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Fred Allen Bryant Sr.

July 31, 1945 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 73)
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Fred Allen Bryant Sr. of Waxahachie passed away on April 18, 2019 doing what he loved, shooting pool.

Memorial Service: Saturday April 27, 2019 at 2:00PM at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 624 Ovilla Rd, Waxahachie, TX 75167 with Father Terry Reisner and Father Jerry Hill officiating.  

Fred was born on July 31, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to LeeRoy and Annie Mary Bryant. He was the youngest of four siblings. Fred graduated from Sunset High School, in Dallas, class of 1963 prior to joining the United States Army. He later attended UTA upon his return from service in the United States Army. He retired as an Electronic Engineer from Southwestern Bell/AT&T after 35 years' service. Before, during and after his service he was known as an expert in purposeful demolition. The stories that could be told about the things he blew up could go on forever… just ask his wife, Carol. In his free time, Fred enjoyed playing pool. When he was younger, he became so talented at the game; it began to pay for some of his and Carol’s bills. In addition to pool, Fred was gifted at restoring old classic cars, like Jaguars, Corvettes and currently a 1953 MG TD.  It was closer to an art form than just mechanical work for Fred. The cars looked and ran better than when they were new. Fred was smart, witty and could fix anything he laid his hands on. He was also compassionate and selfless. One incident that shows his selflessness was when he ran into a burning car to rescue a baby boy trapped in his car seat. As onlookers stared with hopelessness in their eyes, Fred heard a faint cry and pressed forward running through the billowing smoke determined to find the source of the sound he had heard. Trapped in his car seat was a helpless baby boy. With the help of a pocket knife and his bravery, Fred cut the baby free and carried him to safety, moments before the car and truck exploded in flames. For his selflessness and bravery, he was presented with multiple awards including the Carnegie Hero Medal, DPS award for heroism in civilians, an award from the Red Oak City council, an award from his employer, Southwestern Bell and was named an “Everyday Hero” in Readers Digest. Fred was honored by all the recognition and awards he received but would have done it all again in a heartbeat for nothing but the knowledge that he helped a little boy. His compassionate heart transcended species as well. He had a special place in his heart for his rescue dogs. They became part of his family. Fred loved being surrounded by all his family. He was content watching them as they bantered back and forth while he would throw in a witty comment here and there.

Fred’s tender and loving heart and kind nature will be missed by all who knew him. His presence will never be replaced but take comfort in knowing that he is Heaven watching down on all of us.

 Fred was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Bryant; Son, Fred Allen Bryant Jr. and his wife, Carrie Lynn; daughter, Jennifer Denise Caddell; grandchildren, Rachel Alvarez and her husband, Brandon, Ray Glover, Jessica Estrada, Ayden Allen Bryant and Austin Tyler Bryant; great-grandchild, Andr’e Cielo Martinez; sisters, Alice Williams and Lee Ann Phillips; brother, LeeRoy Bryant Jr.; his faithful canine companions, Otie, Charlie, and Allie and many other relatives and many friends.

 

Fred was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church with his wife Carol.


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Fred’s name to Stray Dog, a no kill shelter in Gun Barrell City, Texas.


Donations may be made to:

Stray Dog
PO Box 1465, Gun Barrell City TX 751472
Web: http://www.straydog.com/ways-to-donate.html


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