John T. Durant

john durant

May 27, 1929 ~ October 26, 2020

Born in: Jewett, Tx
Resided in: 3602 Nancy St, Tx

Born on May 27, 1929, the son of the late William Durant and Nora Taylor, John Durant was raised and attended school in Jewett Texas.

At an early age John enlisted into the US Army on March 16, 1951.  He was stationed at Camp Gordon Georgia in the Signal Corp where his primary responsibility was driving and meticulously maintaining his service vehicle.  He was transferred via honorable discharge to the Army Reserve on October 27,1951 due to family hardship and being the oldest and only son to his parents with seven younger sisters. He was honorably discharged to help support his family on June 27, 1956

On March 28, 1966 John married the love of his life Betty Joyce Walker and had 42 beautiful years together. John provided for his family as a self-employed accomplished brick mason for most of his life.  In 1987 he went to work at TAMU Large Animal Veterinary Clinic.  He loved working on and around campus building structures to house all kinds of large animals that were being studied.  He retired from TAMU in 2002 and received several honors during his 15 years of employment.

In his younger years he played guitar and sang in a band called The Melody Ramblers.  He wrote and recorded 2 original songs in the 70’s, “Love Is Just A Phone Call Away” and “You’ve Got Your Suitcase Packed” which can be found on YouTube. Over the past 12 years Ford Model A’s became his greatest passion. He was a member of the Brazos Valley Model A Club and restored, bought, sold and traded approximately 15 Model A vehicles that he personally brought back to life.  Rebuilding the engines was his favorite part.  He sold his final Model A in August of this year. As the years went on John seemed to never truly get old. At 91 years young, he was always vibrant, active and stayed busy with one project or another. He loved working with his hands and was always building something.

John Durant, 91, of Bryan passed away at 6:30a on October 26, 2020 at Hospice Facility Encompass.

John is survived by Daughter Lisa & Son-in-law Ty Jennings, Stepdaughter Donna Pounds,Stepdaughter Patty & Son-in-law Monte Gibbs, Stepsons, Rick Murphy & Michael Murphy, Sister Sue Rogers, 13 Grandchildren & 15 Great Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Joyce Durant, Brother Charlie Durant and Sisters Adelle Warren, Gladys Hennesey, Mae Lathrop, Faye Parker, Mary Ann Jones and Laverne Winstead.

Family and friends are invited to the Visitation from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

October 30, 2020 at the Callaway-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers 3001 S. College Ave Bryan, TX 77801.

The funeral service will start at 2:00 PM and will be officiated by Steve Holcombe.

Interment will be in the Bryan City Cemetery, 1111 North Texas Avenue Bryan, TX 77803.


Visitation: October 30, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Chaple

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Funeral Service: October 30, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Chaple

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


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  1. Rest In Peace, John. We’ll miss seeing you at the BVA meetings. Prayers for comfort for your family

  2. Mister John a Jack of all trades….we will miss your sweet wine. Rest In Peace.
    Many Blessings,
    Heath & Vivian

  3. Papa I will never forget the many efforts you made and the advice that you gave. I love you! I will do what you’ve asked of me and what you expect of me.

    Love your Grandson,


  4. Hi, papaw Johnny, I sadly never truly got to know you. I learned many beautiful things too little too late. I’ll remember you fondly and hope to see you again, bye!

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