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MYRON B. BRYANT (18.104.22.168) is the son of Robert Emmons Bryant and Margaret Nomie (Church) Bryant. Myron was born on January 13, 1909 in Kelsey, Texas. On November 21, 1928, Myron Bryant married Mary Winnie Jones in Kelsey, Texas. Mary was born on November 1, 1909 in Corsicana, Texas and is the daughter of Earnest Stuart Jones and Daisy Eleana (Green) Jones. Myron and Mary Bryant are the parents of six children:
Robert Earnest Bryant (22.214.171.124.1), b. December 7, 1929, Kelsey, Texas
Lelia Beth Bryant (126.96.36.199.2), b. May 10, 1931, Kelsey, Texas
Myron B. Bryant, Jr. (188.8.131.52.3), b. November 25, 1932, Kelsey, Texas
Mavis Sue Bryant (184.108.40.206.4), b. October 7, 1934, Kelsey, Texas
Barbara Dianne Bryant (220.127.116.11.5), b. June 25, 1940, Gilmer, Texas
Annis Karen Bryant (18.104.22.168.6), b. November 16, 1945, Gilmer, Texas
Myron Bryant, Sr. was a farmer and dairyman. From 1933 until after World War II, he drove a milk delivery truck to Kilgore every day to deliver bottled milk. He later owned and operated a trucking business which carried bulk milk from his dairy farm and other producers to the processing plant. In 1967, he sold his trucking business and in 1971, he sold his dairy herd when his health forced him to retire. He often told his children, I love the land. Mary (Jones) Bryant died on March 17, 1977 in Dallas, Texas and Myron B. Bryant, Sr. died on July 30, 1977 in Gilmer, Texas. Myron Bryant was buried in Kelsey, Texas.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Myron B. Bryant, 1984
ROBERT EARNEST BRYANT (22.214.171.124.1) is the son of Myron B. Bryant and Mary Winnie (Jones) Bryant. Robert was born on December 7, 1929 in Kelsey, Texas. On January 23, 1954, Robert Bryant married Margot Sophie Elisabeth Goelker in Berlin, Germany. Margot was born on July 13, 1930 in Meiningen, Germany and is the daughter of Hugo Reinhold Georg Goelker and Sophie Elise (Herzog) Goelker. Robert and Margot Bryant are the parents of three children:
Klaus-Bernd Bryant, b. November 13, 1950, Parchim, Germany
Kristina Elena Bryant, b. September 6, 1955, Fort Meade, Maryland
Alexander James Bryant, b. November 7, 1969, Hoppstaetten, Germany
On September 28, 1948, Robert entered the United States Army which began a military career which lasted until his retirement twenty-six and one-half years later. After basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and electrician training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he was assigned to Berlin, Germany as Packing and Crating Specialist and Administrative Supervisor until April of 1954. Until July of 1954, he was assigned as Administrative Supervisor at the Atlanta General Depot and then was assigned the same position at Fort Meade, Maryland until December of 1955. During this period, Robert and Margot lived in Baltimore and Odenton, Maryland.
Until October of 1957, Robert was assigned to Bordeau Air Base in France living in Andernos, France. Until November of 1959, he was assigned as a Film Library Supervisor in Frankfurt, Germany. He had the same position until May of 1962 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri living at Rolla and Fort Leonerd Wood, Missouri. He returned to France at Portiers as an Administrative Supervisor until September of 1962 when he was assigned the same position at Baumholder, Germany. In June of 1965, he moved to Fort Lewis in Washington. In June of 1966, he was assigned to the First Infantry Division in Vietnam as Administrative Supervisor while his family resided in Tacoma, Washington. From August of 1967 to July of 1971, he was assigned to Nahbollenbach Army Depot, Nahbollenbach, Germany as an Administrative Supervisor and Career Counselor, residing at Idar-Oberstein, Germany. From August of 1971 to June of 1973, he was assigned to the United States Advisory Group, Army National Guard, Camp Murray, Tacoma, Washington when he was assigned to the United States Army Readiness Group, Fort Lewis, Washington residing in Tacoma.
