Gary Lee Bryant
Gary Lee Bryant
  • September 7, 1945 - July 24, 2017
  • Charlotte, North Carolina

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Dateline: Charlotte

"We are so blessed to have them" were the last words this beloved father and grandfather spoke about his grandchildren. Reverend Gary Lee Bryant, 71, went home to be with his heavenly Father on Monday, July 24, 2017 after a brief illness. Gary was born in Hico, W. VA on September 7, 1945 to the late A.H. and Eva (Crist) Bryant. He graduated from King College in Bristol, TN in 1968 and Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA in 1971. He served in three congregations: First Presbyterian in Lumberton, NC as an Associate minister from 1971-1974, First Presbyterian in Kings Mountain, NC as minister from 1974-1981 and Paw Creek Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC as minister from 1981-2015.

Gary was a people person who would do anything to help others. He had a way of making people feel special. Among other attributes he was a writer, golfer, sportsman and musician. He loved a good story and was famous for his own. With the youth he was known for his large but gentle hands and his high-fives. Most of all he loved his family and was a proud father and grandfather.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 50 years, Linda Gail Ladd Bryant of Charlotte; son, Mark Andrew Bryant of Charlotte and two daughters, Elizabeth Ladd Bryant Honeycutt and husband, Jimmy of Mount Holly, and Daeng M. Hawkins of Huntersville, NC; grandchildren, Zoey Paxton Bryant, Hunter Grayson Bryant and Aniyah Andrea Bryant; special friend, Sylvia Marlene Thames; aunt, Emma Righi of Sandusky, OH and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Ann Bryant.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM - 8:00PM, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church sanctuary.

A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 7400 Mt. Holly Road, Charlotte, NC followed by a celebration of his life to be held at 12:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Reverend Veronica Cannon and Reverend Christopher Lee will preside.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Paw Creek Presbyterian Church Youth Program or Hopewell Presbyterian Church Children's Program.

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Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley is honored to serve the Bryant family.