Grady "Papa Claus" Bryant
April 15, 1949  -  September 1, 2018

Grady "Papa Claus" Bryant

Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home
508 Faust Avenue
Ozark, AL  36360
Monday, September 3, 2018
5:00 until 7:00 P.M.
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Rainbow Meadows Baptist Church
3480 Napier Field Road
Dothan, AL  36303
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
10:00 A.M.
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Gardens of Memory
6200 US Highway 431
Headland, AL  36345
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I served in the Army.

GRIMES…. Mr. Grady “Papa Claus” Bryant, a resident of Grimes, died late Saturday afternoon, September 1, 2018 in a Dothan hospital. He was 69.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Rainbow Meadows Baptist Church, Napier Field Road, Dothan with Reverend Don Clark officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Gardens of Memory, between Headland and Dothan. Derek L. Wright and Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home and also one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Mr. Bryant was born in Auburndale, Florida and grew up in Coffee County and attended school there. He was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. Mr. Bryant was the Owner/Operator of Bryant’s Masonry for most of his adult life until retirement. He was well renowned for his skilled masonry work throughout the tristate area. Grady had the honor of not only working for but also becoming great friends with many of the finest home builders in the area. He served many years as a council member for the Grimes community.

Grady was an active member of Rainbow Meadows Baptist Church in Dothan and served several years as a deacon.

He will be remembered for his love of life, humor, humble nature and most of all for being a Santa helper. He was known as Papa Claus to many; he touched countless lives young and old with this special gift. Grady fit the calling of the Santa helper with the natural beard, twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks and round belly. He was Santa to many in the Wiregrass area. He will also be remembered for his love of the outdoors, being an avid hunter, loving to fish and an Alabama football fan. Roll Tide!

Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester Bryant; his mother, Sybol Whittaker; a brother, Jerry Bryant; two sisters, Madge Sullivan and Trena Spears; mother-in-law, Jewell Floyd.

Mr. Bryant is survived by the love of his life, Wanda Bryant, whom he was married to for forty nine years; his son, Jerrad Bryant (Sandra Shehane Bryant), Newville; his daughter, April Harris (Jerry Harris), Ozark; three very loved grandchildren, Madison Savannah Bryant, Dale Wyatt Harris and Abbygail Jewell Harris; three special grand dogs- J.A.D.A. Harris, Saban Bryant and Crimson Bryant; a special aunt, Madge Grantham, Enterprise; sister-in-law, Brenda Barnes (Frankie Barnes), Gordon, and two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Glover, Headland and Mike Glover, Newton; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; also cherishing his memory and good times shared is hunting and fishing buddies, Timmy Adkinson, Gene Turvin, Roy Smith and good friend Scott Chatham.

The Bryant family would like to thank Dr. Diana Mancuso, his family physician for over thirty years and a special thank you to the wonderful ladies in her office in addition to Dr. Latimer; Southeast Alabama Medical Center Pulmonary Therapy Group, Sandra Galloway, his nurses and friends he acquired there. Lastly, a special thank you to all of Papa Claus’ Facebook friends and family for their continued support and prayers.







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  1. Terri Brooks
    Level Plains, AL

    Love and prayers to all of you during your loss. Grady was a beloved soul on this earth and he will be greatly missed. May God, family and friends continue to be a source of comfort to you. Grady will live on in so many ways, especially in our hearts and memories.

    Love, Terri.

  2. Sandra Galloway
    Dothan, AL

    It was my honor and pleasure to meet Grady. He always had a ready smile. He will be missed so much by the people who came in contact with him and his positive outlook! He was a ray of sunshine! I am so glad i got the chance to talk to him one more time! To Wanda and family, my deepest condolences to you as you adjust to life with him not at your side! We must remember, he is in a better place, no pain and no shortness of breath.
    With all my love!❤️
    Sandra Galloway

  3. Sandra Galloway
    Dothan, AL

    It was my honor and pleasure to meet Grady. He always had a ready smile. He will be missed so much by the people who came in contact with him and his positive outlook! He was a ray of sunshine! I am so glad i got the chance to talk to him one more time! To Wanda and family, my deepest condolences to you as you adjust to life with him not at your side! We must remember, he is in a better place, no pain and no shortness of breath.
    With all my love!❤️
    Sandra Galloway

  4. Tina Bernath
    Dothan, AL

    Dear Wanda and Family, am so very sorry to hear of Grady's passing. Grady was such a kind man. My thoughts and prayers for you & your family. Blessings & comfort to all.

