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Colonel John A. Bryan, 95, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024 at Cotton Grove Estates after a lengthy illness under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
John was born on October 11, 1928 in Jesup, Georgia to the late William Floey and Inez Elizabeth Morgan Bryan. He spent his early years in Jesup and was a member of the 1946 graduating class of Wayne County High School having served as class president before joining the United States Army. John pursued higher education and was recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in 1950 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity . He received his Regular Army commission in the Chemical Corps and later attended the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Master’s degree in Physics. In 1957, John attended the Royal Military College in Shriveham, England and later the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During his service to his beloved country, Colonel Bryan served as a Nuclear Effects Engineer and later, after several other assignments, served as Commanding Officer of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado, and Assistant Commandant of the USA Ord and CML School finally, retiring as Commanding Officer of the Savanna Army Depot in Savanna, Illinois in 1980. Throughout his career, Colonel Bryan also worked at the Pentagon and was offered a job at the White House. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and the Legion of Merit.
After retirement, John settled in Hinesville, Georgia where he began a second career as a Horologist repairing antique clocks for his customers. He operated his business, Antique Clocks Unlimited, for many years. John was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hinesville and enjoyed golfing in his spare time.
In addition to his parents, his wife Melba York Bryan and his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jean Bryan, all preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Roger Bryan and wife, Regina of Lawrenceville, Georgia; daughter, Barbara Bryan of Hinesville, Georgia; grandson, Andrew Bryan of Texas and four nieces, Pat York of Jesup, Georgia, Pamela Finland and husband, Russell of Savannah, Georgia, Andrea York of Jesup and Ellen Wilkes and husband, Clyde of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Numerous extended family members also survive.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with Reverend Dale Bange officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in the Jesup City Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the United States Army.
The family would like to express a special word of gratitude to his caretakers and the staff of Cotton Grove Estates, especially his private caregiver, Joy Lynn, for the special loving care provided to John. You have gone above and beyond and we are truly grateful.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Cotton Grove Estate, 249 Joe Naia Road, Jesup, GA 31545 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd. Jesup, GA 31545.