James Bryant, age 74, of Waynesville, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 22, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Teresa Ward Bryant and the son of the late George and Lelloween Bryant.

James loved to hunt and fish, and he dearly loved his family. He was a retired welder and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James Earl “Jimbo” Bryant; and one brother, Roy Bryant.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Teresa Bryan;, his three children, Teresa Sills, Tracy Bryant and Jeremy Clinton Bryant; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Jean (Leland) Plank; one brother, Rev. George (Brenda) Bryant; along with several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was  held on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Franklin Cemetery in Sylva, N.C., with Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.

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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C. served the family.