David Lee Bryant, age 70, of Allardt, TN passed away at his home on Friday, October 30, 2020.
David was born May 6, 1950 in Springfield, IL to Palmer and Flossie Luttrell Bryant.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife Donna Bryant and his fur babies, Carly and Widget; sister, Freda Poe and her husband Ralph Poe.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Brothers, Lloyd and Ronald Bryant. Sisters, Shirley Buraski, Donna Lane, Wanda Lagasca and Brenda Vendas.
David married Donna Max Bryant in July 1969 in East Lansing, Michigan.
He retired from Southern Region FAA Federal Aviation Administration in College Park, Georgia in 2004 as a Technical Support Team Leader. He traveled constantly to all FAA regions, most often Washington D.C. for projects but his heart was at home.
David graduated from Tri-City High School in Buffalo, IL in 1968. He ran cross country and held several records.
He earned a Bachelors Degree from Lincoln Land Community College and graduated with a Masters Degree from University of Illinois at Springfield, IL in 1983.
After college he went to work for FAA in Des Plaines, IL, promotions moved him to College Park, GA where he lived in Tyrone, GA for 24 years.
David always had a plan. Growing up in Buffalo, IL a small town where he played with friends, caught crawdads in nearby creeks and rode a bicycle everywhere. His home was next to the high school. School yard kids were always eager to play.
He loved discussing any subject even changing sides if no one had an opposing view. History and politics were favorites. Research on a computer was his way of having fun. Woodworking, building bird houses, bat houses, book shelves to benches was something he enjoyed.
David was an accomplished photographer so trips to Russell Springs, KY, Casey County and Antioch Cemetery researching family history, taking thousands of tombstone slides was his relaxation. He loved telling family stories to nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed quiet secluded areas like backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains, camping in California, Oregon and Washington state and canoeing in Boundary Waters canoe area in Minnesota crossing into Quetico Park, Canada watching the northern lights after rolling out pie dough on the bottom of the canoe. Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains up Ramsey Cascades to driving on the Going To The Sun Road in Colorado at dawn. He loved the scenery and wildlife.
David had sense of humor and good singing voice. He played the guitar and his mothers banjo. He loved to garden and take walks in the woods, identifying trees and flowers along the way. Watching Fox News on History Channel snuggled up with his puppies in front of the fireplace made his day.
He will be missed by his nieces and nephews scattered across the United States.
I lost the love of my life and my best friend today. Rest in peace. I love you. Donna, Carly and Widget.
P.S. you still need to prune your bonsai tree.
The family has chosen cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of arrangements.
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