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After retiring from the Army on May 31, 1975, he worked as a theatre manager for the Cascade Theatres in Federal Way, Washington. From March of 1976 to August of 1977, he attended an Electricians Course through Bates Vocational School at Fort Lewis, Washington. From September of 1977 until the present, he has been working as Theatre Activity Supervisor, Northwest Area Exchange, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Fort Lewis, Washington, where he is responsible for the overall operation of six Army and Air Force theatres.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Robert Earnest Bryant, 1984
LELIA BETH BRYANT (126.96.36.199.2) is the daughter of Myron B. Bryant and Mary Winnie (Jones) Bryant. Lelia Beth was born on May 10, 1931 in Kelsey, Texas. After graduation from Gilmer High School in May of 1948, Lelia Beth moved to Gilmer, Texas where she worked for Barnwell Drug Store for two years. Lelia Beth then moved to Longview, Texas and then was called on an eighteen month mission for the Latter Day Saints Church and served in Houston and Orange, Texas as well as Lake Charles and Nachitoches, Louisiana. Lelia Beth met Oscar Redding in Lake Charles and on August 4, 1954, Lelia Beth Bryant married Oscar Edward Redding in Longview, Texas. Oscar was born on July 29, 1933 in Merriville, Louisiana and is the son of Oscar Eugene Redding and Eloise (Perry) Redding. Oscar and Lelia Beth Redding are the parents of four children:
Walter Ethan Redding, b. October 8, 1958, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Laurel Elaine Redding, b. October 25, 1959, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Leslye Ellen Redding, b. December 30, 1961, Gilmer, Texas
Lynette Edwina Redding, b. July 30, 1965, Fort Worth, Texas
Oscar worked for an oil company, PGAC and Welex. They lived in Lake Charles, Louisiana as well as Houston, Alice and Dallas, Texas. In 1964, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas and lived there until 1980. Lelia Beth worked for fourteen years as a manager for the restaurant chain, Mr. Chuck Wagon. After this restaurant chain sold, Lelia Beth then went to work for Photo Mat. In June of 1980, Oscar and Lelia Beth Redding moved back to Kelsey, Texas. On August 15, 1980, Laurel Redding married Ricky Lane Lawson. Lynette Redding was stillborn.
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References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Lelia (Bryant) Redding, 1984
MYRON B. BRYANT, JR. (188.8.131.52.3) is the son of Myron B. Bryant and Mary Winnie (Jones) Bryant. Myron was born on November 25, 1932 in Kelsey, Texas. Myron graduated from Gilmer High School in 1949 at the age of sixteen and attended Kilgore Junior College for the fall semester of 1951. Myron joined the United States Air Force on February 21, 1952 and served until January 13, 1956, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. From April of 1952, to December of 1952, Myron received basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and radio maintenance courses at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He was stationed in Keesler, Mississippi for three months and was then assigned to Korea for one year. During his Korean service, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United States Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. After returning from Korea, he was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and the remainder of his military service at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. In the spring of 1956, Myron entered Kilgore College and in the fall of 1956, transferred to Texas A & M where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. On May 31, 1958, Myron Bryant, Jr. married Linda Carol Ballard in Gilmer, Texas. Linda was born on February 27, 1940 in Gilmer, Texas and is the daughter of James Marshall Ballard and Orene (Walters) Ballard. Myron and Linda Bryant are the parents of three children:
James Myron Bryant, b. July 4, 1959, Gilmer, Texas
Leah Dawn Bryant, b. August 31, 1960, Gilmer, Texas
Lisa Diane Bryant, b. December 20, 1965, Gilmer, Texas
