William Bryant Sr.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Johnson wrote, "The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the extra." William Burnard Bryant, Sr. certainly can be described as an extraordinary man. He was a man of many talents and whatever he did he was going to go that extra mile and give it his all. William peacefully transitioned to eternal life on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. He was the youngest of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. David (Pearl) Bryant. He often shared happy memories of growing up in a large family. At an early age, he accepted Christ and was baptized at Thankful Baptist Church, where his parents were faithful members. He later joined Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, where he served as Sunday School Director, Senior Warden, and Lay Reader. He was also assistant organist, a member of the choir, and chairman of the Men's Club. Bill, as he was affectionately called by friends, was known to always speak his mind. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh. Having remarkable organizational and leadership skills, he was able to touch the lives of many in the Augusta and Hephzibah community. He was always willing to help family, friends or anyone in need of assistance. He attended elementary school in Richmond County and Paine College Laboratory High School for three years. As a senior high school student, he was chosen by the United States Government to participate in a one-year program at California Poly Technical University. He returned to Paine College Laboratory High School to receive his diploma. During World War II, he served three years in the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge. He entered Howard University and graduated Cum Laude in three years with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Finance. He received a Master's Degree from Columbia University in New York and did further study at the University of Georgia and Tuskegee Institute. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Silas Floyd Elementary School; teacher, coach and principal of Floyd Graham Elementary School, principal of Levi White Elementary School, A.R. Johnson Junior High School, and was the first principal of A.R. Johnson Health Profession Magnet School. He retired from the Richmond County School System after thirty-four years. He was a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated on the National and District levels and was granted life membership by Psi Omega Chapter. He has been recognized for forty, fifty, and sixty years of service by the national office. He established Gamma Beta at Paine College and Omega Eta at Augusta State University (now Augusta University). He was one of five persons to establish the Georgia State Omega Organization. His community involvement included serving as co-chairman of the Mayor's Education for Census Count, served on the Board of Directors for Sickle Cell Anemia and chairman of the NAACP, Augusta Chapter, Membership Committee. He was preceded in death by his parents and his five siblings. He leaves to cherish fond memories, his wife of forty-nine years, Betty J. Bryant; two sons, Dr. Rommell Bryant of Long Beach, California and William B. (Nancy) Bryant, Jr. of Grovetown, Georgia; one daughter, Patrece Bryant Grant of Savannah, Georgia; three grandchildren, William B. Bryant III and Santana Nicole Bryant, both of Grovetown, Georgia, Taylor Danielle Grant of Savannah; one son-in-law, Samuel Grant of Savannah, Georgia; five nieces, Gwendolyn Peters and Tanya Patton, both of Chicago, Illinois, Trena (Wayne) Bynoe of Jonesboro, Georgia, Cheryl Bohler of Atlanta, Georgia, and DeAnna (Edwin) McGhee of Smyrna, Georgia; one nephew, George (Shelia) Bryant, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Johnson and Brenda Johnson, both of Augusta, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Ervin (Betty) Johnson, Jr. of Augusta; godchildren, Clarence Hollis, Keith Dorsey, Sidney Walker, Dr. Lola Russell, Kwanda Reid-Palmer, and Davina Smalley; great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Psi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Specify Bryant Brothers Omega Scholarship Award. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, with Reverend Dr. J. Andrew Menger officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends this evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1114 12th Street, Augusta. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401. The Augusta Chronicle-March 14, 2016


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