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3124 Robinson Drive
WACO, TX 76706
Phone: 254-662-2131
Fax: 254-662-1311
John Bryant

John Thomas "J.T." Bryant

Wednesday, July 28th, 1926 - Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
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John Thomas (J.T.) Bryant, 92, of Gatesville, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018. A Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 3rd at Gatesville Church of Christ, 2417 E. Main St., Gatesville, with Edward Schaub officiating. There will be a visitation 1 hour prior to service, starting at 10:00 AM at the church. The family had a private burial for J.T. at Restland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Pecan Grove Funeral Home.

J.T. was born July 28, 1926 to Will Douthitt and Ethel Cornelia (Frazier) Bryant on a farm near Rogers. He had the great adventure of growing up in 29 places in the Hill Country and West & Central Texas, his favorites being Rogers, a 30,000 acre ranch outside of Van Horn, Temple, and Gatesville. J.T. served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was stationed in Philippines, Guam, Saipan, and Iwo Jima during his time in the service. J.T. married Betty Melton on May 2, 1948 in Temple, Texas. He was in management at Lone Star Gas for 15 years and spent 12 years as the Superintendent at Christ’s Haven for Children in Keller. After retiring twice before, he worked for Scott’s Funeral Home for just over 17 years before retiring a third time. He and Betty enjoyed traveling and camping. J.T. also enjoyed cars, music, and playing “42” with family. J.T. was a longtime resident of Gatesville, serving on the Gatesville City Council, and a faithful member of Gatesville Church of Christ, serving as an elder for several years. He was a kind, Christian gentleman with a deep interest in people, was a faithful friend and mentor, a wonderful husband, and a great Daddy and Papaw.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife of 70 years, Betty.

J.T. is survived by his children, Donna Cranfill and husband Bill, John Bryant and wife Meagan; grandchildren, Kristi Braly and husband Wade, Karen Robbins and husband Mark, Amy Stewart and husband Chris, Karla Swanson and husband Jeff, Amber Innerarity and husband Matt; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Paxton, Pat Tallman; sister-in-law, Rachel Bundrant; brother-in-law, Bill Melton and wife Patsy; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

J.T.’s family would like to thank Hillside Nursing and Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to Foster’s Home for Children, PO Box 978, Stephenville, Texas 76401.
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Gatesville Church of Christ
    2417 E. Main St.
    GATESVILLE, TX 76528
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  • Interment

    Restland Cemetery
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    Private Family Burial


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My condolences to the Bryant family during this difficult time. In the Bible, Jehovah God gives us hope. Acts 24:15 says, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” Revelation 21:4 says, “and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.” Very soon we will see the fulfillment of these promises here on Earth.

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