Gary Bryant

Gary Bryant, 65, of College Station, entered into eternal rest Friday, March 11, 2011. Service arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, at Central Baptist Church. Funeral ceremonies celebrating his life will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, at Central Baptist Church, with Rev. Chris Osborne officiating. Interment will be Thursday, March 17, in his hometown of Fort Towson, Oklahoma.

Gary was born October 14, 1945, in Fort Towson, Oklahoma to the late Carl and Zelma Bryant. He attended Oklahoma State University and he proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. He has lived in the College Station area for over 15 years and he attended Central Baptist Church. Gary has served the oil industry for over 40 years and also established his own local oil company, 7711 Corp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruthie Partridge.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Carol Bryant, of College Station, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, Chad and Lou Bryant, of New Zealand, Aaron and Sarah Bryant, of College Station, Texas, Preston Bryant, of College Station, Texas; sister, Charlotte Clifford, of Dallas, Texas; adored grandchildren, Honey, Riley, and James Bryant; and step-daughter, Krista Jones, of Long Beach, Calif.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association in Gary’s honor to PO Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.


  1. Our dear Gary,
    You kindness and love towards us shall never be forgotten. You hold such a special place in our hearts. You will never be forgotten and always remembered as someone so dear to us. We love you and will miss you.
    Jeff, Cokie, Caleb, Adam, and Aaron

    The Bryant Family,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, brother,and grandfather. May the peace of God be with all of you through this difficult time.
    Love and sympathy,
    Jeff, Coco, Caleb, Adam, and Aaron

  2. Gary, can’t believe you’re gone so soon. You were a great friend and for many years, I enjoyed sitting on the sidelines of Allen Academy athletic events watching our sons play and getting to know you better.

    Preston, you’re Dad loved you and your family more than life itself, and he was so very proud of you. He wanted nothing but the best for you, and demanded nothing less in return, and it certainly shows. Stay on that path, and you will do well. You’re ready.

    Gary was a patriot and loved his country and his family. If you were a referee working one of Preston’s games, watch out. With Gary, you always knew where you stood.

    Our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless, Ed Torres

  3. To the Bryant family….We are shocked and saddened by the loss of the beloved Gary. What a great man! His love for Preston was so great and his involvement in his school, sports and life was one of constant love and encouragement. I know the Allen Academy family had no better supporter and friend to all. We will remember you Gary at Baker Field on Friday nights as your familiar voice and “Go get ’em Preston!” will forever be part of the place. Also all the basketball games…the miles you travelled and the calls you made, to see your boy play.

    We are all better for having known Gary Bryant, and will miss him terribly.
    Preston…..We know your Dad taught you well and we know you will be a great man just like him.

    With the greatest respect…..The Vanadore Family

  4. To Preston and all of the Bryant family ~ Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of your Father. Life is never quite the same when a loved one is no longer present, and I am sorry for the hardship you are experiencing.

    We will hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers as you move through the process of grieving and healing. Please know that there are many like us who are thinking of you.

  5. Preston, Carol, Aaron and Chad,
    We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Bryant. We just cannot believe he is gone. He was a great and generous man. Mr Bryant did a lot of things for people that they will never know he did and did not want them to know he was just there to help.
    Mr Bryant was extremely generous to Anthony and treated him like his own son. He would discipline him when he needed it and he would let him get away with things just because.
    We will always remember the many games at Allen Academy where he would give his opinion to the referees and when the referees told him to stop he would say “thanks”. There was never a dull moment at a basketball game when Preston was playing and Gary was in the stands.
    Preston we want you to know that we will always be here for you. Please do not hesitate to call us if you ever need us.

