Ronald Coleman Bryant – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Ronald Coleman Bryant arrived at heaven’s gate at 2:00 PM Friday October 18 2013. Never being a quitter, he fought cancer for three long years. Friday he advanced toward heaven and the cancer cowardly surrendered leaving him cancer free forever. He departed this world at home surrounded by his family. His wife, of 62 years, Jerry Morris Bryant was at his side.

Ronald was born Nov. 2, 1927 in Cullman county, near the Corinth community to Amy Luker and Rutherford Earl Bryant. Friday he reunited with his parents and met their first born daughter Marilyn.

He joined the National Guard at the age of 20 and fought in the Korean War with the 1343rd Engineering (c) Battalion. After being released from The Guard, he worked for Robertson’s furniture store for about one year. He worked as a machinist at the Fedders (aka. Worthington) plant in Decatur, AL. for 18 years. After Fedders closed he was employed in construction work as a millwright for five years. One year after suffering a serious work related accident he bought a store on Austinville Road and named it “Bryant’s Grocery & Gas”. He ran Bryant’s Grocery store for 15 years. Afterwords became what he referred to as his Golden Years. He called himself a “Peddler” bought products and peddled them to area stores. He decided that playing eight to fourteen hours of golf per day was his true calling. Therefore, he quit full-time peddling to free up his day for full-time golf.

He currently awaits in heaven for his loving wife of 62 years, Jerry Morris Bryant, two sons Andy Bryant and wife Lorie, Vincent C Bryant and wife Terri, six grandchildren Camellia Bryant, Ronald C Bryant and wife Kahla “Carla”, Nicholas Bryant, Natalie Bryant, and Naomi Bryant, one great grandchild Paxton Bryant Gibbs.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Cochran, George Hartselle, Chase O’Brien, Stanley Penn, Kim Reeves and Cape Sandlin.

Visitation will be held Sunday October 20,2013 at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle, AL. Visitation will be from 12- 3, with the funeral starting at 3. Officiating will be Rev. David Lowery and Rev. Clyde Ledlow. Burial will be at Herring Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, to whom we are forever grateful for his care.

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