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From the Arnett, OK Memorial Service

“Riley Elizabeth Bryan, daughter of Chris Bryan and Whitney (Davis) Phillips was born April 27, 2002, at Shattuck, OK. She passed from this life at Howe, OK. ten days before her 18th birthday. Her early years were spent in the Arnett, OK. and Shattuck, OK. communities. She attended elementary at Shattuck and elementary and junior high at Arnett, OK. At the age of 15, she moved to Howe, OK. where she was a member of the junior class at Howe High School. Riley was active in the Ellis County 4-H Club during her years at Arnett and served as the reporter for the FFA Chapter since her move to Howe, OK. She was a good student, making the Principal and Superintendent’s honor rolls and participated in the Upwards Bound College Program. She especially enjoyed riding horses, showing sheep in FFA, playing softball, and spending time with her friends.

In Loving Memory

Riley Elizabeth Bryan


“Those we love can never be

more than a thought away

for as long as there is a memory

they live in our hearts to stay.”

On July 10, 2013, at the age of eleven, she was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ in Arnett, OK. The Leadership Training for Christ program was very special to her and she attended the annual convention held on Easter weekend in Rogers, AR. She also enjoyed the fellowship of the Blue Haven Church camp in Las Vegas N.M. After moving to Howe, OK. she was a member of the youth group at Green Country Cowboy Church in Wister, OK.

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“Riley is preceded in death by a niece, Paislee Marie Bryan. She is survived by her parents, Chris Bryan and wife Lisa of Howe, OK. and Whitney Phillips and husband, Cole of Claremore, OK. Her brothers, Wilfred Bryan in the USAF-Japan, Dalton Bryan of Arnett, OK, Walker Bryan from Howe, OK and Kellin Phillips of Arnett, OK Her sisters, Amre Gathright of Van Buren, AR, Savanna and Hadley Bryan of Howe, OK and Jessica Bell of Poteau, OK. Maternal grandparents, Clinton and Pam Davis of Arnett, OK and paternal grandparents Gerald and Erma Bryan of Jackson, MO. Several aunts and uncles, four nieces, one nephew, other relatives, her classmates and friends.”


Adapted from the poem by Annmarie Campbell

“If I only had five minutes
the day you passed away,
I would have had time to tell you
all the things I needed to say.

I never got to tell you
how much you mean to me
or that you were the best,
better than any man could be.

The last time I talked to you,
I wish I would have known.
I would have said I love you
and kept you on the phone.

I’d give you one last hug
so tight and see your great big smile.
I’d tell you that I don’t think I could live without you,
not even for a while.

I’d kiss your cheek and take your hand
and tell you it’s okay to go
and tell you that I’ll miss you
more than you’ll ever know.

But you were gone so quickly.
One last car ride you’d take.
Before you even knew it,
you were standing at heaven’s gate.

Now God has called upon you.
It’s time to get your wings,
To leave this life behind you,
And enjoy all of heaven’s beautiful things.
So wait for me in heaven.
Don’t let me come alone.
The day the angels come for me,
Please be there to bring me home.

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Riley Elizabeth Bryan

In Loving Memory


From the Howe, OK Funeral Service

“Riley Elizabeth ‘Porkchop’ Bryan, went to her heavenly home Friday, April 17, 2020 in Howe, OK. she was born April 27, 2002 in Shattuck, OK. She attended elementary school in Shattuck, OK and junior high at Arnett, OK. While there she participated in 4-H, softball, wrestling and for a short period was catcher for the boy’s baseball team. At 14 years old she moved to Howe where she played softball and was reporter for FFA where she became known as “Short Round” (please see Mr. Marshall for explanation). She loved showing sheep and excelled in school making the Superintendents Honor Roll. she loved the friends she made participating in the Upward Bound Program at CASC.

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Riley was baptized on July 10, 2013, at Arnett Church of Christ. She traveled with the church to the LTC convention in Bentonville, AR, and received many awards for her leadership and love of Jesus Christ. Once moving to Howe she became a very proud member of the GC3 Youth Revive program and the GC3 church family.

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In Loving Memory

Riley Elizabeth Byran



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Riley was preceded in death by her niece Paisley Bryan. She is survived by her parents Chris & Lisa Bryan of Howe, OK and Cole & Whitney Phillips of Claremore, OK; sisters, Jessica Bell of Poteau, OK, Amre Gathright & husband Rod of Van Buren, AR, Savanna & Hadley Bryan of Howe, OK; brothers, Wilfred Bryan of USAF Little Rock, AR, Dalton Bryan of Arnett, OK, Walker Bryan of Howe, OK, Kellin Phillips of Arnett, OK; grandparents, Gerald & Erma Bryan of Jackson, MO, Jesse & Agnes Knapp of Poteau, OK, Clinton & Pam Davis of Arnett, OK; nieces Jeslyn, Madison, Ryleigh, Lilly & Aspen; nephew, Jesse Bell; numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and some very loved and appreciated friends and classmates.

Memorial Service – 10 am Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Green Country Cowboy Church followed by burial at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau by Evans & Miller.

In lieu of flowers, the parents have asked for donations to be made to Howe FFA, GC3 Youth Revive, or Porkchop’s Love Foundation.”

Porkchop’s Love Foundation, Inc. is not a crisis center. If you are in crisis and need help now, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. If you don’t like talking on the phone, you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.

~ the giving kind ~

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