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Rudy Allan Bryant was born on March 15, 1950, in Bristol, Virginia. The youngest of five children born to Raymond Bryant and Janey Kivette Bryant, he moved with his family to Odessa, Texas when he was only a year old and grew up as an avid "Longhorns" and Houston Oilers fan. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1968 and attended Odessa College for two years before settling into his life-long career in newspaper circulation. Rudy started in the newspaper business when he was nine by helping his older brother, Ray Douglas Bryant, throw papers for the Odessa American newspaper and took over his own route at the age of 11. By the time he was 17, he was managing single copy circulation for the Odessa American while finishing his school and dabbling in a side business repairing radio and CB communications devices. He had worked his way up to circulation director when he met the woman who would become the love of his life. On July 9, 1976, Rudy married Brenda Kay Boone and adopted her two small children, Leslie and David, giving them his last name to show them how much he loved them. His youngest daughter, Lisa, came along in 1979 and a year later, another promotion took his family to McAllen, Texas, where he took over the circulation department for The Monitor newspaper. After his wife passed away in 1988, he returned to Odessa and took a job with The Dallas Morning News. He moved to Midland shortly after and began working as a city circulation manager at the Midland Reporter-Telegram in June 2006. He passed away of heart failure at Midland Memorial Hospital April 7, 2014. Rudy was a loving father and a devoted husband and son, always willing to sacrifice for his family. He supported his children's career decisions, whether or not he agreed with those decisions, and when his grandchildren were born, he would often say that if he had known how much fun his grandchildren were going to be, he would have had them first. His favorite color was blue and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing golf and listening to Elvis, because no one could ever compare to the "King of Rock and Roll." While not a musician himself, Rudy was a master of playing the world's smallest violin between his thumb and forefinger. He only knew how to play one song, however, which he titled "My Heart Bleeds for You." Rudy loved to travel and see new places, often stopping at every historical marker on the side of the road during vacations to take a picture. He dreamed of traveling to Florida in a recreational vehicle with his entire family, to include his son-in-law, Juan Trevino, Jr., his daughter-in-law, Michele Lia Bryant, and all his grandchildren, a dream his children were highly dubious of. His sense of humor was infectious, and he often found ways to fulfill birthday and Christmas wishes in a literal sense. His children learned early to never ask him to pass anything at the dinner table, because he would tell them to "catch" and then throw it like a football, and when his granddaughter would lose her cell phone and ask him to call it for her, he would yell out for it as if he was searching for a lost pet. Rudy is survived by his three children, Leslie Ann Trevino, David Allan Bryant, and Lisa Rae Bryant; his three sisters, Revonda Ikeler, Rowan Halfacre and Reta Russell; and his three grandchildren, Christopher Ard, Megan Kay Wells and Heather Kay Trevino. Services will be held at the Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., after which he will be laid to rest next to his wife at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Services are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. Read Notice
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