Roy Woodie Bryant of Lynchburg, formerly of Indian Rock, Va., answered God’s call and earned his wings on Friday, January 21, 2022, at the Salem VA Medical Hospital.
He was born to the late Earnest L. Bryant and Grace R.D. Bryant Anderson. He served his country honorably in the U.S Army during World War II. Later he worked as a Ferry Driver transporting vehicles from one side of the James River, between Indian Rock and Arcadia. Woodie ended his work career with Dr. Guy Alphin on the farm. Woodie was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved watching NASCAR racing, Pro Wrestling and Western TV shows.
Woodie met and married the love of his life, the late Ella Evelyn Woolfolk Bryant. They were devoted to one another for 56 years, until her death in 2003. They lovingly raised their niece Rose (Cobbs) Barnes from an early age, and a nephew Daryl Williams. He joined the Indian Rock Baptist Church at an early age and was baptized in Greyledge Creek and was later under the Watch Care of St. Paul Baptist Church, Forest, Va. (the Rev. Dr. Harland Brown).
He was preceded in death by seven siblings: Hortense Burrell, Billy Bryant, Benny Bryant, Larry Bryant, Dickie Anderson, Catherine T. (Anderson) Hood, and Gloria Douglas.
He’s survived by two siblings, Mary Emma Bryant of Milwaukee, Wis., and Norvel (Vera) of Roanoke; a very devoted niece Rose (Eric) Barnes of Alexandria; a special niece, Bertha Williams of Bedford; and three special nephews: Donovan Anderson and Mark Anderson of Roanoke, and Stacey Anderson of Falls Church, Va.; two special cousins, Irene Bannister of Indian Rock and Dion Burrell of Roanoke; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Special thanks and appreciation to the entire medical staff of 4H and ICU 3 of the Salem VA Hospital for all their tender care of during Mr. Bryant’s stay in their facility.