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POQUOSON - Robert Murray Bryant Jr., 83, a native of Portsmouth, and Poquoson resident since 1949, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Helen & Robert M. Bryant Sr.; brother, Jimmy Bryant; and sister Beverly Schacht. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Ginny (Glendola); his four precious children, Robert E. Bryant & wife Carol, Karen B. Freeman & husband Jay, Michael Bryant & wife Bobbi Jo, and Kathy Flynn & husband Danny; nine grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild. His wife of 65 years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and their families were his whole life. Bobby attended Poquoson High School and graduated from Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was with Newport News Shipbuilding for 27 years as a welding engineer supervisor, and in 1963, was selected Co-Manager and later Business Manager for the Peninsula Shipbuilders Association (PSA) where he worked 20 tireless years for the benefit of its 20,000 members. He has been a member of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49 for most of his life and in 2014 received his 50 year pin and certificate for his dedicated service. He is a past member of Noble of the Mystic Shrine Khedive Temple of Norfolk, and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a lifetime member of the Newport News N.A.A.C.P; past-president of Newport News Leukemia Society; and past-director of Boy Scouts of America. Bobby was also the owner of many businesses, including Mid-Atlantic Seafood, until his retirement. He was a professional golfer, loved baseball and was a loyal Baltimore Orioles fan. In his younger years, he pitched for his father-in-law's (Vernon "Burn" Watkins) baseball team, the Messick Red Sox. Other favorite past-times were fishing, and enjoying his pipe and country music while watching the birds, deer and squirrels on his back porch. Masonic Rites will be performed tonight, 7:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, followed by visitation with the family until 8:30 PM. A Celebration of Bobby's life will be held Wednesday, 11:00 AM, at the funeral home by Rev. Katherine T. Gray, followed by Air Force honors. At other times the family will be at the home, 138 Cedar Rd., Poquoson. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy should go to the Poquoson Fire and Rescue, 830 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA, 23662, or to Riverside Hospice, 12420 Warwick Blvd., Suite 6-E, Newport News, VA, 23606. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the loving care provided to our beloved husband and father. Thank you Riverside Regional Medical Center Acute Care for the Elderly Team, Riverside House Calls, Riverside Home Health, Riverside Palliative Care and Hospice Team, Riverside Personal Care and Riverside DME. Words cannot express our appreciation for the loving care you provided.
Published in Daily Press from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2014
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