Alpha Wilbur Bryan
Ethel Elena Wheatley
Joseph Henry Clay Bryan
(1902-2000)

 

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1. Florence Elizabeth Elliott

Joseph Henry Clay Bryan

  • Born: 19 Dec 1902, Reliance, MD 1
  • Marriage (1): Florence Elizabeth Elliott on 15 Jan 1922 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE 1
  • Died: 02 Jan 2000, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE
  • Buried: 06 Jan 2000, Bethel UM Church, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE

  

"Uncle Joe" Bryan attended the Elliott Family Reunion in Kennett Square, PA on May 9, 1998.

Joseph H.C. BRYAN

Joseph H.C. Bryan Age 97, of Lewes, DE, died January 2, 2000 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE. Mr. Bryan retired in 1964 after 32 1/2 years as a plant supervisor for Continental Can Company. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and the Grand Lodge #1 IOOF, Wilmington, DE. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence Elliott Bryan in 1997. He is survived by his daughter, Thelma Brown of Lewes; 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church, W. 4th St., Lewes, DE where friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to services. Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Savannah Road, Lewes, DE. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Bethel United Methodist Church, Sound System Fund, Lewes, DE. Arrangements by PARSELL FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORIUM, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.

'Joe' died January 2, 2000 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE. He was born to the late Alpha Wilbur Bryan of Seaford and Ethel Elena Wheatley Bryan of Wilmington. He had three sisters, Minnie Carter Scott, Mildred Elizabeth Fisher, and Fannie Alverta Hayman. Mr. Bryan retired in 1964 after 32 1/2 years as a plant supervisor for Continental Can Company (Crown Cork and Seal). He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and the Grand Lodge #1 IOOF, Wilmington, DE. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence Elizabeth Elliott Bryan, who he married January 15,1922 and his eldest daughter Anna Louise Charles both in 1997. He is survived by his daughter, Thelma E. Brown of Lewes; 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

In his younger years Joe was a bowler, hunter, golfer and he also enjoyed fishing and working in his wood shop. Upon his retirement he and his wife moved from Wilmington to Lewes. He was often heard to say "his greatest fun was the time he spent with his grandchildren". He taught them to crab, fish, clam and swim. He was a handy-man and continually updated and improve the home he provided for his family. He loved to tease his loved ones and tell stories to entertain. Probably the saddest thing in his life was his loss of hearing, as he missed so much, being the social person he was. Even when he developed cancer he took it in stride and lived a full independent life until his stroke which was his downfall.


Joseph married Florence Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of Samuel Webb Elliott and Martha Elizabeth Smack, on 15 Jan 1922 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.1 (Florence Elizabeth Elliott was born on 17 Nov 1903 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE,2 3 died on 15 Feb 1997 in Lewes, Sussex Co., DE 1 and was buried about 17 Feb 1997 in Bethel Cemetery, Lewes, Sussex Co., DE.)


Sources


1 Elliott Family Reunion - 5/9/1998 in Kennett Square, PA at the home of Harold and Maude (Elliott) Unruh. This information comes from conversations there.

2 1920 DE Census, Listed as Florence E. Elliott, age 16, in Wilmington Ward 9, New Castle Co., DE.

3 1910 DE Census, Listed as age 6 in Wilmington Ward 9, New Castle Co.


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