William Curtis Bryant
William Curtis Bryant
  • April 13, 1927 - December 2, 2017
  • Oxford, Mississippi

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William Curtis Bryant, age 90, died peacefully Saturday evening, December 2, 2017, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford, MS.

William was born in Houlka, MS, on April 13, 1927, and later served in the Army branch of the United States military as a teenager during World War II, where he was stationed in the Philippines. Upon returning home in 1948, William met and married his wife of 69 years, Maxine Burgess Bryant. After a 10 year welding career in New Orleans, LA he returned to his hometown to fulfill his lifelong dream of farming and cattle raising, He achieved this.

A dedicated son, husband, father, uncle and grandfather, William nursed his mother and sister into their advanced years and was active in the lives of his grandchildren. He excelled in cattle husbandry and rose early each morning to tend to them well into his 80's. He enjoyed humor, mostly his own, and occasionally that of others.

He once famously quipped, "I love my family like they were cattle." Instead of the other way around. Famed for his pancakes that he learned to make during his military career, a false alarm was raised when he jokingly announced one morning to hungry grandchildren that pancakes would not longer be served: "I've quit the profession," he said solemnly.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Bryant, of whose beauty and intelligence he praised; four children, Brenda Doredant, Jimmy Bryant, William C. Bryant, Jr. (Chip), and Michael Bryant (Michele); one sister, Betty McTune; a brother, Edward Bryant; five grandchildren, Melissa Frosch, Robert Doredant, Tonya Bailey, Brittney Kelton and Joshua Bryant; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Rice Bryant and Bessie Sansing Bryant; one sister, Martha Jo Bryant; three brothers, Wayne Bryant, Maurice Bryant and William Rice Bryant, Jr.; and one grandson, William C. Bryant III (Trey).

Services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Joshua Bryant officiating; burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka with Military Honors. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:30 to 8pm and Wednesday from 11 to 2 PM at the funeral home.