Jean Muse Bryant, quietly passed away on New Year’s Day morning at her apartment in Longview, Texas from Melanoma.


Born December 22, 1931 to David Alton Muse and Florence Everett Muse at their home on Highway 24/27 at the west edge of Carthage, NC, she was quite the surprise to her parents, who were in their fifties and late forties.  

The youngest of eight children, she grew up in a home where people of all races and economic status were welcome and she learned how to judge character.


She attended the Carthage schools, graduating from Carthage High School in 1951.  She married Bruce E. Bryant of Carthage on January 18, 1953 and began a life of travel and experiences that she had never imagined.


Her husband, Bruce, had a 28-year career in the U.S. Army and they traveled throughout his career, having and raising four children along the way. They retired to Southern Pines, NC, where they made their home. Bruce preceded Jean in death in 2009.


Jean is survived by her four children, Gail Blake of Lexington, SC, Bruce “Ed” Bryant, Jr. of Gilmer, TX, Gil Bryant of Apex, NC, and Sharon Nygaard of Gloucester, VA, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister, Lillie Muse Cagle of Carthage, NC a surrogate daughter Betty Black and husband Wayne of Whispering Pines with an additional two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


A family visitation will be on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Pinehurst, 7373 Hwy 211, Pinehurst NC 28374 starting at 10:00 AM. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM, and Internment at the Sandhills State Veteran’s Cemetery in Spring Lake at 2:00 PM.


Jean’s wish was for memorials to be made to the Youth Group of the First Baptist Church of Pinehurst in lieu of flowers.


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  1. I was so sorry to hear about Jean. She was a friend. a neighbor and a classmate. Bruce and his family and I had family connections. She was such a sweet girl.

  2. What a dear, sweet lady. She will be greatly missed by us and all who were blessed to know her. We’ll see you in heaven, Jean!! We love you.

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