Kenneth Reid Bryant

November 6, 2010


Kenneth Reid Bryant age 84 of Colerain a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and brother passed away peacefully Saturday, November 6, 2010 surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Bryant was born November 18, 1925 in Bertie County to the late Arthur Bryant and Opie Mitchell Bryant.

Mr. Bryant was a veteran of the US Army serving in WWII serving with the 301 Special Service Company in the Pacific Theater and served in Korea with the 592nd Amphibian Group. He served in the US Army National Guard for 30 years, was owner operator of Kenny‚??s Clover Farm in Colerain for 15 years, retired from the Roanoke Chowan Community College after 20 years as Continuing Education Coordinator.

Throughout his life he was an active member of Colerain Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a retired member of the Colerain Rescue Squad which he founded in 1960, was a Past member of the Lions Club and past Commander of American Legion Post 388 in Colerain and was a volunteer with the March of Dimes.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Colerain Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Rev Don Roberts and Rev. Shelby Stephens will officiate.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 61 years Ruby Miller Bryant of the home, sons Kenneth Reid Bryant Jr and his wife Terry Bryant of Greenville and Michael Wayne Bryant and his wife Beth Bryant of Ahoskie and a daughter Amy Bryant Bracy and her husband Darrell T. Bracy of Winton, a sister Finette Bryant Matthews and a brother Bill Bryant, grandchildren; Kenneth R. Bryant III, Laura Bryant, Hayes Bryant, Miller Bryant, Emily Bracy and Hunter Bracy and his dog Tippy.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Deborah Ann Bryant and a brother A.D. Bryant.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Colerain Baptist Church, 202 N. Main St., Colerain, NC 27924 or Colerain Rescue Squad.

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Jennie Lee Davis
13 years ago

Hi to Ruby, Mike, Kenny Reid, and Amy,and families..

I heard about Kenneth last week and was so sad to hear it. I know it is a big loss for everyone. You know I loved him like a father and have such great memories of him growing up. He was the best ever for sure. No one was like him.

Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I do think of you.

I’m living in Colorado now. Still doing hospice work. Visit the Outer Banks to see Javan and Milton when I come back east.

Again, I’m thinking of you and love you all. Jennie Lee

David & Lily Dwyer
13 years ago

I cherished the Santa Claus you gave me when I was five years old…such a wonderful and God-loving gentle man. So glad we reconnected after so many years. You and Papa Johnny are together now, along with other loved ones. I’ve always loved you,and you will always remain in my heart. “Little Lily”

Linda & Fred Mackta
13 years ago

Please accept our sincere condolences and know you are in our thoughts at this time.

Mia Hedspeth
13 years ago

We were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Bryant’s passing. He was quite the character and I so enjoyed talking with him. He had a special way of making you feel like you had known him forever. You would look at him and just know he was the perfect Dad and Grandfather. I feel very lucky to have known him. Please know we are praying for your entire family.

Debbie Joyner
13 years ago

Mr. Kenny served in the National Guard with my daddy, Eddie Newsome for many years.

Every time I saw him, it was a treat. He would make me laugh,(to the point of tears sometime) but always gave me a positive word. You could not be down or sad around Mr. Kenny. He wouldn’t allow it. He is one who made a real mark on this world and those around him. God Bless Kenny Bryant.

Ida Brinkley Blumberg
13 years ago

Am so sorry for your loss. I have many fun memories from high school days that included Kenneth. He was in my memory always a jovial and fun loving fellow. I hope you can focus on your good memories in these coming days.

I hope that Finnette will remember me.

Judith Miller
13 years ago

Mike, Beth and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. Just reading the obituary, you can tell your father was a wonderful man.

13 years ago


Bill, Elizabeth and Billy Harrell
13 years ago

We were saddened to hear of Mr. Kenneth’s passing but know he is with his Maker and not sufffering any longer. Our thoughts and prayers continue with his family.

laney spruill layton
13 years ago

so sorry kenny to hear of your loss. my mom is still with me but has dementia and is 83. we are/were blessed to have them this long. hope you are well.. would love to have a contained reunion from the “old bertie days”. again, our prayers are with you and your family.