Martha Jean Bryan(1928 - 2014)

Martha Jean Bryan

Martha Jean Bryan, age 85, of Clarksville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Sterling House.

She was born August 7, 1928 in Wingo, KY, daughter of the late Douglas Harvill Shepard and Minnie Lou Cooper Shepard. Martha was also preceded in death by daughter, Melanie Jo Ann Bryan; sister, Annie Lou Thompson; and brother, John Briggs Shepard.

Mrs. Bryan taught school in Centerville, TN and retired from Kroger after 23 years. She also was a member of Hilldale United Methodist Church and was involved in the Loaves and Fishes program.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 6, at 2:00 PM, at the Chapel of Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, with Rev. Skip Armistead officiating. Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, TN. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and on Friday, from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Barry Bryan, Tyler Bryan, Bryan Brake, William Kindred, Barry Kindred, and Marty Kindred, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Founders Class at Hilldale United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Bryan is survived by her husband, Waverly Gene Bryan; three sons, Barry Duncan Bryan, of Lebanon, TN, Gene Tyler Bryan, of Nashville, TN, and Marty Briggs Kindred, of Columbia, TN; daughter, Lynn Brake, of Clarksville; eleven grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hilldale United Methodist Church, 1751 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043, or to AseraCare Hospice, 1539-C Ashland City Road, Clarksville, TN 37040.

Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040. Online condolences may be made at


Funeral Home

Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home
1510 Madison Street Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 645-6488

Published in The Leaf Chronicle from June 4 to June 6, 2014