Cecil Paul Bryant, Sr.
Cecil Paul Bryant, Sr. was born on Feb. 13, 1921 to William F. Bryant, Sr. and Lelia (Self) Bryant, of Hicks, La. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be the Rev. Keith Royal of Winfree Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Tuesday at the funeral home.
Cecil is preceded in death by his parents and by brothers, Lester Bryant, of Hicks, La., Willie Bryant, of New Llano, La., Jehu Bryant, of Los Alamos, NM, Millard Bryant, of New Jersey and Casey Bryant, of Bridge City; sisters, Beulah Bryant Johnson, of DeRidder, La., Audrey Bryant James, of Slagle, La., Johnnie Mae Bryant Holliman, of Nederland, Katheen Bryant French, of Nederland, Charlene Bryant Cotton, of Winnfield, La. and Olene Bryant Sigler, of New Llano, La. Also, a grand-daughter, Melissa Ann Mesch of Bridge City.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the Air Force in India, Burma and China. Cecil drove a big army truck on the Burma Road. Later he was a member of a crew that flew a Cargo Plane and helped to kick out supplies to the American soldiers behind enemy lines. He ended his four year and eight month WWII tour as a cook and mess Sgt. He continued to serve his country by staying in the National Guard and Army Reserve for 20 years.
Cecil graduated from Slagle, La. High school. He began his college education at Lamar College and completed his college education with a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Houston. His teaching specialties included math and history as well as coaching girls’ basketball. He taught and coached at schools in the area and retired from Port Arthur I.S.D. in 1986. Besides teaching Cecil bought real estate and built many rent houses in Bridge City.
Cecil loved his two children and adored his grandchildren. He was known as “Pops”, and played a major role in raising them and he was very generous. He enjoyed playing Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys music. His favorite song was San Antonio Rose.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Ann Louise (Kitchen) Bryant; son, Cecil Paul Bryant, Jr. and wife, Van (Trahan) Bryant; and his daughter, Lisa Ann Bryant Mesch, all of Bridge City.
He is also survived by grandsons, Raun Paul Bryant and wife, Kristal (Soileau) Bryant of Bridge City, Josh Paul Landry and wife, Richelle (Myers) Landry of Bridge City, and Marc Russell Mesch and wife, Laynie (Jackson) Mesch of San Angelo; great grandsons, Aden Paul Bryant, Mason Paul Bryant and great grand-daughter, Libby Lou Bryant of Bridge City; brother, Allen H Bryant and wife, Agnes of Nederland; a sister, Ruth (Bryant) Cotton of Lufkin; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated care givers, Angelia Eia, Mildred Sheffield, Cindy Dotson, Dr. Michael G. Keller, and Raun Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Raun Bryant, Josh Landry, Billy Bryant, Kim Bryant, Matt Bryant and Marc Mesch. Honorary Pallbearers are Aden Paul Bryant, Mason Paul Bryant, Andrew Mambretti, George Eia, and Dylan Kitchen Nikolotopoulos.