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William Spencer Bryant (1859-1941)


William Spencer Bryant, son of David and Susan Bryant, was born in Phelps County, Missouri, September 5, 1859 and departed this life suddenly on November 13, 1941, at Rolla, Missouri, being 82 years, 2 months and 8 days of age at time of death.

On March 20, 1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Emma Roberts and to this union twelve children were born, seven of whom survive, five daughters and two sons. Four children died in infancy and another daughter, Mrs. J.W. Gaddy, passed away on March 15, 1922. His wife preceded him in death April 12, 1912. He had made his home with his children for the past several years.

Those who survive are his children, Mrs. W.A. Cain of Dixon, E.A. Bryant of Columbia, Mrs. F.H. Blue and Mrs. C.E. Jones of Rolla, Mrs. C.L. Mathews of Monett, Mrs. C.M. Hallett and R.G. Bryant of St. Louis.

Besides his children he leaves to mourn his passing 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. All of his children, all of his grandchildren except 3 and all of his great-grandchildren, except one, were present at the funeral.

He was converted early in life and united with a Free-Will Baptist church. In a few years when this church was discontinued he united with the Sheppard Methodist church, south of Dixon.

He was a true husband, a kind and devoted father and to know him was to love him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Pisgah Cemetery under direction of F.H. Gilbert Funeral Home of Dixon.

Rolla Herald
Rolla, Missouri
20 November, 1941
page 5

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

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