Myron Bryant began his teaching career at Winona Public schools in 1959 and then Gilmer High School from 1960 to 1964. In 1965, Myron joined the Kilgore College faculty where he currently employed. After attending several summer sessions, Myron Bryant received a Masters degree in 1963 also from Texas A & M. He did additional graduate work at Stanford University in 1964, University of Oklahoma in 1965, Oklahoma State University in 1966, San Jose State University in 1968 and University of Montana in 1972 and 1973. James Myron Bryant was stillborn.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Myron B. Bryant, Jr., 1984
MAVIS SUE BRYANT (184.108.40.206.4) is the daughter of Myron B. Bryant and Mary Winnie (Jones) Bryant. Sue was born on October 7, 1934 in Kelsey, Texas. Sue graduated from Gilmer High School in 1953. After graduation, Sue moved to Dallas, Texas and worked for the U. S. O. for five years and then Henger Construction Company for five years and is now employed by the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 100 in Dallas. On August 25, 1956, Sue Bryant married Harold Eugene Baxter in Kelsey, Texas. Harold was born on April 6, 1931 in Oceola, Texas and is the son of Lewis Baxter and Ethel Mae (Cacy) Baxter. Harold and Sue Baxter are the parents of two children:
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Angela Gail Baxter, b. October 6, 1963, Dallas, Texas
Debra Kay Baxter, b. December 6, 1966, Dallas, Texas
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Mavis (Bryant) Baxter, 1984
BARBARA DIANNE BRYANT (220.127.116.11.5) is the daughter of Myron B. Bryant and Mary Winnie (Jones) Bryant. Barbara was born on June 25, 1940 in Gilmer, Texas. Barbara graduated from Gilmer High School in May of 1958. She then attended Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas and received an associate degree in 1960. Barbara then moved to Dallas, Texas where she was employed by the television station, KRLD-TV. In 1964, she moved to Provo, Utah where she attended Brigham Young University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. Following graduation, she moved back to Dallas where she worked for the McCann-Erickson Adverstising Agency. On May 25, 1967, Barbara Bryant married Royce Wendell Olsen in Logan, Utah. Royce was born on May 2, 1941 in Logan, Utah and is the son of Sylvan Erastus Olsen and Bertha Rosetta (Zollinger) Olsen. Royce and Barbara Olsen are the parents of three children:
Susanna Olsen, b. March 4, 1969, Dallas, Texas
Bryan Royce Olsen, b. June 28, 1971, Dallas, Texas
Eric Wendell Olsen, b. January 1, 1975, Dallas, Texas
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Barbara (Bryant) Olsen, 1984
ANNIS KAREN BRYANT (18.104.22.168.6) is the daughter of Myron B. Bryant and Mary Winnie (Jones) Bryant. Karen was born on November 16, 1945 in Gilmer, Texas. Karen graduated form Gilmer High School and then attended Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. In 1964, she moved to Dallas where she was employed by Mobil Oil Company. On June 5, 1965, Karen Bryant married Lynn Keith Morris in Gilmer, Texas. Keith was born on October 24, 1944 in Temple, Texas and is the son of Lynn Fowler Morris and Doris Jean (Baugh) Morris. Keith and Karen Morris are the parents of three children:
Kristen Lynn Morris, b. September 13, 1969, Dallas, Texas
Kevin Stuart Morris, b. April 14, 1972, Dallas, Texas
Kerry Elizabeth Morris, b. July 12, 1974, Dallas, Texas
After Keith and Karen were married, they lived in Denton, Texas where Keith attended North Texas State University. Following his graduation, they returned to Dallas where Karen worked for Taylor Publishing Company while Keith attended Southern Methodist University Law School. In 1975, Keith and Karen Morris moved to Tyler, Texas. Karen (Bryant) Morris died on November 21, 1975 in Tyler, Texas at the age of thirty years and was buried in Van, Texas. Keith Morris married a second time to Mollye Elizabeth Rowan.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Karen (Bryant) Morris, 1984
