Talmage Bryant -

Talmage Bryant, age 87, 865 Mayberry Road, Jonesborough, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the Four Oaks Health Care Center.

He was a native of Yancey County, N.C., and had lived in Jonesborough for the past 58 years. Mr. Bryant was a son of the late Marcus Avery Cornelius Bryant and Cora Belle Taylor Bryant.

He was a self-employed carpenter and plumber and had been a part-time employee of the Veterans Administration, Mountain Home, for eight years. Mr. Bryant was a member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Jessie K. Bryant, in October 2009; a brother, Roy Bryant, and one sister, Connie Hensley.

Mr. Bryant is survived by a son, Glen Bryant and his wife, Brenda, and a daughter, Linda Raines, all of Jonesborough; two sisters: Dollie Adkins of Mitchell County, N.C., and Mae Randolph of South Carolina; five grandchildren: April Dawne Nicholson Bowlin and her husband, Edgar, of Kingsport; Christopher “Nick” Nicholson and his wife, Lisa, of Greenville, S.C.; Charles Paul Talmage Hundley and his wife, Twilla, of Jonesborough; and Ricky Cox and Chris Gage, both of Jonesborough; eight great-grandchildren: Christopher K. Nicholson of Hawaii, Brooke Little of Scottsdale, Ariz., Edgar Wallace Bowlin III of Kingsport, Luke McKinzie Bowlin of Kingsport, Nikki Wishon of Elizabethton, Jessie Faye Kathleen Hundley of Jonesborough and Corey and Jessica of Jonesborough; one great-great grandchild, Aiden. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service for Mr. Bryant was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Jimmie Rodgers officiated. Special music was provided by grandchildren, Nick Nicholson and April Bowlin. Pallbearers were the son, grandsons, great-grandsons and a special friend, Jim Grindstaff.

The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at the home of the son, Glen Bryant, 867 Mayberry Road, Jonesborough. Committal service were held in the Mayberry Community Church Cemetery, Jonesborough.

The Bryant family would like to thank the staff of Four Oaks Health Care Center for the excellent care they provided.

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Bryant family. (423) 743-1380.