  5. Randy and Teresa Herrington
    New Brockton, AL

    Wanda, you and your family are in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss, Grady was a great man and will be missed by all. Randy and Teresa Herrington

  6. Jo Dasinger
    Grimes, AL

    I didn't know Grady personally until I became Mayor of Grimes, where he was already on the Council. I immediately knew he was a good Christian man that loved his Town and was always offering his Prayers and concerns with the Council and Mayor. We are going to miss him tremendously. Thank you Wanda for sharing him with us. Mayor Billie Jo Dasinger

  7. Tracy Henderson
    Dothan, AL

    Wanda, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this hard time in your life.

  8. Bryan Wheeler
    Enterprise, AL

    Dearest Wanda,
    May God bless and comfort each of you in this time of Earthly sorrow. Grady continued to be a light and inspiration in a time when all else seemed to fall apart and go asunder. He maintained a love of family and the respect of all who knew him. There is no doubt where his immortal soul is now; he will indeed be missed here. Much love to you, Jerrad and April.
    ~Bryan

  9. Thomas Dixon
    Midland City, AL

    I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Grady for many years. I had the opportunity to hunt, fish, and work with him. He was a genuine person that truly cared about people, and everybody that knew him was a better person because of it!! It has been an honor to know this man, and be able to call him a friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to Me. Wanda and the family!! Mr. Grady will be greatly missed!!

  10. Valerie Hart
    Slocomb, AL

    I will miss seeing his smile. We love you. If you need anything please let me know. You will be in my prayers.

  11. Carol Jeanette Wallace
    DothanMy deepest sympathy is, AL

    My deepest sympathy is for the family Grady wonderful person gentle and kind human being wonderful father grandfather and husband . As they say we have to watch rest in peace .


  12. Elaine Tarver
    Dothan, AL

    Wanda, Jerrad and April,
    I am so sorry to read about Grady. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace. Focus on the many happy memories of his time with you

  13. larose shirley
    Dothan, AL

    Rest well my friend. I have only known you and family for a short while but you have made such a wonderful impact on my life. We will all miss you at Rainbow but you are, without doubt, in the arms of Jesus, waiting for the rest of us. Love and prayers for peace and comfort to your family.

  14. Ashley (Turvin) Whaley
    Dothan, AL

    Sending all of you my love and sending up prayers for each of you. Grady was a wonderful and kind man. I cherish all my childhood memories that include him, Wanda, Jerrad, and April. May God give you all peace that surpasses understanding.

  15. Barbara Prewett
    Newton, AL

    Wanda, Jerrod, April & Family.
    We are so Blessed to have Met each and every one of u Especially Mr Grady , Papa Clause...
    A Good Man, with so much love for all. He had a special love for life and his family .. He sure loved his grandbabies, Maddie, Dale and sweet Abby..
    The love of 🎅.. George, Myself And Joey. Will never . Forget his live , kindness and his boil peanuts .. He is and will will ever be cherished in our heart. RIDE High On the Mountains Papa!!! Holding you now and always tight in our hearts forever. ..

    ALL OUR LOVE George, Barbara and Joseph Prewetr

  16. Cindy Lanton Crowe
    Headland, AL

    Sending prayers Mrs Wanda for you and the family. Heaven gained a very special man. He will be missed dearly.

  17. Cindie Hagler
    Midland City, AL

    So sorry for your loss. To have known him was to love him. I surely will miss him. Always called him (my man ) loved sitting and talking with him while he boiled peanuts. To Wanda and all the family hugs and prayers.

  18. Bill and Elaine Blue
    Dothan, AL

    "God will heal your broken heart just give him all off the pieces" You are in our thoughts and we're sending up prayers for you to have peace and comfort in days and weeks ahead !

  19. Jessie Johnson
    enterprise, AL

    I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Grady several years ago when I was his nurse,such a sweet and kind man,he told me "just call me Papa Claus"

  20. melba and ted yeomans
    midland city, AL

    so sorry to hear about mr.grady,our hearts feel for you all he was a special man pretty sure we want be able to show our sorrow in person because of health reasons but will be praying for a special family.

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