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LAURA PAULINE BRYANT (22.214.171.124) is the daughter of Robert Emmons Bryant and Margaret Nomie (Church) Bryant. Laura was born on October 4, 1911 in Kelsey, Texas. Laura graduated from Kelsey High School in April of 1929. In June of 1930, she moved to Independence, Missouri where she worked for President S. O. Bannion at the Latter Day Saints Mission home for five months. In January of 1931, Laura moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she began nurses training at the Latter Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City. On January 15, 1934, Laura graduated as a registered nurse and worked as a nurse for two years. On November 4, 1936, Laura Bryant married George Taylor Strasburg in Salt Lake City, Utah. George was born on March 9, 1909 in Lehi, Utah and is the son of George Strasburg and Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Strasburg. George and Laura Strasburg are the parents of two children:
George Bryant Strasburg (126.96.36.199.1), b. September 9, 1937, Lehi, Utah
Laura Pauline Strasburg, b. March 16, 1947, Lehi, Utah
George and Laura Strasburg lived in Lehi, Utah for the first year and then in 1937, they moved to Mercur, a small gold mining town southwest of Salt Lake City. In 1942, they moved back to Lehi where Laura worked as a nurse in the office of Dr. Elmo Eddington, a Lehi physician, and also worked for the Lehi Hospital. In 1947, she went to work as a nurse in the Dispensary at the United States Steels Geneva Works in Orem, Utah. Laura worked there for twenty-nine years, fifteen of which she was Head Nurse. Laura retired in February of 1975. In 1950, George Taylor Strasburg was president of the Lehi Lions Club and during that year, he and Laura attended a Lions Club Convention in Chicago. George Taylor Strasburg worked at the Blast Furnace at the Geneva Steel for twenty-six years until he had a stroke in January of 1969. In November of 1976, he had a second massive stroke which left him completely incapacitated. George Strasburg died at home on May 15, 1984. Laura Pauline Strasburg died only twelve hours after she was born.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Laura (Bryant) Strasburg, 1984
GEORGE BRYANT STRASBURG (188.8.131.52.1) is the son of George Taylor Strasburg and Laura Pauline (Bryant) Strasburg. Bryant was born on September 9, 1937 in Lehi, Utah. On June 19, 1970, Bryant Strasburg married Ardith Ileen Ferkovich in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ileen was born on April 7, 1944 in Lehi, Utah and is the daughter of Anthony Joseph Ferkovich and Ardith (Goates) Ferkovich. Bryant and Ileen Strasburg are the parents of four children:
Kimberly Strasburg, b. September 26, 1971, American Fork, Utah
Robert Bryant Strasburg, b. August 1, 1973, Provo, Utah
Rebecca Ann Strasburg, b. July 17, 1977, Provo, Utah
David Clark Strasburg, b. June 15, 1981, Provo, Utah
Bryant was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1953 and attended two national jamborees. Bryant was also a member of the Lehi Junior Chamber of Commerce for three years. Bryant Strasburg graduated from Lehi High School in May of 1955 and attended Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah. Bryant was called to serve a mission for the Latter Day Saints Church from October of 1957 to October of 1959, serving in the Northwestern region of United States. From 1955 to 1965, Bryant was a member of the Utah National Guard. He also had a real interest in auto racing and drag racing, so in 1962 he raced cars out on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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Majoring in Public Health Education, Bryant enrolled at Utah State University at Logan, Utah in September of 1967. In August of 1968, Bryant received a Bachelor of Science degree and went to work for the State of Utah Department of Agriculture as a Food and Drug Inspector. Bryant has worked for the Department of Agriculture for sixteen years and is currently a poultry and egg-grading supervisor, licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and travels throughout the state of Utah. In 1972, Bryant was made Bishop of the Lehi, Utah Second Ward of the Latter Day Saints Church and served for nearly five years. After this position, he was called to serve on the Stake High Council in the Lehi, Utah Stake and served eight years in that capacity. Byrants hobbies include: hunting, fishing, farming and playing the piano. He also has his pilots license and loves to fly.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of George Bryant Strasburg, 1984
