The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 5, 2012

Bettie Rae Bryant

Bettie Rae Wear Bryant, 81, of Athens and formerly of Locust Fork and Birmingham, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

Bettie Rae was born in Birmingham on October 25, 1930.

Services for Mrs. Bryant are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Visitation will be from noon until 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery with Steve Murrell officiating.  

She is survived by her adoring husband, Sammie Joe Bryant; brother, Donald A. Wear; children, Belinda Bryant and husband Wesley Duke, Joey Bryant and wife Karen, Mike Bryant and wife Marsha, Bethanne Crawford and husband Don and Pete Bryant and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Rachel Burks and husband Zack, Micah Bryant, Cara Bingham and husband Ben, Nicki Crawford, Anna Bryant, Dara Crawford, Gracie Bryant, Chase Crawford, Nathan Bryant and Sam Bryant; and great-grandchildren, Cole and Cannon Burks.

Bettie Rae married Sammie Joe Bryant in 1955 and spent 57 loving years in his arms. She and her family were faithful members of Huffman Church of Christ in Birmingham for over 30 years, and then she and her husband attended the churches at Selfville, and Eastside in Athens. She worked at Simon Williamson Clinic as an x-ray technician until her retirement. She loved her family dearly, and was very happy when she knew all would gather at the same place at the same time.

She never met a stranger nor failed to spread the gospel at any opportunity. Bettie Rae loved telling jokes and hearing people laugh. She often referred to her children as her “full house” – three kings and two queens. To her husband, she was “My Sweetheart,” to her children she was “The Example,” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren she was “Sweet Mimi,” and to all who knew her, you are blessed.

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