David Lee Bryant
David Lee Bryant, 69, of Locust Hill, died at home peacefully on Thursday, December 12, 2013 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Detroit, Dave was the son of the late Fred and Ann Bryant of Champaign, Illinois. He was a graduate of Northwestern University and served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Dave attended graduate school at Emory University, and enjoyed a career in advertising. In 2004, he retired from Howard, Merrell and Partners in Raleigh. After retiring, Dave volunteered as a radio announcer at WCPE in Wake Forest.
Dave was a dedicated, loving man who took great pride in his family. He was known for his keen sense of humor and sharp intellect, and in business his first concern was always for people. A self-taught, lifelong sailor, one of Dave’s greatest joys was exploring the Caribbean and Chesapeake Bay from the helm of his boat, “TRUE COLORS.”
Dave is survived by his wife, Deborah Bryant. He also is survived by his sons, Scott Bryant of Manteo (wife Marcia), and Jeff Bryant of Fuquay Varina (wife Jennifer); grandsons, Jackson and Jenner Bryant; sister, Judy Bryant of Brentwood, Tenn.; and his stepson, Brian Ranck of Apex. He was predeceased by his sister, Susan Wild of Champaign, Illinois.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 19, at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, N.C., with visitation beginning at 6 p.m., memorial at 6:30 p.m., and a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverside Hospice Fund at 608 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 700, Newport News, VA 23608. Online donations are accepted at http://www.riversideonline.com/foundation.