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Carl Bryant

June 27, 1942 — May 23, 2024

Prosperity

Carl Bryant

Carl Bryant, age 81 of Prosperity, South Carolina, formerly of Fairborn, OH passed away May 23, 2024.  He was born June 27, 1942 in Richmond, Indiana, the son of the late Willie and Elizabeth (Griffin) Bryant.

Carl was a builder and master craftsman, building numerous beautiful homes, barns, garages, playhouses and many other structures.  He enjoyed sharing his time and building skills with his friends on many of their projects.

If it was outdoors, Carl loved it.  He was an avid hunter.  Carl made the Ohio Big Buck Club and loved hunting birds behind his first dog Mandy.  He spent many hours every spring hunting morel mushrooms.  Carl’s favorite outdoor activity was fishing.  He was an excellent fisherman.  He probably got as much joy out of taking a friend or child fishing and seeing them catch one as he did catching fish himself.

Carl loved sports of all kinds.  His favorites were March Madness and Hoosier basketball. He was also a Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.  He coached several baseball teams from Little League through Babe Ruth as well as numerous years of softball.

Carl’s eyes would shine whenever children were around.  He always loved giving them his attention and making kids smile.  He didn’t have to know them, if a child was around Carl would be trying to entertain them.  Carl was a seasoned prankster.  He always loved a good joke and loved to make people laugh.

Carl trained two incredible dogs, Mandy and Molly, that loved him as much as he loved them.  After their passing he continued his love of dog training by providing treats for every dog in the neighborhood on his walks. No one got a treat until they sat for him.

The most important things in Carl’s life were his family and friends.  He was married to his high school sweetheart for 63 years. Carl and Anita had a wonderful core group of friends that loved to get together for some great parties including New Year’s Eve at the Bryant’s.  They also traveled with their friends and enjoyed spending long weekends together at Watts Bar Lake.  Poppa Carl was a doting grandfather always spending whatever time he could with his grandchildren.  He loved them dearly.  Carl was a loving and supportive father-in-law and an incredible father.  From an early age he took his son everywhere he went, even some places that Anita may not have approved.  They were inseparable until the end.  Carl pretty much touched everyone he met in a good way and was loved by so many.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty S. Bryant.  Carl is survived by his loving wife, Anita; son, Ronald (Donna) Bryant; daughter, Pamela (Jason) Meeks; three grandchildren, Madison (Tyler) Hall, Shelby (Alex) Arellano, Griffin (Madison) Bryant; very special friends, Gary and Louise Walton; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.

A visitation will be held on Thursday May 30, 2024 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn, where a funeral will be held on Friday May 31, 2024 at 11:00 A.M., Pastor H. Wesley Barnhill officiating.  Carl will be laid to rest at Byron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Carl.

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Visitation

Thursday, May 30, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, May 31, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Burial

Friday, May 31, 2024

Byron Cemetery & Mausoleum

3256 Trebein Rd, Fairborn, OH 45324

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