James Lee Bryan, age 84, of Antioch Road, Mountain City, Tennessee, and a native and former resident of the Vilas community, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Watauga Medical Center. Born December 3, 1936 in Watauga County, he was a son of Frank and Florence Anderson Bryan. Lee was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the Silver Stone community. He worked most of his life as a carpenter for various construction companies. Family was the most important part of his life. He enjoyed any outdoor activity, especially fishing and hunting, and played in baseball and softball tournaments until he was well into his 60's.
Mr. Bryan is survived by his daughter, Robin Bryan Toohey and husband, John, of Charlotte; sons, Bobby Bryan and Jamie Bryan, both of Mountain City, TN; granddaughter, Samantha Toohey of Charlotte, grandson, Geoffrey Toohey and wife, Alyssia, and great-grandson, Rowan Toohey, all of Mooresville; and brother, Lewis Bryan and wife, Peggy, of Forest Hills, VA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Isaacs Bryan; sister, Faye Bryan; and brother, Nathan Bryan.
A Celebration of Life service for James Lee Bryan will be conducted Friday afternoon, September 17, 2021 at 4 o'clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel.
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