AUDREY BRYANT (184.108.40.206) is the daughter of Robert Emmons Bryant and Margaret Nomie (Church) Bryant. Audrey was born on July 15, 1913 in Kelsey, Texas. From 1931 to 1933, Audrey worked in Independence, Missouri for the Latter Day Saints Church mission home for President Samuel O. Bennion and then returned to Kelsey, Texas. On September 15, 1934, Audrey Bryant married Leo Virgil Means in Kelsey, Texas. Virgil was born on September 8, 1908 in Byrdstown, Tennessee and is the son of Joseph Lafayette Means and Flora Mae Estella (Amonette) Means. Virgil and Audrey Means are the parents of two children:
Bonnie Donnetta Means (220.127.116.11.1), b. August 13, 1937, Gilmer, Texas
Naomi Jill Means, b. December 14, 1939, Salt Lake City, Utah
In September of 1937, Virgil and Audrey Means moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1940, they returned to Kelsey, Texas. Virgil and Audrey Means ran a dairy farm for several years. Audreys health began to fail in 1961 and in April of 1963, she was found to have Parkinsonss Disease. She spent eight years in a convalescent home before she died on May 10, 1972 at Gilmer, Texas. Audrey was buried in the Kelsey Cemetery. Jill Means graduated from Gilmer High School in 1958. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas State University in 1961 and received a Masters of Arts degree from there in 1969. From 1961 to 1963, Jill taught school in Farmersville, Texas and from 1963 to present, she has taught school in Dallas, Texas.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Audrey (Bryant) Means and Jill Means, 1984
BONNIE DONNETTA MEANS (18.104.22.168.1) is the daughter of Leo Virgil Means and Audrey (Bryant) Means. Bonnie was born on August 13, 1937 in Gilmer, Texas. On December 19, 1952, Bonnie Means married Walter Thomas Durning in Kelsey, Texas. Walter was born on October 6, 1934 in Gainsville, Texas and is the son of Thomas Calvin Durning and Carrie Elizabeth (Parish) Durning. Walter and Bonnie Durning are the parents of two children:
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Donna Anita Durning (22.214.171.124.1.1), b. August 27, 1955, Gilmer, Texas
Dixie Leanne Durning (126.96.36.199.1.2), b. August 20, 1959, Gilmer, Texas
While keeping house and raising a daughter, Bonnie attended Kilgore Junior College and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1958. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas State University in 1960 and a Masters of Arts degree from there in 1964. Bonnie taught at Union Hill High School for one year and then Gilmer Junior High School for four years. She then taught at Kilgore College for eighteen years and now teaches part-time.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Bonnie (Means) Durning, 1984
DONNA ANITA DURNING (188.8.131.52.1.1) is the daughter of Walter Thomas Durning and Bonnie Donnetta (Means) Durning. Donna was born on August 27, 1955 in Gilmer, Texas. Donna graduated from Kilgore High School. On July 21, 1972, Donna married Vernon Ray Autrey and they were the parents of one son:
Parish Ray Emanuel Autrey, b. November 3, 1973, Gilmer, Texas
Vernon and Donna were divorced in 1975. Donna married a second time to James Perry Connally. On August 19, 1976, Donna Durning married Gary Wayne Henson. Gary was born on November 29, 1946 in Pittsburg, Texas and is the son of Noble Jenkins Henson. Gary was previously married to Janis Green and then to Sharon Woods. Gary is the father of two children by his previous marriages: Paulette Henson (born January 16, 1965 in Pittsburg, Texas) and Melanie Henson (born May 22, 1966 in Longview, Texas). Gary and Donna Henson are the parents of four children:
Gary Wayne Henson, Jr., b. July 24, 1977, Gilmer, Texas
Colby Thomas Henson, b. February 15, 1979, Gilmer, Texas
Ana Lise Henson, b. December 23, 1981, Gilmer, Texas
Rachel Elisabeth Henson, b. September 19, 1986
Gary and Donna Henson live in Gilmer, Texas where Gary operates Gary Henson Auto Sales. Donna is also a licensed cosmetologist.
