Byron J. Bryant

September 18, 1922September 23, 2013

Byron Jaye Bryant, 91, of Abilene, TX went home to his Heavenly Father on Monday, September 23, 2013, after a short illness. Funeral services will be 10:00a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with Merlin Morrow officiating. Burial will follow in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be John William Bryant, Dawson Byron Bryant, James Jaye Bryant, Kevin Reichert, and Brian Grubbs. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons. Viewing will be on Friday from 12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. at the funeral home and there will be a visitation with the family in the funeral home after the burial on Saturday.

Byron was born in Winters, Texas on September 18, 1922. He was the son of George Houston and Della Minshew Bryant. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter; Park, Floyd, George, Dutch, Chester, Byron, and Bobbye. Later, his family moved to Merkel, Texas where he played football, and was selected as a captain. He has since been enshrined in the Merkel High School Football Hall of Fame.

Though he could have gotten a waiver from serving in World War II due to a football injury, he enlisted in 1942 as part of the United States Army Air Corps. He served as an aircraft mechanic and earned Honorable Discharge in 1945. Following the war, he came to Abilene and worked for McCormick Typewriter Sales, and later worked for Boggs-Daniel Office Machines until his retirement.

Byron was married for fifty years to the love of his life, Maureen Moore of Tye, Texas. They had two sons, John William and Ronald Jaye. Maureen passed away on August 6, 1996 and is buried in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery in Abilene. Byron was a member of the Victory Men’s Bible Class and the Adult I Men’s Bible Class for more than 61 years. Byron was also a member of Masonic Lodge #559 in Abilene for more than 50 years. He was considered the “Ultimate Patriot” because of his love and service to his country.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. His only sister, Bobbye Strothers resides in Sugarland, Texas. He is survived by sons, John William and wife, Betsy of Abilene, and Ronny Jaye and wife, Teresa of Abilene; grandchildren, John and Tina Bryant of Tuscola, Emily and Kevin Reichert of Georgetown, TX, Dawson Byron and Courtney Bryant of Abilene , Leya and Brian Grubbs of Frisco, TX, and James Jaye Bryant of Abilene; great-grandchildren, Byron Reese Bryant, Kellon Bryant, Grace Reichert, Hannah Reichert, Gage Byron Bryant, Katherine Bryant, Payton Grubbs, Tyler Grubbs, Walker Jaye Grubbs, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friend of thirteen years, Dorris Roberts of Abilene.

Our family would like to express its thanks to Dr. George Dawson, and Hospice of the Big Country.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Baptist Church, 1333 N. 3rd, Abilene, TX 79601 or Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford St., Abilene, TX 79605.



  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2013


  • Interment

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Deborah Hoffman

September 28, 2013

Ronnie, I'm so sorry I was unable to attend the funeral this morning. My prayers are with you and your family during this time. God bless you with peace.

Emma Shugart

September 27, 2013

Thinking of you at this time . May God give you the comfort you need . Love Emma Shugart

September 27, 2013

We regret we will be out of town and unable to attend Byron's memorial service. We are grateful for the way he has blessed our lives through the Victory Bible Class and First Baptist Church. With our sympathy and prayers. Kermitt and Gaye Newton

September 27, 2013

I have known Byron, Bobbye and all of the
Bryant family for many years. In fact, Bobbye and Janis had been keeping me informed since his illness. I grew up in Merkel and we all went to school togather. My daughter made a picture of Byron and me at Merkel Homecoming last year. I know everyone will miss Byron, but I pray that your happy memories will be of much consolation to all of you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Jo (Jody) Hutchins Briley, Odessa, Texas.

Mike and Karen Murphy

September 26, 2013

Rony, John and family we are sorry for your loss. "Lunchie" was very special to the Murphy's and especially me for his assistance in my Masonic work.

We will miss him and say a special prayer for you and your family. Byron was a great man.

September 26, 2013

I am so sorry about the death of your dad. He was a great and faithful friend to my dad Jim Vanderveer and to our family. My greatest wish is they find each other in Heaven and talk about all the Hunting they did together. God be with your family in this time of sorrow. Kay Vanderveer Denton.

Aubrey Allen

September 26, 2013

Ronny---So sorry about your Dad I know you will miss him, but be thankful for 91 years of his life.

Palmer McCown

September 26, 2013

I am so sorry to be out of the city. I would love to be at Byron's memorial service. We are visiting our son in Germany.
I pray God's blessings and his presence on the family.