James L. Bryant
James (Jim) L. Bryant, 77, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his home. He was born April 14, 1935, in Altoona, Ala., to Jess and Hazel Kinsey Bryant.
Survivors are his wife, Sylvia Bryant; four sons, Larry (Terri) Bryant, of Malvern, Tommy (Lisa) Bryant, of Beebe, Rodney Bryant, of Hot Springs and Mitchell Shuffield Jr. (Vicky), of Hot Springs; six grandchildren, Courtney Lehman, of Slidell, La., Jessica Steele, of Benton, Lawson Bryant, of Fayetteville, Leslie Lewis, of Beebe, Ramsy Shuffield, of Los Angeles and Candice Shuffield, of Hot Springs; great-grandchildren, Savannah Lehman and Tanner Lehman, of Slidell, La. and recently born Harper Steele, of Benton; four brothers, Bill Bryant, of Mountain Home, Ernest Bryant, of Benton, Randy Bryant, of Hot Springs and Albert Bryant, of Benton; one sister, Uvadelle Penn and one aunt, Uva Breckling, of Hot Springs.
Jim retired from Allstate insurance after 25 years as an agent in Hot Springs. He later became a business owner in Westcliffe, Colo., where he made many friends.
Jim was proud of the civic work he did with the Hot Springs Jaycees and as a charter member of the Lake Hamilton Optimist Club helping build the athletic park behind Lake Hamilton School. Jim was a board member of the Kimzy water district to bring city water to areas west of Hot Springs.
He talked often of the times spent watching his sons participate in sports with Lake Hamilton School and was so proud of their accomplishments.
Jim never met a stranger and was always interested in the stories they had to tell. He was a strong man who lived life to the fullest. His happiest times were when he was flying his 182 plane. He spoke of the time he flew Lou Holtz, a new coach at Arkansas, to a speaking engagement at a Lake Hamilton sports banquet.
Celebration of Life gathering will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday in Brown Hall at the Quapaw Community Center at 500 Quapaw Ave.
Memorials have been designated to the Salvation Army.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Online condolences at http://www.hotspringsfh.com