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Bryant & Sons Mark the End of the Greatest Generation with the passing of Norman

A.M. “Jack” Bryant started Bryant and Sons in 1945 with his seven sons and three daughters.  After seven decades of serving Chattooga County Bryant and Sons has become a staple of the community. Bryant and Sons is an iconic tradition and now fourth generation Bryants serve fourth generation customers.

Norman was the baby of the family and the last remaining of the original Sons that the store Bryant and Sons was named after. He passed away amidst his family on January 12th 2017.

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The Bryant family in the early 30s, Norman is the baby being held

At the time my great grandfather, A.M. “Jack” Bryant, opened the store Norman was still in school at Lyerly. Some of Norman’s older brothers had answered the call to go help save the world during World War II, while others went straight to work in the store. Norman graduated from Lyerly High School in 1950 and joined his older brothers and father at the store.

The ‘Sons’ of Bryant and Sons were the best men I have ever known. Jack, Johnny, Bill (my Papa), Ed, Gardener, Grady and Norman were part of the greatest generation. Having grown up during the Depression and lived through four years of war in which the entire world was fighting, this group of Bryant men were humble always, hard workers and men of God. They were carpenters, plumbers, electricians and preachers.

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Mr. A.M. Bryant and his sons

The Bryant Sons were always busy either at the Store or out building a community. They built many of the schools in the county including the old Summerville High School, Pennville School, and Center Post School. They also constructed the Summerville City Hall, JD Hill Funeral Home, the first Housing Authority apartments in Summerville and many residential homes throughout the county.

Norman Bryant worked in the family business his entire life and eventually became the owner of Bryant and Sons. As many small businesses have been forced to close their doors in Summerville with the introduction of large mega stores like Wal-Mart and Marvin’s, Bryant and Sons has remained and thrived. Norman taught his sons to offer good service, good merchandise, fair prices all with a personal touch. Today the store is ran by Norman’s sons Anthony, Dennis and Alan and Anthony’s son Landon.

The passing of Norman Bryant does mark the end of a generation, but the family legacy continues as Bryant & Sons will continue to serve the community as it has for the last 70 years.

Funeral arrangements for Norman Bryant are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

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The Bryant Family of Lyerly,Georgia early 1940s

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