Walter Bryant
1938-2007



Walter Bryant, also known as "Brian" was born on Sept 17, 1938 to the late Velmo Bryant, Sr., and Leola Bryant. He was born and raised in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he attended Central High School and was the captain of the football team. Brian was raised baptist in a Christian home, accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He worked for many years as the property manager of a 20-story high rise development in MT. pleasant, Washington, D.C. Brian read hundreds of books in his younger years and knew the Bible from cover to cover. He enjoyed learning and loved sharing his knowledge of life. He was very articulate and charming. His silver hair, handsome face and football build were his distinguishing characteristics. He was a leader and very athletic in his teenage years and in his latter years was a loving and wise father figure. his proper educated way of speaking, charming laugh and electric smile would light up any room or any heart. He had a contagious charm and charisma that inspired the devotion of many friends. he had a couple of sayings that any one of his friends could recite in unison, "If I tell you fire burns, would you stick your hand in it" and " With a thought you always think, think it and speak it repetitiously." Brian will be sorely missed but we are all glad he has gone to a resting place to be with his Father in Heaven. Brian leaves to cherish his memory his two sons; Rickey Bryant, Kofie Bryant, Sr. (Laressa); grandchildren: Abena Bryant, Kofie Bryant, Jr., and Nanya Bryant; one brother: James Bryant; three sisters: Essie Taylor, Marlin Mc Gasey and Marline Washington of Natchitoches, Louisiana; three step-sons: Tony, Mark, and Michael Sullivan; two step-daughters, Rene Sullivan, Cynthia Sullivan: a devoted friend and companion, Janice Baltimore: and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded him in death are his brothers, Velmo Bryant, Jr, and L. J. Hooper; and companion Sandra Sullivan. You are " My Happily Ever After" There you are: In my favorite yesterdays-your voice, with such a humble ring, about a million snapshots of your smile..And though other memories may fade, the ones I've made with you stay so clear,. How about the one with the repetitious speaking about sticking your hand in the fire, (hmm) There you are in the every today- the one I laugh with, the one I learn on.. and when it seems I couldn.t know you any better, I find something brand new about you to shine on. There you are: In my plans and dreams making forever look so beautiful...and here I am hoping you know that you are a special part of a well lived life. There you are joyfully saying: Don't grieve for me, for I'm now free. I'm following the path god laid for me. I took his hand when heard him call; I turned my back and left it all, I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I found that place at the close of the day. If parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy: A friendship and love that shared a laugh, a kiss: Ah Yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, With you the sunshine of tomorrow. m My life's been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems to brief, Don't lengthen it now with undo grief, Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now, He set me free.. Your happily ever after, Janice Baltimore

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