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Gary Robert Bryant   I am a Veteran.
May 28, 1942  -  August 10, 2018

 

Gary Robert Bryant of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died on Friday August 10th 2018 at the age of 76. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Ada Jean Bryant, father Elbie Bryant, and his identical twin, Larry Edward Bryant. Gary and Larry were born in San Francisco after his parents moved to California for employment opportunities. Sadly, when the boys were only 4 years old, they lost their father to cancer — back to Arkansas they came. They were raised alone by their mother, Ada, who was a school teacher, and the twins grew up in Clarksville where they were a phenomenon commonly referred to as “The Brothers.”
Growing up in Clarksville, Gary and Larry were inseparable. They loved a good prank, a good tussle, and participating in sports and activities. Gary loved playing football and performing in water skiing and boat shows. He continued to love water sports and had a love of hunting. He spent every duck season he could with his lifelong friends on the Black River.
Gary was always a hard worker. He worked at the ice house and other jobs as a youth to help support his family, and also joined the National Guard. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of the Ozarks, he started a family in Texas with his first wife, Janice, having their son Todd, then moved back to Arkansas, where they had their daughter six years later. He worked primarily in the medical field as a sales representative for McKesson, Squibb, South Western Bell Yellow Pages and Novartis in the internal tube feeding division. Gary was a successful salesman, using his charisma, charm and sense of humor. Whether or not we all thought he was funny didn’t matter — the important thing is that he did. His professional accomplishments were acknowledged throughout his career and he won many awards.
Gary started a new and wonderful phase of his life when he found and married his second wife, Abby Arendt, to whom he was married for 31 years. He and Abby enjoyed spending time at their lake house in Hot Springs with their many friends and family in their early years, and later also loved to travel. Gary and Abby visited Branson, Missouri, and other places with their dog over the years, and they would take annual pilgrimages to Alabama, where they loved camping in their fifth wheel and eating good food. Gary was a people person and always looked forward to meeting new people and going to new places.
He is survived by his son and daughter: Todd Bryant of Owasso, Oklahoma, and his family; wife Irina, daughter Alexandra and stepdaughter Ulyana. Stephanie Pennington of Eads, Tennessee, and her family; husband Chris, sons Worth and Cadel.
Gary was lucky enough to have had two good women in his life to try and keep him straight, his wife, Abby Bryant of Hot Springs Village, and his previous wife, Janice Bryant, also of Hot Springs Village. His puppy dog Bandit mourns with us and misses his daddy. We will all miss you “Brother.”


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