Tifton Gazette


September 8, 2012

Marlen Johnson Bryan

CHULA — Marlen Johnson Bryan, 76, of the Waterloo Community in Irwin County passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Tift Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Waterloo Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Pangle officiating and a special remembrance given by his hunting friend, Mike Parker. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The Bryan family will receive friends from 6 to 9 tonight at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.

Pallbearers will be Danny Phelps, Ronnie McCurdy, Lee Bryan, Andrew Bryan, Josh Irvin and Kyle Phelps. Honorary pallbearers will include members of the Long County Hunting Club, Waterloo Baptist Church Deacons and present and past staff of Bryan Farms.

Born on Sept. 14, 1935 in Irwin County to Sallie Carr Bryan and Arzie Johnson Bryan, both of whom preceded him in death, Mr. Bryan was known for his kind, generous and humble mannerisms and was self-employed as the owner of Bryan Farms. As he farmed alongside his two sons, he loved the farm life and the hard work that went with the calling of being a farmer. He believed in working six days a week then resting and worshipping his Lord and Savior on Sundays. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Milton Connell Bryan, who died in August 1986.

Mr. Bryan had the honor of serving Waterloo Baptist Church in many capacities including, being a deacon for 47 years, a youth Sunday school teacher, the church treasurer and the cemetery chairman. In 2011, he was honored with the J.E. Leger Agribusiness award, then the Lifetime Achievement Award by South Central Georgia Gin in 2012. He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a long-time member of Long County Hunting Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Carol Phelps Bryan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Barbara Bryan and Rob and Angie Bryan, all of Waterloo; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jim Albritton of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Lee and Shena Bryan of Sycamore, Anna Bryan of New York, N.Y., Dawn B. and Josh Irvin of Sycamore, Andrew and Jessie Bryan, Madeline Albritton and Millicent Albritton, all of Waterloo; a great-grandson, Rylan Bryan of Waterloo; a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and JoAnn Bryan of Chula; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to the Waterloo Baptist Church, 124 Waterloo Church Lane, Chula, Ga. 31733 or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2053, Tifton, Ga. 31793.

You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors, his son-in-law and daughter’s funeral home, is in charge of arrangements.


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