Reference: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984
DIXIE LEANNE DURNING (184.108.40.206.1.2) is the daughter of Walter Thomas Durning and Bonnie Donnetta (Means) Durning. Dixie was born on August 20, 1959 in Gilmer, Texas. Dixie graduated from Kilgore High School and attended Brigham Young University for one year. She then returned to Texas and attended nursing school and became a registered nurse. On May 16, 1980, Dixie Durning married David Lee Stevenson in Gilmer, Texas. David was born on March 18, 1956 in Gilmer, Texas and is the son of Billy Maurice Stevenson and Emma Loy (Dawson) Stevenson. David and Dixie Stevenson are the parents of two children:
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David Anthony Stevenson, b. April 22, 1982, Gilmer, Texas
Sarah Leanne Stevenson, b. October 30, 1985
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Dixie (Durning) Stevenson, 1984
EMMONS CHURCH BRYANT (220.127.116.11) is the son of Robert Emmons Bryant and Margaret Nomie (Church) Bryant. Emmons was born on February 2, 1916 in Gilmer, Texas. On October 18, 1937, Emmons Bryant married Oni Christine Chevalier in Kelsey, Texas. Oni was born on November 1, 1920 in Buckholts, Texas and is the daughter of William Chevalier and Sarah (Lindsey) Chevalier. Emmons and Oni Bryant are the parents of four children:
Phyllis Kay Bryant (18.104.22.168.1), b. September 14, 1939, Gilmer, Texas
Earley Juanita Bryant (22.214.171.124.2), b. August 31, 1942, Gilmer, Texas
Anthony Emmons Bryant (126.96.36.199.3), b. April 26, 1944, Gilmer, Texas
Linda Jean Bryant (188.8.131.52.4), b. August 23, 1946, Gilmer, Texas
Emmons Bryant graduated from the Kelsey school when he was seventeen and was called on a two year mission by the Latter Day Saints Church. He served eighteen months in Louisiana and then returned home because his father did not have enough money to support him in the mission field any longer. Emmons returned home and returned to dairy work where he grew up. Emmons Bryant remained in the dairy business all of his life. His son, Anthony Bryant, is now a full partner in that business.
At the age of twenty-three, he was called to serve as a counselor in the branch presidency of the Kelsey Latter Day Saints Church where he spent seven years. Emmons then served as the branch president for nine years. He was then called as the first bishop of the Kelsey Ward and after a little over a year was called to serve as a high counselor in the Dallas Stake which included all of East Texas east of Fort Worth and all of Louisiana north of Alexandria. When the Dallas Stake was divided, he was called as high counselor in the Shreveport, Louisiana Stake. Later, it was divided again and he served the Texas East Stake and was called for two years as Stake Mission President. Next he was called as first counselor in the Kelsey-Gilmer Ward Bishopric. After the Texas East Stake was divided, he was once again called as high counselor in the Gilmer, Texas Stake. Emmons is now serving as Patriarch of the Gilmer, Texas Stake in Gilmer, Texas.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Emmons Church Bryant, 1984
PHYLLIS KAY BRYANT (184.108.40.206.1) is the daughter of Emmons Church Bryant and Oni Christine (Chevalier) Bryant. Phyllis was born on September 14, 1939 in Gilmer, Texas. On June 6, 1958, Phyllis Bryant married Jerry Wayne Dixon. Jerry was born on January 3, 1937 in Kerns, Texas and is the son of Richard Joseph Dixon and Eleanor Georgie (Green) Dixon. Jerry and Phyllis Dixon are the parents of five children:
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Jerry Wayne Dixon, Jr., b. June 7, 1959, Longview, Texas
Tamra Kay Dixon, b. September 14, 1960, Longview, Texas
Darla Elaine Dixon, b. December 7, 1962, Longview, Texas
Richard Emmons Dixon, b. September 24, 1965, Longview, Texas
Sandra Lynette Dixon, b. September 5, 1971, Longview, Texas
On August 9, 1980, Tamra Dixon married Steven Michael Parsons in Gilmer, Texas. Steven was born on June 14, 1956 in Shirley, Massachusetts and is the son of Thomas Reed Parsons and Barbara Jo Babs (Jordan) Parsons. Steven and Tamra are the parents of one daughter: - Nikki Elaine Parsons, b. August 17, 1982, Gilmer, Texas. Steven Parsons died on February 14, 1985 at Temple, Texas and was buried in the Bryan Cemetery at Bryan (College Station), Texas. On April 6, 1985, Tamra married a second time to Kurt Cramer Hill in Gilmer, Texas. Kurt was born on July 23, 1960 at Mount Clemons, Michigan and is the son of Calvin Cramer Hill and Donna Marie Hazel (Lovelace) Hill. Nikki Parsons name was changed to Nikki Elaine Hill. Kurt and Tamra Hill are the parents of one son: - Curt Cramer Hill, b. June 4, 1986, Longview, Texas. On October 1, 1986, Darla Dixon married Timothy Allen Miller in Dallas, Texas. Timothy is the son of Lester A. Miller and Shirley Miller.
