Jesse Goodwin Bryan, Sr

Born: Mon., Oct. 13, 1924
Died: Sun., Mar. 4, 2012

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Jesse Goodwin Bryan, Sr. age 87, of Athens, Georgia, formerly of Greensboro, Georgia, died Sunday, March 4, 2012 at St. Mary''s Hospice House in Bogart, GA. A native of Greene County he was born on October 13, 1924 to the late William Albert Bryan and Nora Wood Bryan. He was a 1941 graduate of Greensboro High School and in 1951 married the former Alma Louise Evans of Anderson, South Carolina. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He served in the European Theater where he was wounded twice. While living in Greensboro and raising his family, he was the city letter carrier for the Greensboro Post Office and after thirty years of service retired in 1989. In 2005 he moved to Athens to be closer to his children and their families. Mr. Bryan was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro and the Disabled American Veterans.

He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-one years, Alma Louise "Lou" Bryan, on January 28th of this year. He is survived by a daughter, Melanie Bufford and husband Buddy of Watkinsville, GA; two sons, Jeffrey Bryan and wife Brenda of Bishop, GA and Goodwin Bryan Jr. and wife Beth of Watkinsville, GA; a sister, Carolyn Bryan Taylor of Warner Robins, GA; three brothers, James Bryan of Greensboro, GA, Robert Bryan of Monroe, GA and Lester Bryan of Lawrenceville, GA; five grandchildren, Bryan Bufford and wife Danah, Brett Bufford and wife Karen, Kristi Bryan, Melissa Bryan and Evan Bryan; three great grandchildren, Atalie Bufford, Josey Bufford and Hudson Bufford; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Wayne Usry officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA 30642. Serving as pallbearers are Roger McKinley, Tommy McKinley, Robby Bryan, David Burnette, Bobby Burnette, Brett Bufford and Evan Bryan. Honorary pallbearers are current and past Greensboro Post Office and Greene County Postal Carriers. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday night at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any memorials be made to Alzheimer''s Association, Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346 or Wounded Warriors Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28314. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626,is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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