James B. Bryant

November 18, 1923July 16, 2013

James B. Bryant, 89, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife of 65 years, Texie.

He served our country in the U.S. Marine Corp and Navy as a decorated veteran of WWII and Korea. He was a master mason, Scottish rite and a Shriner. He was a member of River Bend Baptist Church where he served as the chairman of the deacons. After retirement with the Corp of Engineers, he volunteered and built Kingswood Baptist Church in Brandon, FL and the Kingswood Baptist Church School and other church family life centers. He is preceded in death by his wife, Texie, and one daughter, Joline Petten.

James is survived by his son, Paul James Bryant and wife Doris of Germany; two daughters, Brenda King and husband Mitchell and Evelyn Lawrence and fiance’ Bill Howell, all of New Bern; two brothers, Stanley Bryant of Kentucky; Verlyn Bryant of Virginia; two sisters, Desi Roberts of Kentucky; Verina Earp of Raleigh, NC; 12 grandchildren, Adam King, Brian King, Eric Wheelis, Wynn Wheelis, Rusty Lawrence, Ashley Lawrence, Lloyd Petten and Michelle DeCamp, Paul Bryant, Jr., Betina Postles, Inga Bryant, Anita Bryant, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Hudson, NC for the immediate family.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 20, 2013

James B. Bryant

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August 2, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr Bryant was so nice to me while the Bryants were going to RBBC and God bless the family.
Susan Bayliss

Chuck & Jackie Thompson

July 21, 2013

Great neighbor, great man, fellow Marine (different times), Semper Fi Sir, Heaven just received another guardian angel. RIP.

James Yezarski Jr and Sr

July 19, 2013

Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

Bill & Nancy Ritchie

July 19, 2013

He was a very tallanted man, a gentleman and a patriot.

Dave Wallace

July 17, 2013

Jim Bryant started the amateur music group he called Pickin & Grinin in 2000 at the River Bend Baptist Church. The group has grown exponentially and still plays every Friday night to a large audience at the Rhems firehouse. See webpage at