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Dr. Joe F. Bryant, 78

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He owned a family practice in Lebanon and performed general surgery at University Medical Center. Dr. Bryant was owner and president of WJFB Television and for many years hosted a morning news and commentary show.

He was named the Tennessee Outstanding Young Man of 1965 by the United States Jaycees and was a recipient of Cumberland Universitys Phoenix Award.

He formerly served as Chairman of CUs Board of Trust where he was instrumental in relocating the Rudy School of Nursing from the Cumberland campus to the McFarland Hospital campus as well as spearheading a drive to retire the Universitys debt.

He came to Lebanon in 1963 setting up practice at McFarland Hospital. He was also on staff with Nashville Memorial Hospital, Martha Gaston Hospital, Doctors Hospital in Smithville and was one of five doctors who started the original Donelson Hospital.

In 1965 he joined a government sponsored program, Project Vietnam, and spent three months as a volunteer surgeon in DaNang, South Vietnam.

In 1967 he flew to Cape Town, South Africa to see the first heart transplant patient and to meet the surgeon, Dr. Christian Bernard.

He has written A History of U.T. Memphis: John Gaston residents of 1918-1963. Dr. Bryant enjoyed serving as team doctor for many Wilson County Schools and Cumberland University.

He and his family were supporters of the Nashville Symphony as well as the Music Department of Cumberland University.

Dr. Bryant closed his medical practice and retired on May 31, 2011, 56 years after graduating from medical school.

Through the Joe F. Bryant Living Trust a chapel is being built on the grounds of Lebanons First United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 12 between the hours of 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and between the hours of 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Fridays visitation begins at 11 a.m. at Lebanons First United Methodist Church and will continue until the 1 p.m. service.

Funeral 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.

Survivors include: his wife of 58 years Pat Bryant of Lebanon; son Frank A. Bryant of Nashville; daughter Laura (Kirk) Honeyman of Lebanon; grandchildren Patricia Bryant Zimmermann of Hermitage, William Joseph Bryant of Lebanon and Kody Honeyman of Lebanon; brother Charles (Mildred) Bryant of Camden.

He is preceded in death by his parents Rueben and Minnie Rogers Bryant; siblings Dora Deane Bryant, Jane Bryant Bledsoe and Dr. William O. Bryant.

Active pallbearers: Frank Bryant, William Bryant, Kirk Honeyman, Kody Honeyman, Brian Zimmermann, Tommy Knowles and Eddie Oliver. Honorary: special friends and colleagues.

Memorials may be made in memory of Dr. Bryant to the Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing, Cumberland University.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

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