William Junius Bryant died on Friday, December 31, 2021 at the age of 92. He was born March 18,
1929, in Arvonia, Virginia, the son of Ballard Bryant and Louise Snoddy Bryant. He is survived by his
wife of 70 years, Grace Davis Bryant and his five children; Stephanie Bryant Waynick (Ron), William
Wesley Bryant (Sandy), Susan Bryant Ritter (Lawrence “Tu”), Jill Bryant Lemos (Noah), & April Adair
Bryant (Paul Rutter); seven grandchildren; Patrick Waynick (Elizabeth), David Bryant (Dominga
“Posie”), Parker Bryant (Holly), Branch Vokes, Crosby Ritter, Page Ritter, & Henry Strautman, and five
great grandchildren; Geneva Waynick, Eadoian Waynick, Poppy Bryant, Wren Bryant and Cricket
Bryant, many cousins and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-
law Henry Hughes Davis & mother-in-law Eva Harland Davis, his sister Betty Jean Bryant Carson,
brother Keith Bryant, and grandson William Bryant.
“Bryant,” as most called him, worked for the C & O Railroad for 45 years as a signal engineer. He was a
great husband, father, and “Pa,” and a true renaissance man. He worked hard and provided for his family
with his knowledge and amazing ability to build, fix, and take care of everything. He was a lifelong avid
gardener and outdoorsmen, enjoying fishing and hunting and winning top honor in the State Big Game
Contest with an 18 point buck in 1969. He also liked to read and get things done. The patriarch of our
family will be dearly missed.
A private service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to
the Alzheimer’s Association.
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