William Tamer Bryant, 78, passed away Nov. 14 at his home in Columbia after a long battle with emphysema. He was born in Baxter, Tennessee, on Jan. 9, 1942, to James (Houston) and Opal Bryant. William married Patricia Ray on March 15, 1963.

He was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a chief master sergeant specializing in electronics. After retirement, he managed five cable systems in Washington state for three years and spent several years farming and working for H&R Block as an enrolled agent. He also worked for the state of Missouri as an accountant, retiring for the second time in 2004.

William was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert Bryant and Joseph Bryant, sister Doris Bryant Wesser, and brother-in-law Saul Rendon. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia Ray Bryant; daughter Deanna Bryant Mroziewicz and her spouse, Ryan, of Johnson City, Tennessee; son, William Jr. and wife, Melinda Maddox Bryant, of St. Augustine, Florida; daughter Leslie Bryant Durham and spouse, Terry Durham, of St. Robert; and grandsons, James Bryant of Columbia and Nicholas Durham and Benjamin Durham of St. Robert. He is also survived by sisters Jimmie (Bryant) Rosati, Marie (Bryant) Agee and spouse, Carl Agee, Betty (Bryant) Rendon and spouse, Ed Berry, and half-sister Jamie (Bryant) Bowman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

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