Reference: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984
EARLEY JUANITA BRYANT (220.127.116.11.2) is the daughter of Emmons Church Bryant and Oni Christine (Chevalier) Bryant. Earley was born on August 31, 1942 in Gilmer, Texas. On July 1, 1966, Earley Bryant married Paul Marvin Caldwell in Salt Lake City, Utah. Paul was born on October 9, 1936 in Roosevelt, Utah and is the son of Lorin Curtis Caldwell and Loreen (Foote) Caldwell. Paul and Earley Caldwell are the parents of six children:
Christine Caldwell, b. October 15, 1967, Murray, Utah
Loreen Caldwell, b. January 26, 1970, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Steven Bryant Caldwell, b. October 5, 1971, Elk Grove, Illinois
Julie Kay Caldwell, b. December 25, 1972, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Kenneth Paul Caldwell, b. May 22, 1975, Murray, Utah
David Matthew Caldwell, b. June 8, 1976, Salt Lake City, Utah
Earley Bryant graduated from Gilmer High School in 1960 and then attended Kilgore Junior College where she had a scholarship, graduating with honors in 1962. In 1964, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University with a major in English and minor in history. She taught at West Lake Junior High School in Granger, Utah for three years. After Earley and Paul were married, they lived in Idaho and Illinois before returning to Utah. Paul and Earley Caldwell live in Highland, Utah where Earley is actively involved in church work and volunteer work at school.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Earley (Bryant) Caldwell, 1984
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ANTHONY EMMONS BRYANT (18.104.22.168.3) is the son of Emmons Church Bryant and Oni Christine (Chevalier) Bryant. Anthony was born on April 26, 1944 in Gilmer, Texas. On March 31, 1969, Anthony Bryant married Genice Walters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Genice was born on February 22, 1944 in Gilmer, Texas and is the daughter of Bruce Edwin Walters and Emma Jeanette (Henderson) Walters. Genice was previously married in Gilmer, Texas to Tommy Harold Morris on December 9, 1961. Tommy and Genice were divorced in Gilmer on November 9, 1967. Anthony and Genice Bryant are the parents of five children:
Veronica Bryant, b. October 9, 1964, Gilmer, Texas
Vonda Bryant, b. March 14, 1970, Gladewater, Texas
Lucinda Bryant, b. May 4, 1972, Longview, Texas
Anthony Emmons Bryant, Jr., b. September 2, 1975, Longview, Texas
Larita Bryant, b. July 26, 1978, Longview, Texas
Anthony Bryant, Sr. played on championship football teams in junior high and high school. He played halfback, fullback and line-backer and was an all-district player his senior year. Anthony graduated from Gilmer High School in 1962 and earned an athletic scholarship to play football at Brigham Young University and played football for one semester. He then went to East Texas State University where he was the starting fullback his sophomore year. After his sophomore year, he left school for two years to become a missionary for the Latter Day Saints Church, serving the North Central states mission which included Minnesota, South Dakota and Winnepeg, Canada. After his mission, he returned to East Texas State University and played football. Anthony received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from East Texas State University in 1968. After graduation, he taught and coached at Chapel Hill High School near Tyler, Texas for one year. He then taught at Gladewater, Texas for four years and at Gilmer for the next four years. While teaching full-time, he went to school at night and received a Masters degree in physical education in 1974. After nine years of teaching, he went into the dairy business with his father in Kelsey, Texas. Anthony held several church positions in the Latter Day Saints Church including: full-time missionary, stake missionary, sunday school teacher, high counselor, first counselor in the bishopric, teachers quorum advisor and now is serving as the bishop of the Gilmer First Ward in Gilmer, Texas.
