Katharine Bryant

August 30, 1921January 6, 2013

Katharine “Angy” Phillips Bryant passed away January 6, 2013. She was born August 30, 1921 in Akron, Ohio and later moved with her family to Atlanta, Georgia and North Carolina before settling in Tennessee where she spent most of her life. Preceded in death by husband Harley Brentley Bryant, Sr., parents Robert Glenn Phillips, Sr., and Madge Stiles Phillips, sisters Virginia Phillips Hargis, Ruthell Phillips Bryant and brother Robert Glenn “Bob” Phillips, Jr. Survived by children Sybil Bryant Gamble (fiance Golman H. Hall), Harley Brentley Bryant, Jr. (Janice); grandchildren Rodney Bryant Gamble (Patti), Harley Brentley Bryant III (Natasha), Alexander William Bryant (fiance Donna McCarter) and Nena Maria Bryant; great-grandchildren Emily and Austin Gamble, Westin and Eric Bryant and Ava Bryant; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Katharine taught school in Blount County for 42 years, most of those at Lanier and one year at Carpenters. She pioneered the first Special Education program in East Tennessee at Fairview. She also taught one year in Monroe County. Katharine had a great love for her students and they loved her. She enjoyed traveling, arts, crafts and nature, especially sunsets, mountains and waterfalls. She was an avid reader and a master story-teller with a great affection for animals and birds, especially dogs, eagles and hummingbirds. She was a life-long member of Nelson Chapel Church of Christ. A special thank you to her “best buddy” Pamela “Val” Lane for her unending love and care of Katharine and to husband Jack for taking care of the dogs. Sharing their grandchildren Hannah and Logan Robbins brought Katharine much joy. The late Sheila Porter Rhyne's loving acts of kindness will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Kenneth McSpadden for making Katharine's life better in so many ways. Catherine Culp's many cheerful visits will always be cherished. Much appreciation is given to niece Judy Bryant for her support throughout Katharine's illness and to her fellow employees and owners of City Drug. Susan Martin Harris was a special angel who brought many smiles to Katharine with her attention and gifts. The family would like to thank everyone who came to visit Katharine and to those who brought their pets. Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation went above and beyond with their loving care and affection during Katharine's stay. The personal touch and many kindnesses will forever be remembered. The family will receive friends at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. The funeral service will be immediately following with Tom Maxwell officiating. At Katharine's request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (1-800-822-6344). Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Service Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • interment Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Sally Ramirez-deRouen

January 20, 2013

Sybil and Brentley-Phyllis just sent me the notice that your mom passed away, I was sadden by her passing but knew that her health was not the best. I will never forget her and the special times that we had when I was in school with her at Lanier(the pictures from Alaska and her special boots that she wore), the times that we spent with each other during the family reunions and when you and your mom came through Los Angeles and we spent that layover just visiting(and waving to the UT fans going to the game that day). She always made me feel special in the family and I know that she will be missed by so many. I will remember her always and the special times that we had together that will keep her in my heart and soul forever. Love to both of you

Loretta Gladden

January 12, 2013

I was so sad to hear of Mrs Bryant passing,she was the best teacher I ever had.She told me I needed to leave Tennessee to make a better life for myself and she was so right,I was so happy to be able to tell her that at the school reunion a few years back,I will always be thank full for her direction and incourgement.I know she helped a lot of us make good decisions.
Loretta Gladden Smith(virginia Beach,Va)

January 11, 2013

Inez Burns and Katherine were great friends. Several times I took Inez to see her. As soon as we got there Katherine would start trying to feed us. Always a good time. I visited her at Colonial, but not since them. With sincere sympathy. Lorene Smith

George & Vida Maples

January 11, 2013

Sybil, Brentley, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love and God Bless,

Gwynne Rose

January 11, 2013

Sybil and Brentley we are very saddened by the loss of your mother, she was a wonderful teacher and a special person. My condolences to the family.
She was a teacher to the Rose family all nine at Lanier. God bless your family

Ralph Tindell

January 11, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful person. I am thinking of you Sybil and Brentey and my prayers are with you and all your family GOD Bless you

Troy Fitzhugh Stroud

January 10, 2013

My sincere condolences to Sybil and Bentley. Your Mom was a splendid lady who touched many lives. She will be remembered fondly.

Kyle Tallent

January 10, 2013

She was difinitely a wonderful teacher who loved her job. They dont make them like her anymore.

Harold Baldwin

January 10, 2013

I offer my condolences to Sybil and Brentley and family. Katharine was a fine person.

Sharon Cable Turner

January 9, 2013

Katharine Bryant you were my very favorite teacher back in school. God bless you, I will always remember you and everything about you. I pray for your whole family during this time. You will always be remembered never forgotten. Love You