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OBIT: Mr. Loften “Monk” Bryant, Age 81 Of New Middleton

Mr. Loften “Monk” Bryant

Mr. Loften “Monk” Bryant age 81of the New Middleton Community died at 12:40 a.m. Saturday morning April 28, 2018 shortly after arrival at the River Regional Medical Center in Carthage after becoming gravely ill at his Gills Branch Lane home.

Private graveside services and interment were conducted from the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

One of two sons, he was born Loften Smith Bryant in Knoxville on December 10, 1936 and was the son of the late Charlie Burton Bryant who died at the age of 57 on December 27, 1968 and Georgia Harris Bryant who died at the age of 44 on February 17, 1952.

In Lebanon on September 30, 1955 he was united in marriage to Lancaster Community native the former Lavona Grisham.

They were preceded in death by a son, Lofton Smith Bryant Jr., who died at the age of 28 along with three other people in an auto accident in the Elmwood Community on January 31, 1986.

A brother, Charles Burton “Chalkeye” Bryant died March 24, 2011 at the age of 71.

Mr. Bryant attended Smith County High School and received his General Education Degree.

He was saved at an early age and was first a member of the Carthage First Baptist before transferring by letter to the Macedonia Baptist Church in the New Middleton Community where he remained a member until death.

Mr. Bryant retired from the Avco Corporation in Nashville with twenty years of service and formerly worked at the Douglas Aircraft Corporation in Carthage before beginning employment at Avco.

After retiring he worked for the County of Smith several years at the New Middleton Convenience Center.

Surviving in addition to his wife of almost sixty three years is a daughter, Polly Bryant of the New Middleton Community; son, Van Robert Bryant of Carthage; sisters-in-law, Bobbie Grisham of Carthage and Darlene Moreland Bryant of Arnold, Maryland; four grandchildren, Felicia Weston and husband Jeremy of LaGrange, Georgia, Van Robert Bryant and wife Jessica of Nashville, Megan Malone and husband Dustin of the New Middleton Community, Minda Grover and husband Zachary of Carthage; four great-grandchildren, Loften and Raylon Weston, Jackson and Savannah Malone.