Greely Bryant

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 24, 2008

Greely V. Bryant
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C.—Greely Vernon Bryant, 86, of Charlotte Street, died Oct. 21, 2008, at Guardian Care of Roanoke Rapids.
Mr. Bryant was a long-time member of Rosemary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids.
He served his country proudly during World War II, serving as a corporal in the United States Army.
Upon returning to Roanoke Rapids, he secured a job with White Motors where he was noted as one of their best mechanics, working there until his retirement in 1985.
In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman; patrolling the Roanoke River for rockfish, searching for an elusive bass on Lake Gaston or a day catching bream in one of his favorite fishing holes — “Big Run” on the Potecasi Creek in Northampton County.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon M. Bryant and Millie C. Futrell Bryant; his wife, Opal DeBerry Bryant; a son, Farris Bryant; and two brothers, James Foyd Bryant, formerly of Roanoke Rapids, and Hinton “Ray” Bryant, formerly of the Ashley’s Grove community in Northampton County.
Survivors include one sister, Geraldine Phillips and husband Norman of Emporia; and nieces and nephews, Jean Bryant Rushing and husband Sonny of Brunswick, Ga.; Marie Bryant Holland of Suffolk; Shirley Bryant McKinney of Brunswick; Steve Bryant and wife Connie of Roanoke Rapids; Teresa Bryant Hux and husband Dalton of Roanoke Rapids; Cindy Bryant Vinson of Murfreesboro, N.C.; Calvin Bryant and wife Deborah of Ahoskie, N.C.; and Tommy Bryant and wife Patricia of Milwaukee, N.C..
Funeral services was held Thursday at Hockaday Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids. Dr. Alfred Askew conducted the service.
Burial followed in Cedarwood Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids.