Byron Neil Bryant

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“Will truly be missed...with deepest sympathy ”
1 of 61 | Posted by: Peggy Scroggins - Fouke, AR

“So sorry for your loss. Coach Bryant was a wonderful coach & teacher to my children & many many others. He had a heart for his community & was a...Read More »
2 of 61 | Posted by: Dale Anne Johnson - Fouke (Genoa), AR

“Coach Bryant was a positive influence on many lives, especially mine. Coach Bryant allowed me to haul hay during the summer to earn money for my...Read More »
3 of 61 | Posted by: Nathan "Bubba" Heimeyer - Houston, TX

“He will truly be missed. ”
4 of 61 | Posted by: JOCKO MAY - Texarkana, AR

“I am sorry for your loss. Byron was my friend and he was a true competitor when I was coaching at Arkansas High. He was a true gentleman. I will...Read More »
5 of 61 | Posted by: O L Pearson - Homer, LA

“What a wonderful man Coach was. The memories of drivers ed will never be forgotten. I still to this day hear his voice telling me "folks don't drive...Read More »
6 of 61 | Posted by: Tamara Page-Surratt - Queen City, TX

“Sympathy to all the family. He was greatly loved & will be missed. God give the family peace & comfort. ”
7 of 61 | Posted by: Billy & Doris Moon - Texarkana, AR

“Our sincere sympathy to the family! He will be missed.. May God comfort you now & in days to come. ”
8 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“We are sorry for the loss of mr Bryant for many years we have none mr Bryant he was good man and we will keep the family in our prayers. Joe &...Read More »
9 of 61 | Posted by: Joe Young - Texarkana, AR

“Don't know how I would have made it thru high school with out coach, so many good memories of him.I sure don't miss running those bleachers though...Read More »
10 of 61 | Posted by: Deborah Owens - Charleston, SC


11 of 61 | Posted by: Ryan and Shannon Puckett - Fouke, AR

“You will be greatly missed by so many people in this community. May the God of heaven wrap his loving arms around the family in this time of grief!...Read More »
12 of 61 | Posted by: Earl Stout - Genoa, AR

“Judy & family you are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts at this most difficult time,may God give you strength, peace and comfort. Coach will be...Read More »
13 of 61 | Posted by: Robert Purifoy - Genoa, AR

“I was sorry to hear of Coach Bryant's passing. He was a wonderful man with a sense of humor that couldn't be matched. I have nothing but fond...Read More »
14 of 61 | Posted by: Darlene McAdams-Nix - TX

“My first teaching job was at Genoa CentralHigh School during the 1981-82 school year. I will never forget his encouragement & the special humor that...Read More »
15 of 61 | Posted by: Lisa Wolfe Goodwin - AR

“Prayers to Mrs. Judy and the entire Bryant Family, so very sorry for your loss. Coach was such a sweet, gentle, caring and loving man who inspired so...Read More »
16 of 61 | Posted by: Amanda Reed - Genoa, AR

“Our deepest sympathy to all the Bryant family. Coach Bryant was always kind an caring to our Sons and everyone he taught and coached. Our prayers are...Read More »
17 of 61 | Posted by: Jeanie Brent - Fouke, AR

“They don't come any better then Coach Bryant. He will be missed by me and my family. Judy, youre a wonderful woman and I love you. ”
18 of 61 | Posted by: Jeannie Cutshall

“Judy and Bryant family, I am sorry for your loss. Coach was a great man and an icon in Genoa. His absence will be felt by many..My Deepest Sympathy, ”
19 of 61 | Posted by: Doris Carter - Texarkana, TX

“Good memories stopping in to see my cousin Bryon Neil with my father Baxton Bryant. They could really get into some conversations about coaching and...Read More »
20 of 61 | Posted by: Mylinda Zoe Bryant - Nebo, NC

“So sorry for your loss. ”
21 of 61 | Posted by: Janis May - Texarkana, AR

“Coach "Bear" Bryant will missed by everyone he touched. To say he was a good coach, teacher, mentor is a gross understatement. He made such an impact...Read More »
22 of 61 | Posted by: Michelle (Stout) McClain

“Sending condolences to Judy and the Bryant family. Coach and Judy have meant much to the Genoa Central school and community as well as students'...Read More »
23 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry to hear of your family's loss, praying for comfort at this difficult time for your family. ”
24 of 61 | Posted by: Winford & Annette Dunn - TX

“Barry&Mary, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Coach Bryant. Although I am not from the Genoa area,his reputation made him a legend in the field...Read More »
25 of 61 | Posted by: Glen Holly - Magnolia, AR

“May God's peace and comfort surround your family during the days and weeks ahead. Coach was always a gentle and fair person.Our condolences. James...Read More »
26 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“Our prayers for all of the Bryant and Purifoy family during this great loss. Coach leaves a lasting legacy to the Genoa community. Thousands of...Read More »
27 of 61 | Posted by: Ted and Ronda (Purifoy) Haynes - TX

“Donna Ferguson ”
28 of 61 | Posted by: Donna Ferguson - Mt. Ida, AR

“My heart goes out to the family. I pray today for all of you. ”
29 of 61 | Posted by: Donna Ferguson-Gwinn - Mt. Ida, AR

“God took one of the Best of the Best --He helped so many --all my children and grand children --and so many more--RIP Coach prayers for your family-...Read More »
30 of 61 | Posted by: A friend

“I met Mr. Bryant last year while at Cardiac Rehab at St. Michael. He was always so friendly and kind and upbeat. Such a nice man. Sad to hear he...Read More »
31 of 61 | Posted by: Darren Cummings - Texarkana, AR

