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Bryant, William K.

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October 18, 1933 - August 7, 2016

Bryant, William K.

Bryant, William Kendall
October 18, 1933 – August 7, 2016

What a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Bill leaves behind a loving and supportive family: his wife of 60 years, Margot, his daughters Stacy (Richard Henderson), grandchildren, Kendall, Zoe and Will Papathanasiou, Scott, Taylor, Richard, Ty and James Henderson; and Bentley, grandchildren Bethany (Joe Monroe), Robyn, great-grandchildren Sawyer and Zachary, and Lily the Dog.

Aside from being the best family man anyone could ask for, Bill was a paint contractor for four decades bringing beauty to his clients’ homes and putting pride in everything he touched. Over the years, he developed trusting relationships with each of his clients – who meant so much to him. He was a gifted craftsman. It was once said, “Oh don’t worry about that, my dad can fix it…he can fix anything!”  And he could.

He was a lover of nature & sunrises, a true Longhorn fan, made the best waffles, and had a priceless sense of humor and a smile that brought so much happiness to the people around him.  Bill was a thinker, a listener, a surveyor of the scene.  Although he was never too much of a conversationalist in group settings, every one-on-one conversation shared with him held great value.  Largely anecdotal, (we loved hearing that he rode his horse, Ginger, to grade school, or that his first car was a Model T Ford or that he and Margot traveled Europe during his time in the Army), conversation was always peppered with good morals and “you can do anything” vibes.  He leaves behind a memory of a man who expressed uninhibited Spirit, steadfast Truth, and wholehearted Love.

Throughout his life, Bill maintained his love of Christian Science. He was an active member of the Christian Science church for over 40 years where he served in many different capacities.

In a letter one of his grandchildren wrote to him, which all of the others would surely agree with, she wrote: “Boppy, you are, and always will be, the strongest, funniest, smartest, handiest, hungriest (can’t forget that one), and most supportive grandfather anyone could ever ask for and I love you very dearly.”

At his request, no services will be held, but if any memorials are made on his behalf, he would have loved for them to go either The Leaves, a Christian Science Nursing Facility (1230 W. Spring Valley Road, Richardson, Texas 75080), Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist (5655 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75220), or First Church of Christ, Scientist Reading Room (1930 N. Coit Rd #120, Richardson, Texas 75080).

You will be missed by all the hearts you have touched.

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Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Betty and Norris Johnson

August 25, 2016 7:55PM

Bill's smile was contagious. We thought of him as someone who truly loved God's creation with animals, birds, fish, wildlife and most of all people.Those creatures surely will miss him too. We are grateful we knew Bill and he will be missed as a friend. RIP Bill. We love you.
Norris and Betty Johnson


Allen Couch

August 17, 2016 8:08AM

I am a neighbor of Bill and Margot's on Forest Hills. Bill is the kind of guy that make neighborhoods great. As he was walking Lily, I would often stop him and talk about how the heck I could get my lawn to look as nice as his. Bill was always smiling and had such a cool temperament. I really enjoyed our conversations and the insight that he provided to me about life. To all his family and friends, please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of Bill. I could only hope to be half the man he was and will remember him by trying to better my character as a husband and father.


Maryleeann & Richard Bryan

August 15, 2016 4:45PM

Bill was as likeable a person as we have ever known. We are proud to have called him a friend.
Margot (never knew about that t), we hurt for you and the kids and hope that you have a quick recovery from the grief. Come see us if you can.


Ruth Ann Elmore

August 15, 2016 4:09PM

One of my favorite daddies! Such a big part of my childhood. So many memories. You will be missed, Mr. Bryant. Hugs to Stacy and Bentley and special love to Mrs. Bryant.


Ellen Felton Speranza

August 15, 2016 10:56AM

Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Ellen and Joe


Susan Harrison

August 15, 2016 9:17AM

Bill was a true southern gentleman - kind, caring, trustworthy. He was also a man with a wonderfully warm smile. He was our family (parents, aunts/uncles, mine) painter for over 30 years. He was everything said about him here.

My condolences go to his wife and family.


John & Lorraine gurun

August 14, 2016 9:12PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Margo.

Bill was a wonderful person!


patrick Roberts

August 14, 2016 9:11PM

I went to high school with Billy and I was always jealous of him because he was a nice person and so popular. Pat Roberts


Georgia & Bob Nelson

August 14, 2016 8:30PM

I agree with everything aid abut Bill. I don't think I ever saw him angry and upset with anyone. He was one in a million. Margot, we send our love and hugs. I know he will be missed by his wonderful family, and many, many friends. I feel honored to have known him. Love to you


Jim and Judy Vandermeer

August 14, 2016 5:59PM

Bill was so dear to us and our children. He was our friend,painter and handyman for over 25-30 Years.We were blessed to have known him. May you,Margo, and children all know God's peace and comfort. Blessings,
the Vandermeers

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Stan and Susan

August 14, 2016 3:43PM

Dear Margot and family,
Bill was such a nice man in the truest sense. He had the most wonderful smile and gentle nature. We
will miss our "hand and foot" buddy.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. Stan and Susan


John & Lorraine Gurun

August 14, 2016 11:03AM

We add our voices of the many others who said Bill was a wonderful man.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Margo and family.