Sylvania, GA – Paul Curtis Bryan, age 74, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, GA. He was born in Cleveland, GA to the late John Carson & Rachel Ferguson Bryan. He grew up in Dahlonega, GA and was a world traveler. He worked many jobs including: Retired County Administrator (Jefferson, White, and Screven Counties), State Prison Warden, Head of Security on the Alaskan Pipeline, worker on President Nixon’s presidential campaign, involved in Alaskan politics and participated in Alaska’s vote to statehood, completed one tour in Vietnam and a total 9 years of Army service. He was also a member of the Screven County Library Board and the Screven County Tax Assessors Board as well as a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church #2 in Dahlonega, GA. Paul was an avid student of historical research and an amateur Genealogist. He also enjoyed coin and stamp collecting and had a life-long love of reading, learning and education. Paul’s life motto was, “Do the right thing, for the right reason”. Paul believed in the educational advancement of all people and was a champion for equal rights. Paul had a deep and abiding love for his four grandsons and family, and he loved the Lord. He was, and is, so loved and treasured by his family and will be greatly missed. He is also preceded in death by his Sister: Marsha Bryan Chandler.
Survivors: Wife: Deborah Parker-Bryan of Sylvania; Daughter and Son-In-Law: Erika Thompson & Marley Hagerstrom of Naples, FL; Son and Daughter-In-Law: Heath & Heather Thompson of Sylvania; Brother and Sister-In-Law: Terry & Linda Bryan of Anchorage, AK; Honorary Sister: Connie M. Roe; Aunt: Marie Ferguson of Cleveland, GA; Mother-In-Law: Barbara P. Lambert of Sylvania; Brother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law: Jerry & Patricia Parker of Sylvania; Grandchildren: Nathaniel Thompson, Parker Thompson, Riley Jacob Hagerstrom and Wyatt Samuel Hagerstrom; Nephew: Jonathan & Jeannine C. Bryan; Great Nephew: Alexander Bryan and Andrew Bryan; Numerous Cousins.
Visitation: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM until 8:00 P.M at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Baptist Church #2, 60 Mt. Zion Church Road, Murrayville, GA 30526 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bonnie Wells, William Rabun, Mickey Moses, Gonice Davis, Carolyn Gibson, Mel Gibson, James McCauley, Kathryn Youles, Jimmy Griner, Jerry Parker, Rick Jordan, Mike Ferguson and Mike Kile.
Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. www.thompsonstricklandwaters.com
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