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 to sign the online guest register.

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Lynn Hill
   Posted Sun March 04, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Jesse... He was a very sweet person whom I growed to love. May God be with his family and give them comfort through this time so sorrow. Love, Lynn

J. Smith Oliver
   Posted Sun March 04, 2012
I remember Goodwin , his Father & Brothers so well when I grew up there at Greensboro and attended the Methodist Church with them. Goodwin always treated me very nice and with great dignity as me being a youngster. May you, the family, be blessed as Goodwin was through life.

Carlene Noggle
   Posted Sun March 04, 2012
I sure am sorry to hear of Mr. Goodman's passing. He was our mail carrier for many, many years.I always enjoyed talking to him at Holcomb's Bar-B-Que when I would wait on him at the window. He was such a nice man and will be missed. May God comfort you during this time. Sincerely , Carlene Noggle

Nat & Louise Harwell
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Louise and I send our heartfelt sympathies at this difficult time of loss. Wonderful memories abound from a long time ago of your wonderful family and good times. May God bless all of you in your loss, and may we rejoice that your parents are together again and restored to their vitality, forever.

Sandra Roper
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
I will be praying for you, Melanie.

   Posted Mon March 05, 2012

Meg Marshall
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Melanie and family, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember him fondly as being our mailman for many years when I was growing up. I used to wait to see his mail truck coming down the road and I would run to the mailbox to meet him where he would hand me our mail. He was always so sweet and it was such a thrill as a little girl to have the mail personally handed to me. My prayers are with all of you as you grieve for him.

dianne finch mckinley
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
so sorry for your loss

John & Jeanette Jackson
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Carolyn we are so sorry about your brother. Our prayers are with you and your family. We love you. John and Jeanette Jackson Warner Robins, Ga.N

William Poole
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
My condolences to Goodwin's family. I salute him for his service to our country.

Betty Gober (Boswell) Anderson
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Goodwin & Lou were neighbors of ours on the Union Pt. Rd. They were so good to my mother after my father (Edgar Gober) died, They were the "very best of friends and will certainly rest in God's grace. Betty

Dale Temple
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Goody, just learned of your father's passing, I'm so sorry. My memory of "Mr. Goodwin" was as the smiling, cheerful, mail carrier...always pleasant, upbeat person,with a smile and kind word for everyone. God Bless, may God be with you and your family.

Annette &Robert Dowdy
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
We were so sorry to hear about Goodwin's death he was a wonderful person. I know it is hard for the family,but you have some wonderful memories to help you through this time.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Tue March 06, 2012

Linda Brook McLeroy
   Posted Wed March 07, 2012
Lester, I was very sorry to hear of your dear brother's death...Know that all the family will be in my prayers..He had many friends . Linda

Kim Gunn
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Bryan from my childhood. He always had a smile and "how you doing?" for everyone. He was a good person and will be missed dearly.