James Bryant
FUNERAL HOME
Frank E. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory
405 North Columbus Street
Lancaster, OH
ATHENS - James C. Bryant, Ph.D., Vice-President Emeritus of Ohio University, went to be with Our Lord on Friday, April 9. Jim would have been 90 on his birthday later in April.
Jim leaves his beloved wife, Jean L. Bryant; his sons, Jamie and his wife, Jayne Allen Bryant, Matthew, Christopher and his wife, Britt Lundgren Bryant; grandchildren, Christina Elizabeth Bryant and fiancé, Branden Wilson, James A. Bryant, Lydia C. Bryant, and Alexander B. Bryant; sister, Helen T. Bryant; sisters-in-law, Margaret Martin Bryant, Elizabeth Lawrence Frey, Alexis Medvedef Lawrence, and Sally Bischoff Lawrence; and god-children, Dina LoNano Fograshy, Paul G. Bryant, and Peter Mudre.
Jim served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War but Jim was sent instead to Orleans, France, where he and Jean met.
Family members who have gone before Jim include his parents, James T. Bryant and Helen Heath Bryant; his brother Charles W. Bryant; his in-laws Marion and Hazel Edwards Lawrence; his brothers-in-law Bob, Bill, Jack, J. Richard Frey, and David Lawrence; and many nieces and nephews, as well as his Newfoundland pals, first Sassy, and then Cassie.
Visitation at the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 405 N. Columbus Street, Lancaster, OH 43130, will be on Monday, April 12 from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-7:30 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at St. Mark Church, 324 Gay Street in Lancaster, Ohio. A private burial of the cremains will be held at a later date.
Thank you to all of the people in Lancaster and at Ohio University who have enriched our lives. Thank you to Dr. Ralph Romaker, our caring doctor of many years and his nurse Sue. Thank you to Dr. Kandru at Lancaster Hospital who was so kind and helpful to us. Thank you to Home Helpers and to the wonderful people at Hospice who made life so much better for all of us during Jim's last few days, especially Tammy Sullivan, Jim's nurse. Thank you to Robin Boley who stayed with Jim while Jean was in the hospital with a broken leg and then who stayed with both of us until the end.
In lieu of flowers, you may give to a charity of your choice, to St. Mark Church, to Fairhope Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio, or to Jim's scholarship for international students at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701.
To leave an online condolence, and sign the guestbook, please visit www.funeralhome.com.


Published by The Athens Messenger from Apr. 12 to Apr. 16, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Apr
12
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Frank E. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory
405 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, OH
Apr
12
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Frank E. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory
405 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, OH
Apr
12
Vigil
7:30p.m.
Frank E. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory
405 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, OH
Apr
13
Funeral Mass
10:30a.m.
St. Mark Church
324 Gay Street, Lancaster, OH
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Dear Jean and Family,

I was saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. He brings back many memories of great holiday get-togethers we had at the Batchelor’s over the years. Jim accomplished many fine achievements during his life and will be sorely missed by friends and his coworkers at Ohio University. He has been a great part of your life for many years and it will take time to adjust to his passing. I am sure your family will be a big help to you. I know from my loss of my beautiful Scot sweetheart and wife of 61 years in 2018.
Burt Ziels [email protected]

Burton Ziels
Friend
April 24, 2021
Dear Jean and family,
I have been honored to know you since I believe 1964 while a student at Bishop Fenwick High school. I had two years of French class with the Mrs., and a year of Bookkeeping with Mr. Bryant. I have to say that with all the classes, including college, that I took in my lifetime, bookkeeping class was the most useful and practical. I kept books for my husband's business and still balance my checkbook every month! Jim, Mr. Bryant, made the class fun. He could sound so gruff with some of his remarks, yet we knew he wasn't really gruff, but entertaining. He kept our attention in a class that could have been humdrum. You both graced our class reunions many times over the years and we were always glad to have the chance to interact with you again. You were such a vibrant couple, with many interesting life experiences. Truly fate brought two soul mates together to make a lifetime of memories to cherish. Your memories will keep Jim alive for you and all who will miss him. I will be keeping you in my prayers as you adjust to a new kind of life.
Deepest sympathies,
Vickie (Elick) Guay (Bishop Fenwick High School-Class of 1965)










Vickie (Elick) guay
Student
April 12, 2021
Mme Bryant, je suis désolée d’apprendre le décès de votre mari. Je dis des prières pour vous et votre famille, en vous souhaitant réconfort et force.
Susan Bloom
Student
April 11, 2021
Jamie, Jayne and Family... Debbie and I are sending thoughts and prayers.
Jeff and Debbie Solenbarger
Friend
April 11, 2021
May God wrap his arms around you and your family during this time of grief. Thinking and praying for you today and in the weeks and months ahead.
The Menosky family
Friend
April 11, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Rebecca Nye
Student
April 10, 2021
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