Donald G. Bryant

April 10, 1923March 21, 2013

Donald Grant Bryant died peacefully at home, surrounded by family on March 21, 2013. He was born on April 10, 1923, son of the late James Robert Bryant, Sr. and the late Lillian Grant Cameron.

Mr. Bryant was a graduate of Central High School and Davidson College, where he served as President of the Davidson Alumni Association, on the Board of Trustees and was inducted into the Davidson College Sports Hall of Fame. He was a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp during WWII, serving as a cold weather test pilot of B-17s in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mr. Bryant, along with his father, James R. Bryant, Sr. and his brother, James R. Bryant Jr. owned and operated J M Harry and Bryant Co. as a family business for over 60 years. He was elected president of the National Selected Morticians and served as Chairman of National Foundation of Funeral Service.

During his active years, Mr. Bryant served as president of the United Way, president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, president of Discovery Place, chairman of the Baptist Children's Home of NC, the board of Mercy Hospital, president of the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, president of the Charlotte Country Club, and chairman of the USGA 1972 Men’s Amateur Championship. Mr. Bryant was a charter member of Myers Park Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the Board of Deacons. Special awards included the Civitan Man of the Year Award and the George Williams YMCA Award. Mr. Bryant was instrumental in organizing the first Little League in Charlotte. He served two terms on the Charlotte City Council from 1961-1965. He was a member, and greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of the Colonels Club and the Piedmont Club.

Mr. Bryant had an abiding love of family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Robert Bryant Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Frances Vinson Bryant and their daughters, Melissa Bryant and Cameron Icard and her husband, Tom; and his beloved grandchildren, Cameron Graeber, Bryant Graeber, Thomas Icard and Lillian Icard. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sarah B. Bryant and his nephews, James R. Bryant III and Frank L. Bryant.

The family would like to thank Jim Lawton, Ella Douthit and Patty Johnson for their tireless care.

A service to celebrate the life of Donald Bryant will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Myers Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends in Heaton Hall following the service.

Memorials may be made to Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207-2582 or to Davidson College at PO Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

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March 26, 2013

Dear Frances,
Gearlene and I wish to express our prayers for you and your family. Don was always very supportive of so many charitable institutions along with their employees and loved ones.
With hope and love,
Gearlene and Steve Hoffman

Mike and Sandy Masterman

March 25, 2013

Dear France and the Bryant family-
My dad (Bill Masterman) and Don went to
School together and they were lifelong friends-
I never saw Don at a function that he didn't say hi Mike-how's the family? Most of my friends snd my brothers played baseball for Harry and Bryant-
What a true gentleman and an asset to the City of Charlotte-He will be missed-all of you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Mike and Sandy Masterman

Jerry Greenhoot

March 25, 2013

Our condolences to Don's family and friends. Don was a fine and gentle man, and we're proud to have shared a small bit of his exemplary life. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Frank Jones

March 24, 2013

Don was the first coach of any kind I ever had. I played baseball with H&B from 1951-1954. Don was one of the best coaches I ever had! There are always one or two folks in your life that make a lasting imprint on your life and Don was one of them. I will miss him.

We rejoice with the family in Don's homecoming;
We shed tears of sorrow with you for your loss;
We lift you up in our prayers for peace and comfort;
And hope that each day will get better and better.
Frank Jones

March 24, 2013

Dear Frances and Family: We extend our sympathy at this time of your loss and extend gratitude for our priviledge of knowing this wonderful gentleman. I feel honored to have know Don and serve with him on the Board of National Selected Morticians.

Bill and Dee Allnutt Greeley Colorado

David Twiford

March 24, 2013

My condolences to the family. Funeral service has lost a true gentleman and a pioneer in our profession. May your memories find you comfort in the days ahead. David H. Twiford, Twiford Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, NC

Rev. Louise Tallman

March 23, 2013

There are no words to convey my sympathies to Don's wonderful family. He was a gentle-man and a wonderful role model for others. He lived his life with dignity including the past years when he was challenged with illness. He cared so about his family and any other person who crossed paths in his life.
I think fondly of the times after I moved from Charlotte that Don and Francis welcomed me into their lovely home when I would visit the area. Don, the book you gave to my husband Jim this past December will be cherished in a special spot in our bookshelf as will the time we spent with you and Francis that afternoon. We parted that day with a prayer and look forward to meeting you again "one day..."
Don, thank you for being YOU....and for your family helping you help yourself be YOU and dying with dignity!!!!
Peace, and love to Don and his family, Rev. Louise Tallman and Jim Stephens

KarenBishop Barrett

March 22, 2013

A fine gentleman. Our condolences to the family and friends. Two former Charlotteans with fond memories. Karen & Jim in Florida.

C Woods

March 22, 2013

My condolences to the family. The Almighty will give you strength and comfort. Bless you.