HAMPTON - Major General (Ret.) Alvin Bryant, M. D., 72 years old, of Hampton, Va., past away, on Feb. 5, 2010.
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He was born in Goulds, Fla., on Feb. 27, 1937, to Claudia Mae Bryant and the late John Henry Ashley.
In 1959, he graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU) as the top academic Army ROTC scholar. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry. In 1959, Dr. Bryant would go on to graduate from FAMU with high academic honors and as the top cadet of FAMU's Army ROTC program. He would have a stellar career in the U.S. Army and retired in 1994, as a Major General. He served in the Berlin Crisis, the Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Bryant saw the "Iron Curtain" collapse. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and several Meritorious Service medals. He later continued his education earning a Masters degree in zoology from Purdue University (1967) and a medical degree from Howard University (1970) under the mentorship of Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall. He was a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association, the NAACP, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Bryant was a thirty-three degree mason. He was the founding president of the Hampton Roads Virginia alumni chapter, after leaving the Washington, D.C. chapter. He was a member of the FAMU-NAA Northeast Region since 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sandra Bryant; his children (and adopted), Anita Bryant of Lanham, Md., Beverly Goodwin (Kevin) of Lanham, Md., Renee Teel (Howard) of Bowie, Md., Claudette Alvina Proctor (Mark) of Hyattsville, Md., Patrice Scott (DeWayne) of Bowie, Md., Angela D. Hudson (Allen) of Waldorf, Md., MAJ, USMC Alvin Bryant (Karen) II of Jacksonville, N.C., Alvin Bryant III of Blacksburg, Va., Brandon Bryant of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Adrian Hawkins (U.S. Embassy, Iraq); his grandchildren, Syreeta Teel of Bowie, Md., LyAvia Goodwin of Largo, Md., Kellen Goodwin of Hampton, Va., April Bryant of Hyattsville, Md., Katrina Goodwin of Alexandria, Va., D'Andre Bryant of Baltimore, Md., Brandon Teel of Bowie, Md., Marcus Teel of Bowie, Md., Sherrod Proctor of Hyattsville, Md., Kavita Goodwin of Lanham, Md., William Proctor of Hyattsville, Md., Nikko Scott of Bowie, Md. Shirae Proctor of Hyattsville, Md., Derrick Bryant of Jacksonville, N.C., Dominque Bryant of Jacksonville, N.C., Meila Hawkins of Hampton, Va., Elliott Hawkins of Waldorf, Md., Cori Hawkins of Waldorf, Md.; and great-grandchildren, Leilani Goodwin of Lanham, Md., Darren Ridley Jr., of Waldorf, Md., Alexis Ridley of Waldorf, Md., Charissa Ridley of Waldorf, Md., Jami Ridley of Hampton, Va., and, Jaliyah Goodwin of Lanham, Md.; his mother, Claudia Mae Bryant; and his sisters and brothers, Dorothy Mae Ashley-Bryant, Willie L. Bryant (Goldie), Wilbert Bryant (Emily), Sylvester Bryant (Robin), Ann Ashley-Biry (Pierre), Sharon Ashley, Claude Larry Bryant, Brenda Bryant, Wanda Ashley; nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; special friends, Linda Lucas, Dedra O'Neal; and a host of other relatives.
He resided in Hampton, Va., where he practiced medicine and was a board certified surgeon. He and his wife, a nurse, owned and operated his medical practice at Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, Va., where they worked side by side serving the patients of Hampton. He also served as a physician at Whitaker Memorial Hospital; Acting Administrator, Newport News General Hospital and Chief of Trauma, Riverside Hospital for years. He was a founding member of Peninsular Institute for Community Health (PICH). He was known for his coordination of free health screening clinics, lectures, and donations to many community causes. He was known for his coordination of free health screening clinics, lectures, and donations to many community causes.
He was actively involved in his community. He was the president of the FAMU National Alumni Association. He was the president of the Hampton Kiwanis Club; Past President, Delta Beta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule); and Chairman of Social Action Committee and Past Director of Project Alpha; Treasurer, Fletcher Lodge #26, AF & AM Scottish Rites Free Masonry; Treasurer, Hiram Grand Lodge; Most Excellent High Priest of King Solomon Royal Arch Chapter #1; Supreme Scribe of the Original Supreme Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; O. L. Holman Lodge of Perfection #1; Grand Inspector General, Peninsular Consistory #1; Medina Temple #3, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Member, Hampton Rotary Club; Member, Harry S. Foster American Legion Post #67; Member, Chesapeake Bay Commission, (appointed by the Governor of Virginia); Military Affairs Committee, City of Hampton, Va. (appointed by City Council of Hampton); Member of Fort Monroe, Federal Area Development Authority (appointed by City Council of Hampton); President, Dunes South Association, Nags Head, North Carolina; Past-Secretary, City of Hampton Federal Area Development Authority (appointed by City Council of Hampton); Past-Rector, Norfolk State University, Board of Visitors. He was the founding president of the American Cancer Society, Minority Task Force.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Alvin Bryant Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contributions and checks are to be made payable to the FAMU Foundation (Acct# 1587) and mailed or sent c/o of Mrs. Carmen Cummings, Executive Director, Office of Alumni Affairs, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
The wake for Major General (RET.) Alvin Bryant, M.D., will be held on 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at the Second Baptist Church East End, 3307 Chestnut Avenue, Newport News, Va.
The funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, 2200 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va.
For more information regarding the funeral services, please contact Nicholson Cummings. Funeral Home at 4304 Victoria Boulevard Hampton, Va. The funeral home can also be reached by phone (757) 728-0122 or fax (757) 722-0069. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2010