you! ❤️

Kathy Dougherty Hasty

Dave, Barbara
So sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Ryal. Our condolences and prayers for the family.
Hold on to the those memories and God’s unchanging hands.
Richard & Michele Faulk

Richard & Michele Faulk

So sorry for your loss. My heart felt love and prayers go out to you and your family. I can only imagine your grief. Love you.


My condolences to the family. I will cherish the many late night conversations Ryal and I shared.

Ernest Cook

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