- Last Updated on 04:53 PM 10/03/13
Clayton Campbell Bryant Sr., 87, of Oakville Road, Appomattox, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2013, at his residence. He was the husband of Virginia Lee Woody Bryant for 64 years.
Clayton was born in Buckingham County on May 28, 1926, a son of the late Howard Elliott Bryant and Maude Ellis Bryant.
His beginning in life was a humble one. He began his journey in Wingina nestled within the mountains and near the James River amongst nine siblings. His family’s foundation was built on love, strength and kindness instilled in him by his hard-working, honest, and God-loving parents, Howard and Maude.
In 1944, at the age of 18, Clayton proudly served his country as a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946 and returned to Wingina where he began his logging career.
Before entering the Army, Clayton had spotted the girl of his dream, carrying a bucket of water from a little bubbling spring. Little Miss Virginia Woody stole his heart all at once. He told her assuredly with a question in his heart, “I’m coming back for you when I get out of the Army. Will you wait for me?” She said she would, and she did. He kept his promise, came home and made beautiful Virginia Woody his wife in January of 1949.
With Clayton’s logging business prospering, he decided to take his earnings and purchase a tract of land. He would own the timber and the ground. Shortly thereafter, Clayton realized what his calling was. With his determination, hard work, and most of all the Lord’s blessings, Clayton became one of the most successful land developers and pioneers in the real estate industry throughout the state of Virginia.
With all this being said, perhaps Clayton’s most prized accomplishment was his beautiful family, who he cared for, loved and set the utmost extraordinary example for even until his last breath was taken here on earth.
Clayton Bryant is well known all over the country, not for his earthly possessions, but for his generous heart, loving and caring way, his upstanding conduct and being a man of his word. He has made friends all over the world throughout his travels. Through his love and dedication to his favorite hobby, barrel racing, Clayton and his family were honored this year by being awarded with the Clayton Bryant Family Man of the Year Award in the United States National Barrel Horse Association.
Clayton can now go rest high on that mountain because his work here is done. He has left his family and friends with a heroic legacy and firm foundation that they will all hold near and dear to their hearts.
He was a devoted husband to his wife, Virginia, as he so graciously cared for her throughout her 15-year Alzheimer battle. Clayton was granted much here on earth and touched by God, because he so freely gave unto others. He showed mercy and grace, and that is what our Lord and Saviour bestowed unto him in his final days. Clayton was surrounded by his family, friends and loved ones, and although the world will never be the same with him gone, he is now walking streets of gold and rejoicing with our Lord Jesus Christ, and “It is all going to be alright.”
In addition to his wife, Virginia, he is survived by three children, Clayton C. Bryant Jr. “C.B.” and his wife, Jennifer, Ronnie Daniel Bryant Sr. and his wife, Vickie, and Sharon Kay Bryant, all of Appomattox; nine grandchildren, Shauna Dalton and her husband, Mike, Jennifer McCormick and her husband, Frankie, Stephanie Gilliam and her husband, Duane, Kaytin Bryant, Clayton C. Bryant III, Rhonda Armbrust and her husband, Shawn, Ronnie D. Bryant Jr. and his wife, Taylor, Thomas L. Bryant, Kay Kay Roper and her husband, Adam; 12 great-grandchildren, Kayla Sams, Hannah Dalton, Jessica McCormick, Josie McCormick, Tyler Gilliam, Seth Gilliam, Tenley Gilliam, Aidan Armbrust, Pierce Bryant, Trace Bryant, Clayton “Clay” Mann, and Raylee Roper; three sisters, Rebecca B. Ragland of Wingina, Beatrice (Tie) B. Jamerson and her husband, Cliff, of Wingina, and Elsie B. Mann and her husband, Harry, of Spout Spring; numerous nieces and nephews; a loyal and loving cousin, Jean B. McCormick, and his devoted secretary of 34 years, Jacquetta Guill Mayberry.
He was preceded in death by twin granddaughters, Jenny Lee Wright and Sarah Elizabeth Wright; four brothers, Cullen, Franklin, Curtis and Joseph Bryant; and two sisters, Frances Kelley and Isabelle Bryant.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Robinson Funeral Home officiated by the Revs. Jerry Childress, Jeff Worley and Earnie Lucas.
Burial will follow in the Clayton C. Bryant Family Cemetery with military rites accorded by American Legion Post #104 and V.F.W. #9855 combined honor guard.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the residence.
Those wishing to make memorials are asked to consider New Beginnings Ministry, 382 Little Bear Lane, Appomattox, VA 24522.
Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family, and an online condolence may be sent by visiting www.robinsonfuneral.com