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George Earl Bryant

George Earl Bryant, son of the late Earl and Iona Adela (Wingert) Bryant, was born on April 5, 1943 in Cabool, Missouri, and entered glory on March 20, 2015 at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. He was 71 years, 11 months, and 15 days of age.

He was united in marriage to Edwina Williams on September 3, 1961. Seven children were born to this union: Mark, Randy, Christopher, Michael, John, Kathleen, and Debra. George and Edwina were married for 38 years before her passing on August 26, 2000.

George was united in marriage to Ruth Nevius on October 3, 2001 in Springfield. He became the stepfather to four children: Mark, David, Becky, and Carol.

He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, singing, and music. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

George pastored Baptist churches in California, Kansas, and Missouri, having founded the Mountain Grove Baptist Temple. He also founded Century 21 Real Estate in Mountain Grove.

He worked in various positions in radio, such as disc jockey, underwriting director, and manager. He worked at KTRI in Mansfield, Missouri, and KWFC in Springfield. George was known throughout the Ozarks for his love of southern gospel music, both on radio and singing with his family group, and as a preacher of the gospel. Heaven has gained a booming bass voice.

Besides his parents and his first wife, George was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Trisha Bryant.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of the home; seven sons, Mark Bryant and wife Debbie of Springfield, Randy Bryant and wife Heather of Willard, Missouri, Christopher Bryant of Springfield, Michael Bryant of Sullivan, Missouri, John Bryant and wife Lori of Springfield, Mark Penick of Springfield, and David Penick and wife Jayla of Springfield; four daughters, Kathleen Sweatt and husband Daniel of Mountain Grove, Debra Bryant of Springfield, Becky Penick of Springfield, and Carol Penick of Springfield; two sisters, Iona Glenn and husband Robert, of Rogersville, Missouri, and Eloise “Bonnie” Summers of Nebraska; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. George will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mountain Grove with Rev. Dennis Jennings and Rev. Ralph Nevius officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Bible College c/o the funeral home.

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