Dr. F.S. (Smitty) Bryant, Jr., 88, of High Point, NC, went home to be with Jesus on May 31, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Pleasant Church, 6516 Old Greensboro Road, Thomasville, NC on Monday, June 3rd at 3:00pm. A reception for family and friends will be held at the church immediately following the service. Born July 11, 1930 in Nichols, SC, father of two daughters and husband to his beloved wife for nearly 58 years, he loved his Clemson Tigers and Citadel Bulldogs and his two cats; Tommie and Tiger. Smitty was very involved in church activities throughout his life; ordained as a Deacon, Superintendent of Sunday School for several churches, Finance Committee member and loved attending the Wednesday Morning Bible Study with John Willett in High Point. He was so happy to be a member of Mt. Pleasant during his last 7 years. He loved his garden, bagpipe music, Clemson Football and any activity his family was involved in. He was a man of great character, moral values and high expectations. Smitty was born in Nichols and played in the Lumber River as a child. He graduated from the Citadel, where participated as a wrestler, and was a member of The Citadel’s Summerall Guards Silent Drill Team. He left the Citadel as a Commissioned Officer and continued on in the Army, where he was an Ordinance Specialist in the Korean Conflict. By the end of his military service, at rank of Captain, he was honorably discharged as a Nuclear Physicist. He went on to get his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Clemson University, and then he received his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Physics at the University of Florida at Gainesville. He met the love of his life while he was a cadet at the Citadel, but did not marry until after his military service. They were married on September 9, 1956. They moved to Jamestown, NC in 1971, and then moved to live closer to their children in North Davidson County in 2006. Smitty was preceded in death by his parents; Furnie Smith Bryant, Sr. and Leola Ward Bryant; his brother, Lt Col Woodrow Wilson Bryant; sisters Jane Bryant Elvington, Lucille Bryant Branford, Lena Mae “Lenay” Bryant Hanna, and Rosalie Bryant. He is survived by daughters, Karol Murks and her husband James, and Suzann Hedgecock and her husband Lee. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Benjamin Mitchell, Melissa Mitchell, Kaci Hedgecock and Kevan Hedgecock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Mt. Pleasant UMC Family Life Center Fund. In the words of Smitty…Go Tigers!
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