Bryan Allison Flint, Sr.
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Bryan Allison Flint, Sr. 87, of Jackson, MS, passed away on August 30, 2013 after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Stonewall Cemetery near Ethel, MS. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 PM at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison.
Mr. Flint was born in Ethel, MS; he joined the US Army infantry to fight in World War II when he was 18 years old. His most famous stories were about fighting in the Battle of the Bulge at Elsenborn Ridge, Belgium, and post-war stationing in Paris, France. When he returned to Ethel after the war he met Mary Donald whom he married February 2, 1949. During his life he was an entrepreneur of one of the first "curb side service" convenience stores in South Jackson known as the Minit Mart. He also worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where he retired in 1981. Mr. Flint wrote the following poem about the war which was published in the Checkerboard Military Publication:
Who Am I?
A badge of blue on my chest,
For things I've done in the past,
I haven't shaved, can't say when,
A wool knit cap tied under my chin,
To keep my face warm in the cold wind,
I lay in the foxhole quiver and shake,
Ice and mud fall in my face,
My teeth chatter and stomach rolls,
Pray to God for my soul,
The 88 rumbled and roared,
A Kraut soldier looking to score,
Tiger tanks move in fast,
Knocking things down in its path,
My mother said I was barely weaned,
Left for the Army in blue jeans,
You see, I was still in my teens,
I'm no Johnny come lately,
I am a Battle Baby.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and strongly believed in higher education for his children and family. Words cannot adequately express the deep love and dedication he had for his family. He will be painfully missed but always remembered for the wonderful person and role model that he was.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Donald Flint, 5 children, Lynn Rhemann (Forrest), Dr. Bryan Flint, Jr. (Valerie), Vicki Pritchett (George), Terri Hughes (Leo), Mary Ann Canterbury, 14 grandchildren , Krista, Trey, Amy, Allison, Alisha, Angela, Amber, Bryan A. Flint III, Brooke, Lauren, Slater, Brecken, Alexa and Kelsey, and 13 great grandchildren. Additional survivors are his siblings Matt Lamar Flint, Flora Bell Breazeale, & Darthy Virginia Murphy. He was preceded in death by his parents William
Chessley and Martha Lee Bell Flint, siblings, William Chessley "Dub" Flint, Jr,. David Sherrell Flint, Maggie Delena Butler, and Janie Marie Barrett.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Co-Lin Foundation, Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in memory of Bryan A. Flint, or a
Natchez Trace Cemetery Funeral Home & Crematory
759 Hwy 51
Madison, MS 39110
Published in Clarion Ledger on Sept. 1, 2013