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Charlie Bryant

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Sept. 26, 1939 — Oct. 5, 2019

LUCAMA — Lelon Walter “Charlie” Bryant, 80, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Palm Gardens of Sun City Center, Florida.

Charlie was born in Wilson County on Sept. 26, 1939, to the late Herman and Void Bryant. For many years, Charlie worked as an electrician in Wilson County with Allied Maintenance Co. at Firestone-Bridgestone in Wilson before opening up his own electrical/satellite installation business.

Charlie was a gracious, kind and generous man who cared about the souls of everyone. He also had a rich love for the Lord. Charlie started a prison ministry and served for many years in a rest home ministry. He ministered at Oak Grove Church as well as many other churches in Wilson County. His relationship with the Lord was genuine and vibrant. Charlie and Betty Jo loved and cherished their time together after moving to Florida to be near family.

The family received friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Kenly Funeral Service with a service to celebrate Charlie’s ministry held at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment followed at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wilson.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jo Crocker Bryant; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky Lelon Bryant and Shari Baurle Buckley Bryant; twin brother, Leon Bryant; grandchildren, Derek Buckley, Brandon Buckley, Michael Bryant, Kevin Turnage, Billy Turnage and Ashley Turnage Parker; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Bryant Turnage; and brothers, Herman Bryant Jr. and Harold Bryant.

Condolences may be sent to the family via Betty Jo Bryant, 948 Symphony Isles Blvd., Apollo Beach FL 33572. Online condolences may be sent to the family at