Kenneth Bryant

KENNETH BRYANT passed away Jan. 4, 2021, just a couple weeks shy of his 70th birthday. He was a man of many names. He was Kenny, Daddy, Daddio, and Paw Paw Ken and Grandaddy to his grandchildren. He was Tuscarora to his tribal relations. When he became a great grandfather he became Grandaddio. The kids on the Arab school bus called him Mister B.

He lived his life with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, a quiet smile on his face, and ever ready with a gentle word or a joke in his front pocket depending on which was needed. He was dependable for the kind of bear hugs that melt away most any kind of heartache and wisdom for most any situation. He has long been known for his kindness, humor, and service to his Native and local communities.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents Lenard and Doylee Williamson Bryant, his sister Martha Bryant, his brother Benny Bryant, his two older daughters Michelle Kindler and LeeAnn Bryant, and grandson Richard Todd.

He is survived by his youngest daughter Crystal Bryant and her mother Loretta Bryant, who remained a close lifelong friend; his girlfriend Lisa Drinkard and Lisa’s daughter Sarah Lim; grandchildren Lashae Bryant, Jennifer Maples, Jonathan Caldwell, and Austin Brainerd; great grandchildren Alyssa McCoy, Adan Bryant, and Eliza Jane Maples; and many friends, relatives, and loved ones. To know Kenny Bryant was to love him, and he will be deeply and dearly missed by many.

The family received friends Monday, Jan. 11, at Lemley Funeral Home from noon until 1 p.m. A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., at Tidwell Cemetery with Chris Ferrell officiating.

-obituary written by family