Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the First United Methodist Church for Dr. Joe F. Bryant, 78, of Lebanon. Born in 1932, Dr. Bryant died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011at his residence following an extended illness.
Visitation will be held 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday and 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Visitation 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 until funeral services at 1 p.m. at Lebanons First United Methodist Church.
Services will be conducted by Brother Donald Owens, Bishop Robert Spain, Brother Maurice Moore, Brother Ed Blackburn, Brother Delwyn Fryer and Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Raised in Newbern, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin. He continued his education at the University of Tennessee - Memphis where he graduated from Medical School in 1955.
He owned a family practice in Lebanon and performed general surgery at University Medical Center. Dr. Bryant owned and managed a local television station. He was named the Tennessee Outstanding Young Man of 1965 by the United States Jaycees and was a recipient of Cumberland University's Phoenix Award. He formerly served as Chairman of CU's Board of Trust.
Dr. Bryant is survived by his wife Pat, daughter Laura (Kirk) Honeyman and son Frank Bryant.
Check the Wednesday, Oct. 12 print edition of The Wilson Post for complete details.
Cumberland returner James McClain was named the NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week after returning the opening kickoff of the second half 92 yards for a touchdown in CUs 21-17 victory last Saturday at 22nd-ranked Shorter University.
It was the first special teams touchdown of McClains career and the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Bulldog since DaJuan Mannings 90-yard return against Kentucky Christian on November 7, 2009. McClains score gave the Bulldogs the lead for good and Adrian Baker added a two-yard TD run less than four minutes later for CUs final points in the contest.
He was also named Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Monday.
It marks the second NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week honor during McClains career. The Nashville native posted 315 all-purpose yards at Belhaven University on October 26, 2008, including 70- and 58-yard touchdown receptions and 18- and seven-yard TD runs. He also returned five kicks for 98 yards in that contest.
Cumberland hosts Faulkner University this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.