“A more honorable, dedicated, and loyal man I do not know. The lives he has touched and the good he has done for the community of Genoa is...Read More »
32 of 61 | Posted by: Derek Kelly - Memphis, TN

“I'm so very heartbroken to hear this news. Coach Bryant was such an amazing, kind, loving, giving man, and a role model to many. I was so scared when...Read More »
33 of 61 | Posted by: Christina Tristan (Moore) - Boron, CA

“Coach was an inspiration for me when I started my teaching career at Genoa Central back when. Judy and Coach were my mentors. Helping childen to make...Read More »
34 of 61 | Posted by: Joan Purifoy - Texarkana, AR

“We pray for strength to carry you and your family through this difficult time of sorrow. The precious memories will comfort you all. With Deepest...Read More »
35 of 61 | Posted by: Ben & Lavern Purifoy - Genoa, AR

“Always be the one and only Coach "Bear" Bryant in my book....Could never be able to say enough here to honor him to the level I feel he deserves......Read More »
36 of 61 | Posted by: Thad & Suellen Stracner - Tulsa, OK

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
37 of 61 | Posted by: Teresa Purifoy Addington - Genoa, AR

“Prayers to the Bryant family. God bless. ”
38 of 61 | Posted by: Johnny and Diann Brown - Fouke, AR

“Sending Love & Prayers for the Bryant family ”
39 of 61 | Posted by: Kristi Rankin - Hallsville, TX

“I have only found memories of Coach Bryant! When our home burned he brought several boxes of clothes for us! ”
40 of 61 | Posted by: Leslie Wright - Texarkana, AR

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I enjoyed learning how to play basketball and softball from coach Bryant. ”
41 of 61 | Posted by: Joyce Jordan - Texarkana, TX

“My thoughts and Prayers go out to you, Judy and your family in the loss of this wonderful man. He was a great man. ”
42 of 61 | Posted by: Ellen Sanders Barnett - Texarkana, TX

“Some of my first memories of Genoa are of the Bryant family. I had Mrs. Bryant for my second grade teacher and because of that I called her Mrs....Read More »
43 of 61 | Posted by: Jerry Monholland - Texarkana, TX

“The Cross Family is deeply saddened by the loss of Coach "Bear" Bryant. Coach Bryant was an amazing role model for young youth. He cared about all of...Read More »
44 of 61 | Posted by: Suzy Cross-Kennedy - Texarkana, TX

“praying for you all. My God give y'all wonderful memories and piece and grace though y'alls time of lose. ”
45 of 61 | Posted by: Sondra an Johnny smith - AR

“He touched many lives over his years at Genoa Central. He will be truly missed. ”
46 of 61 | Posted by: Becky (Hon) Fear - New Boston, TX

“I am saddened to hear of Coach Bryant's passing. I am thankful for all he did and meant to my family and to the Genoa Community as a whole. I don't...Read More »
47 of 61 | Posted by: Brian Murphy - Louisville, KY

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
48 of 61 | Posted by: Travis & Mary Hall - Temple, TX

“Some people just have that way of touching others lives in a way that nobody else can. Coach Bryant was one of those people. God bless his family...Read More »
49 of 61 | Posted by: Kellie Ross - Fort Smith, AR

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
50 of 61 | Posted by: Martha Benefield - Texarkana, AR

“Peace, prayers, and blessings to the Bryant family. ”
51 of 61 | Posted by: Amy Sadowski - Texarkana, TX

“Coach Bryant touched so many lives while here on earth. Heaven will be a better place now that he's there. Many will be welcoming him home. ...Read More »
52 of 61 | Posted by: Jeanette Letterman-Watson - LA

“The Cutshall family will miss him dearly. He was such a wonderful coach and friend. Coach Bryant touched so many lives and we are grateful to have...Read More »
53 of 61 | Posted by: Christy Cutshall Krieger - AR


54 of 61 | Posted by: Athena (Tina) Bible - Hecker, IL

“Belinda and family: I am quite saddened to hear of the passing of this wonderful man. As you may recall: I was quite a troubled youth, yet this man...Read More »
55 of 61 | Posted by: James Hamm - Florissant, CO

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
56 of 61 | Posted by: Rochelle Walker - Texarkana, AR

“My sympathy to the family. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Coach Bryant will be greatly missed . I loved having him as my drivers ed teacher. I was...Read More »
57 of 61 | Posted by: Linda Hasley (Frazier- class of 1982) - OK


58 of 61 | Posted by: Chuck Puckett - Fouke, AR

“There are no words for a life so well lived. He was bigger than life & involved in so many. My heart is with you all at this time. ”
59 of 61 | Posted by: Robbin Purifoy-Teer - Texarkana, AR

“He was a great coach and great row model for young men and boys and everyone that knew him .I remember him from when I was in school ,Coach Bryant...Read More »
60 of 61 | Posted by: Jessie Rayburn - dumas, AR

“I wish I could be there for Coach and for Mrs. Bryant. I will miss him. God bless Coach's family at this and all times. ”
61 of 61 | Posted by: Melissa Hays - Freeland, MI


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Byron was born on October 29, 1939 and passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Byron was a resident of Genoa, Arkansas at the time of passing.

He was a 1957 graduate of Genoa Central High School and a 1963 graduate of Henderson State Teachers College.

Burial will be at Holly Spring Cemetery under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to Holly Springs Cemetery Association, 408 MC 13, Fouke, Arkansas, 71837.

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