Travis B. Bryan, Jr., born April 14, 1922 in Houston, Texas, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the St. Joseph Manor in Bryan where he was recovering from complications resulting from congestive heart failure.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, September 27, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the atrium of the First Baptist Church of Bryan. The funeral service will take place the following morning at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at the Bryan City Cemetery. Dr. H. Bailey Stone will officiate.
Travis Bryan, Jr. was a life-long resident of Bryan, Texas, except for his four year service with the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet during World War II. He lived a consistent and predictable life in terms of his passions and loves. He loved his family unconditionally and treasured his friends, young and old, immeasurably. He appreciated and could not do enough for his customers and employees of The First National Bank, one of his greatest passions along with the game of golf which bore him much pleasure and numerous friendships. He had tremendous pride in his community, the State of Texas, his country, Bryan Public Schools and Texas A-M University which have lost one of their biggest fans. But, all of his life, he has maintained a steadfast love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at whose hand he resides today.
Travis Bryan, Jr. is preceded in death by his parents, Travis B. Bryan and Ruth Boatwright Bryan.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Bess Norman Bryan of Bryan; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Travis B. Bryan, III and wife, Rebecca of Bryan and Timothy Norman Bryan of Bryan; five grandchildren and their spouses, Austin Wood Bryan and Rebecca of Georgetown, Rebecca Bryan Leeper and Chad of Eagle, Colorado, William Joel Bryan, VI and Pam of The Woodlands, Emily Bryan Bullion and Lewis of Katy and Elizabeth Bryan Landgraf and Ian of College Station; great grandchildren William Travis Bryan, Hannah Claire Landgraf, Nathan Chad Leeper, William Joel Bryan, VII, Wyatt Jennings Bryan, Jackson Bryan Landgraf and Rebecca Lucille Leeper.
Pallbearers will be Tom McDade, Mike Holmgreen, Steve Hilton, Ivan Olson, Joe Salvato, Cal McNeill and Jerry Fox.
Travis Bryan was my great friend. I admired him
for his committment to the Lord and his unique way of expressing his faith. To hear him pray
was very inspiring. He prayed and you sensed
he was talking to the Lord in a chair beside him.
He loved his church and the teaching of the gospel and was a great supporter of all the church and it out reach to the world. He will
bemissed by many.
We remember the family in prayer.
I knew Mr. Bryan in the early 1980s when I worked at Briarcrest C.C. in the golf shop while attending A-M. I remember Travis Bryan as a man who had a great sense of humor, a man who enjoyed competition, and a man who was a true gentleman. I greatly admired the way he treated people. I am happy I had the chance to know him.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and strength for the family.
THANKS, FOR THE FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP ON AND OFF THE COURSE,
TIMES I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND CHERISH. THANKS FOR SHARING YOU’RE AMAZINGLY FULL LIFE WITH SO MANY ON AND INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY WIDE LEVEL, WHAT A ROUND!
Travis Bryan Jr. was a good man. I knew him as both a brother in Christ and as a brother Mason. He was the person I talked to when I decided to join Brazos Union lodge. He wasn’t very active, but you could tell that he loved being a Mason for more than 40 years. Our lodge membership allowed two people from different generations 40 years apart to visit like we were old friends. I don’t know if he will have the Masonic burial service he wanted, but he will still always be remembered as a part of Brazos Union lodge.
Dear Norma, Travis and Tim:
Oh, how I loved, admired and respected Travis! There was never a time when I saw him that he wasn’t friendly, thoughful, kind and caring. He truly was a man of God and it showed in every way. When Norma could not attend the FNB Christmas parties, I was always so honored (and tickled) to be his escort!
I shall treasure the memory of your husband and father.
God Bless Travis and God Bless you.
Our love and condolencenses to Norma, Travis, and Tim on your great loss, a life and a soldier for the Lord Whose presence he shares now in Heaven.
We remember the day in 1961 when he played in the 1961 Dallas Open and beat Jack Nicklaus, one of golf’s greatest that first day at the Oak Cliff Country. We were there, we witnessed it. In fact, we arranged his invitation. Oak Cliff Country Club hosted the PGA Tour’s Dallas Open (now the GTE Byron Nelson Classic) between 1958-62 and 1964-67. The year Travis played In 1961, Earl Stewart, Jr. shot 278 and became the only club professional to win a PGA event at that time. The course’s terrain was and still is rolling, and the greens were and still are small. There are water hazards that come into play on many holes, and sand bunkers are scattered throughout the entire course. Players get a chance to test the accuracy of their short irons on hole #3, a 176-yard, par 3, which plays over a stream to a well-bunkered green. The best opportunity to let loose with the driver is on hole #14, a 544-yard, par 5, which plays straightaway to a well-bunkered green. Its been renamed the The Golf Club of Dallas. Long live the spirit of Travis that day! A great competitor, a compassionate frient. We will miss him.
Bill and Betty of Dallas.
We were saddened to hear of your loss. God Bless!
My Dad Frank Dalton and Travis were good friends in World War II stationed in Farragut, ID. at the Navy radio school.
My dad would tell me stories about the great times they had together and also that they had gotten back in touch after so many years. Everytime Travis would call him, my dad would let me know how good it was that they had talked and how Travis was such a ‘Great Guy’ .
One of the best stories was how Travis would get care packages filled with cookies, etc. and how he would come out and share with everyone.
Our familiy prayers are with you all.
Menlo Park, CA
To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank you for serving our country during WW II in the U.S. Navy – also being a member (Life) of the American Legion. You are a member of ‘the greatest generation’. May God’s Speed Be With You Sailor. It is our privilege to provide your Final Military Honors – graveside.
With our deep sense of loss and our prayerrs that the Lord sustain and comfort each of you………..
Travis, Tim, Mrs. Bryan and family,
I’m sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Mr Bryan very well, but I know his sons. You can tell the measure of a man by what he leaves behind. Mr Bryan left a good family, plenty of friends,and a faith in God instilled in them. You can’t ask for much more than that. May God give you peace.
Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Mr. Bryan was a pillar in our community and set a very high bar for all of us to aspire.
The Bryan family has always been more than kind and thoughtful for the years I have known them. My prayers go out to the family and especially to my friend ‘Miss Norma’. May God bless you and keep you and your family in his loving and caring grace while you morn you loss.
Tim (and Travis) I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Nothing but fond memories of your Dad and the Aggie Club as well as his golf. Trust you are doing well and keep in touch. Ricky told me yesterday that your Dad’s passing was in the paper. Let me know if there is anything I can do.
God has a very ‘special’ angel to watch over all of us left behind. Mr. Bryan will be sorely missed! I miss seeing him getting off the elevator on the second floor at the former First National Bank of Bryan and quoting a scripture from the bible in our times of need.
Travis Bryan will always hold a very special place in the hearts of me and my husband. He was truly a man of God.
I’m sorry to have lost such a wonderful Christian man. While working for him at FNB, it was refreshing to see someone who spoke of our Lord without any hesistation. He was truly a gentlemen who always had a smile, showed kindness and a loving spirit. He will truly be missed.