Billy Dean Bryan

Billy Dean Bryan

Billy Dean Bryan was born November 28, 1939 into the union of Myrtle Mavis Greer of Arcadia and Elvis Bryan of Downsville and died on September 16, 2013 peacefully at home.

Bill graduated from Downsville High School and then Louisiana State University. He received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University's first MBA class and became a CPA. Bill married Sue Hogg Bryan in 1962 and had three children, Scott, Jeff and Keli.

Bill began working in his father's sausage plant, Bryan Sausage, as a teenager and went on to manage the business for several decades. The company employed many local people and the sausage was widely distributed throughout the state. His business later became known as Downsville Foods and moved to Monroe.

Bill loved to travel and throughout his life he had many adventures with his family and friends. He traveled across the U.S. And Europe in a motor-home, bicycled with groups across mountains in Canada, and took long excursions through Central America. Bill had a passion for food. He loved trying new foods and he loved cooking for others, always something creative and delicious. Bill also loved organizing events and bringing new ideas to his community. He produced many personal growth workshops in the area as well as a celebrations, including the memorable Outlaw Music Festival of 1976 in Downsville.

Enjoying the outdoors was another favorite pastime of Bill, and he wanted to share that love with his community. In 2006, Bill and Sue donated 35 acres to the Village of Downsville to be protected as a nature preserve. Then he and his wife, Shelby, spent the last seven years of his life developing the park to serve as a recreational area that includes hiking trails, picnic areas, and a pond, as well as an outdoor classroom for students.

Bill was a visionary with a passionate and loving nature, living his life with intention, and fulfilling many of his dreams. He had a radiance about him with a wonderful attitude and smile. He loved life and he loved his family, always thinking of how to best support them.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Celebration of Life at Bryan Park on Saturday, September 21 from 4:30-9:30pm. Bill chose the theme "Every Day a Holiday, Every Meal a Picnic." Bring your lawn chair, picnic food and beverages. Grills are available for cooking. The sharing of memories and music will take place at the park pavilion. Bryan Park is located at 4644 Highway 151 in Downsville.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Elvis and Mavis Bryan, brother Charles Bryan, wife, Sue Bryan, and son, Scott Bryan. He is survived by his wife, Shelby McDuff; daughter Keli Bryan and husband Hany Nagib; son Jeff and wife Tempest Bryan; grandchildren, Trisha, Jeffrey, Jessica, Jared Bryan, Zain and Mazzen Nagib; great-grandchildren, Aden, Jeffrey, Jr., and Kayden.

The family would like to thank Hospice Compassis for their care, as well as the many friends who have supported us during this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mailed to: Village of Downsville, P. O. Box 128, Downsville, Louisiana 71234, to build a picnic shelter in Bryan Park.

Online Guestbook at

Griffin Funeral Home

West Monroe, LA

Published in The News Star on Sept. 19, 2013