  6. Gary, You are gone . May The Great God you and I worship and Love , present you with His undying Love today and forever . You will be missed here every day every moment . God Bless and keep. kp

    Family I pray God will give you the peace that trancends . In your hour of greif . I will never forget Gary . If me or my family can help. Call kp

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace. I know Gary was a very generous man who completely adored his family. He will be greatly missed.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time. Please let us know if you need anything.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. We loved Gary so much and remember all the times we had. Matt will always remember the good times that they shared. Your family is in our prayers during this sad time. He will be missed by many. Blessings.
    The Lampe’s


  11. Praying the Lord will be with you to give solace in your time of grieving. There is NO greater ; than losing a loved one.
    My family and I will always be grateful and cherish the memories. I prefer thinking about the celebration taking place when being “Welcomed Home”. Rest in peace Gary. You will be sorely missed.

  12. Dear Preston,
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was such a nice man. Know that he was very, very proud of you and will looking down on you every day. Again, I am sorry for your loss.
    Janet Harrison

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if you need anything.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    The Bullin’s

  14. Aaron, Sarah, James, and family:

    We’re deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  15. I worked with Gary at Don Parkerson Services years ago, and had the opportunity to speak with him several times after that. He was a wonderful man, with such a great personality and love of life and always so optimistic. He will be greatly missed! I am so sorry for your loss and I will have you all in my prayers.

  16. Our thoughts & prayers are with Gary’s family. He will be missed by many people in the oilfield.

  17. I was shocked to read the very sad news of Gary’s passing. Gary and I had talked on the phone and exchanged emails over the past few years. I looked forward to the day we would be able to meet in person. With his positive attitude toward life he always managed to bring a smile to my lips. He will be dearly missed. My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this time. You will all be in my prayers.

  18. Dear Carol, Chad and Lou, Aaron and Sarah, Preston and families. We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Gary’s passing, and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you all. We were lucky to have met Gary on his travels to visit Lou and Chad in New Zealand and feel privileged to have known him over the past 12 years. We really enjoyed his company and talks on the phone over the long distance and we are sorry we can’t be with you to offer support and love at this time, especially to our caring son-in-law Chad and our wonderful daughter Lou, Honey and Riley. Our thoughts and love are with you all. Lauren and Les

  19. Gary was a true friend of mine and a man i respected very much. I have been very honored to have been Garys only choice for all of his directional drilling needs for the last 17 years. It has been a great experience knowing and working with Gary.
    I will miss Gary very much and will always remember the times we had together.
    Gary was a one of a kind guy, im sure i will never meet no one else like him.
    A true legend in his field.
    I loved him much

  20. Carol and Preston,

    We are so sad to hear that Gary has left this world. We first got to know Gary at Allen sporting events, but only after we got the nerve to sit next to him, he was a Character. Gary spoke for most parents at Allen sporting events only because we didn’t have the nerve to say what was on our minds. Gary always expressed a love for his family and his employees and their families. He once told Lynn that Preston kept him young. Gary was just a very special person. We will miss his smiling face and firm handshake as he made his way to his familiar seat at Central.

    Pat, Lynn, Alexandria and Patrick

  21. Rode with this man for 30 years.
    Fought hundreds of engagements with tort-feasors, contract breachers and horse thieves.
    Cheerful in all weathers.
    Never shirked a task.
    Splendid behavior.
    To Carol and the boys, I pray our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only with the cherished memory of the love lost.
    To Gary, may you rest in peace now and forever.
    Your pal,

  22. Mr. Bryant will be deeply missed but always remembered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    From all of us at the B.J. Services Bryan District,

  23. Words could not possibly describe a better Daddy for Our Son, Preston. Equally dedicated to his beautiful sons Chad and Aaron, whom I have had the pleasure of watching grow from the ages of 13 and 15 into the beautiful, dedicated husbands and fathers they are today. Gary also helped raise, shape and influence the lives of Preston’s sisters and brother, my children, Lindsey, Brindy and Michael, until the day he went home to be with the Lord. I will always remain grateful for the Father he was and for the continued Friend I had in him. He was the “Go to Man” for everyone… Gary… You will be missed beyond words and all tears. It is hard to believe you are no longer here…. Until we all meet again my friend. Debbie DDD

  24. May God be with the Bryant Family at this time. I pray that He will comfort you and give you strength at this time.

  25. Dear Carol, We are so sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you. Love, Phil and Bobbi Sawtelle


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