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Whit Criswell Bryan

December 21, 1920 to August 22, 2001

 

 

My Dad, Whit Criswell Bryan, loved a good joke, his family, and his friends.  He was born in Seymour, Texas on December 21, 1920 and was the youngest son of Redic Bryan and Myrtie Hairston Bryan.  He grew up poor, during the depression. Dad's mother died when he was six and he was eight years old when his father died. DeRay and Marie, Dad's older sisters, raised him in Borger, Texas, an oil boom town.  I believe that Dad had a sad, but interesting childhood. He always had a story to tell.  In 1940 he joined the Navy.  He was proud of his service in the Navy. A Chief Petty Officer (HMC), he was a veteran of three wars and a Pearl Harbor survivor. In 1967 he served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam.  He retired from the Navy in 1969 and worked twelve years as a Unit Coordinator for Norfolk General Hospital.  Dad married my mother, Elizabeth Davis, in 1955. Whit Criswell Bryan died on August 22, 2001. He was 80 years old.

 

Birth announcement for Whit Criswell Bryan in the Baylor County Banner on December 30, 1920. Whit was the seventh child of Myrtie and Redic Bryan

Whit and his mother in Seymour, Texas 1921

 

 

 

Whit Criswell Bryan 1924 - Age 4

  Whit with hat - age unknown  

 

 

Whit and his sisters Marie, DeRay, and Willa May and niece, Jackie

1943 Borger, TX

 

DeRay, Whit, and Marie in Virginia Beach

1959

 

 

 

Whit Criswell Bryan    Hawaii  1942

Click on the link below to see a summary of Whit's service during WWII at the

WWII Registry

Whit Criswell Bryan     1966  Camp LeJeune, NC

 

 

Dad on the day that he retired from the Navy in 1969

Dad and Diana

July 19, 1980

 

       

Dad and Rick

 June 3, 1978

Paul and Grandpa

Jason and Grandpa

Niki and Grandpa

 

 

Grandpa, Jason, William, and Emily - His 80th Birthday

Mom and Dad

 

 

Bryan Family Photographs

Page 1 - Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan and family

Page 2 - Terrell and Harriet Albritton Bryan and family

Page 3 - Redic and Johnie Myrtlene Hairston Bryan and family

Page 4 - Whit Criswell Bryan and family

Page 5 - Bryan - Martin Family of Bienville Parish

Page 6 - Bryan Family Cemetery Pictures

Page 7 - The family of Terrell Little "Bunch" Bryan and James D. Biggs

 

 

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