George Bryant Jr. Retired master sergeant


Graveside services for George A. Bryant Jr., a retired U.S. Army master sergeant who was a training officer for state agencies, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Mr. Bryant, who was 57 and lived in Severn, died Friday at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington after a short illness.

With the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for several months, he earlier worked for the State Highway Administration for about two years.

He retired in 1977 from the Army after 26 years of service. His decorations included a Purple Heart he received during the Korean War.

After his retirement, he worked in the late 1970s as a civilian employee at an armed forces induction station near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and at the same time operated an Odenton gift shop, Pandora's Box.

Born in Somerville, Mass., he earned a bachelor's degree in business from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., and a master's degree from Central Michigan University.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Barbara Smith; two sons, George A. Bryant III of Glen Burnie and Robert J. Bryant of Severn; his father, George A. Bryant Sr. of Hyannis, Mass.; a sister, Joanne Yeomans of Iredell, Texas; and a granddaughter.

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