Veronica Bryants natural parents are Tommy Morris and Genice Morris. Veronica was adopted by Anthony Bryant and her name was changed to Bryant. On January 14, 1984, Veronica Bryant married David Kent Phillips in Salt Lake City, Utah. David was born on October 28, 1959 in Provo, Utah and is the son of Kent Gordon Phillips and Linda (Chase) Phillips. David and Veronica Phillips are the parents of one daughter: - Celia Phillips, b. July 15, 1986, American Fork, Utah. Vonda Bryant is the parent of one child: - Hailey Bryant, b. January 2, 1987, Tyler, Texas.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Anthony Emmons Bryant, 1984
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LINDA JEAN BRYANT (22.214.171.124.4) is the daughter of Emmons Church Bryant and Oni Christine (Chevalier) Bryant. Linda was born on August 23, 1946 in Gilmer, Texas. On December 23, 1967, Linda Bryant married James Jerome Sitton in Gilmer, Texas. Jim was born on October 21, 1944 in Olathe, Kansas and is the son of Jerry Waldo Sitton and Mary Dorcus (Green) Sitton. Jim and Linda Sitton are the parents of four children:
Michael Kent Sitton, b. May 27, 1969, Corpus Christi, Texas
Katherine Nicole Sitton, b. June 22, 1973, Weatherford, Texas
Sarah Jane Sitton, b. August 23, 1975, Weatherford, Texas
Melanie Lynn Sitton, b. April 3, 1978, Weatherford, Texas
Linda Bryant graduated from high school with an A average and attended Brigham Young University where she received an Associate of Science degree in Business Technology in 1966. Her first job was a secretary for the Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City. In 1967, she moved to Dallas, Texas and worked for Republic National Bank where she met her husband. Linda received her first church calling, a Primary teacher, when she was twelve years old. She has also taught Sunday School, Relief Society and MIA. She has been secretary of Primary, Junior Sunday School Coordinator, MIA president, Relief Society president, Primary counselor and Primary president. Jim has been Young Mens president, Scoutmaster, Bishops counselor, teacher and a branch president. Because of Jims duty in the United States Navy and his occupation as a pilot, Jim and Linda have moved many times. They lived in Maryland, Virginia, Florida and several towns in Texas. Since January of 1984, they have been living in Longview, Texas. Sarah Sitton was stillborn.
References: 1) Family Group Sheets by Bryant Strasburg, 1984; 2) Biography of Linda (Bryant) Sitton, 1984
IDA LOU BRYAN (3.6.6) is the daughter of William DeMoss Bryan and Ellen (Dowaine) Bryan. Ida Lou was born on December 23, 1877 in Maury County, Tennessee. Ida Lou Bryan married John H. Smith (born April 26, 1870 in Tennessee). John and Ida Smith were the parents of three children:
Mary Louise Smith, b. and d. January 16, 1916, Tennessee
James Bryan Smith, b. February 2, 1918, Tennessee
William David Smith (126.96.36.199), b. February 10, 1921, Hickman County, Tennessee
In 1920, John and Ida Smith were living in Hickman County, Tennessee. Ida Lou and John H. Smith lived in Hickman County and Maury County, Tennessee where John was a farmer. John H. Smith died in 1936 and Ida Lou (Bryan) Smith died on August 21, 1959. James Bryan Smith died as an infant in August of 1918.
References: 1) 1920 Census, Hickman County, Tennessee; 2) Letter, Charlotte Porter to Bernice Casey, May 7, 1986
WILLIAM DAVID SMITH (188.8.131.52) is the son of John H. Smith and Ida Lou (Bryan) Smith. William was born on February 10, 1921 in Hickman County, Tennessee. William lived all of his life in Maury County, Tennessee. William was in the United States Navy for three years and worked for the National Carbide Company. William was a member of the Church of Christ. On January 12, 1943, William David Smith married Mary Tom Anderson in Davidson County, Tennessee. Mary Tom was born October 12, 1921 in Hickman County, Tennessee. William and Mary Smith were the parents of two children:
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Barbara Ann Smith, b. May 15, 1946
William DeWayne Smith, b. January 20, 1948
William David Smith died December 25, 1966 of lung cancer at Polk Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Tennessee. On May 16, 1970 Barbara Ann Smith married Joe Wade. On January 22, 1974, William DeWayne Smith married Virginia Satterfield and they are the parents of one daughter: - Robin Denine Smith, b. November 9, 1974.
Reference: 1) Letter, Charlotte (Dodson) Porter to Bernice Casey, May 7, 1986