September 19, 2009
Southern Pines, NC
Bruce E. Bryant, Sr. Age 77, CW4 (Ret.) passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC from complications following surgery.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at First Baptist Church of Pinehurst with the Rev. David Marks officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, NC. The Bryant family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 —8:00 PM at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home, 402 E. Saunders St., Carthage, NC and other times at the residence in Southern Pines.
A native of Moore County he was a son of the late Herman Russell Bryant and Mildred Key Bryant. Bruce was a member of the U.S. Army as an Ordinance Officer with 28 years of service including the Korean War and two tours in Viet Nam. He went on to work for 12 years in Civil Service, then in the hardware business before finally retiring. He had a life-long love of God, his family, and his country, and was devoted to all three. He loved gardening, farming, fishing, hunting, and held a fascination with all of nature. He was a mentor and a source of strength to many in his life.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Muse Bryant, four biological children, Gail Blake and husband Dennis of Lugoff, SC; Bruce E. Bryant, Jr "Ed" and wife Barbara of Gilmer TX, Gil Bryant and wife Sharon of Apex, NC, Sharon Nygaard and husband George of Fuquay-Varina; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a surrogate daughter Betty Black and husband Wayne of Whispering Pines with an additional two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters Marian Maness and husband Jim of Ramseur, Carolyn Haney and husband Don of Southern Pines, Pat Myers of Asheboro; brothers Russell Bryant of West End, Jason Bryant and wife Annette of Nebo, NC, and many, many more who called him "Dad".
The family requests memorials in his name in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: the Building Fund for the First Baptist Church of Pinehurst, 7373 NC Highway 211, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. One Intrepid Square, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., New York, New York 10036.