George Bryant

George David Bryant, 83, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at his home in Summersville.

He was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Lee’s Summit, son of Pary Franklin and Lola Davis Bryant. He and Beulah Ethel Smith Bryant were married March 23, 1947.

He grew up on Big Creek near Cedar Grove with his brother, Wayne, and four sisters, Bessie Faye, Melba, Peggy and Sharon.

After graduating from Summersville High School, he spent part of two years serving with the Army in Korea.

He was the parts manager of the Chevrolet garage in Summersville for several years. He owned and operated a family farm on Highway K and raised three children. His six grandchildren enjoyed dairy farming, cutting timber, driving the cattle truck and owning and operating Summersville Sale Barn. They loved riding with “Ba” in the black truck and learning to drive his old blue pickup on the farm.

As his great-grandchildren began arriving, he and his wife moved into a brick house on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in Summersville. Most of the community recognized him on his lawn mower.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Melba.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah of the home; two daughters, Shirley Whiteis of Springfield and Betty Benham of Montgomery, Ill.; a son, Steve Bryant of Salem; six grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and brothers and sisters.

Services were Friday, March 12, at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Boyd and the Rev. Don McNeal officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Summersville City Cemetery.

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