WILLIAM CASWELL BRYANT, BORN NOVEMBER 12, 1918, IN MAMBRINO, TEXAS
MINNIE EVELYN (GAINES) BRYANT, BORN SEPT 1, 1917 IN TULIA, TEXAS
- LANNY WAYNE BRYANT
BORN FEB 5 ,1939
IN AMARILLO ,TEXAS
MARRIED JULY 23 ,1960
IN TACOMA , WASHINGYON
- LADY RUSS
- BORN SEP. 26 1944
- IN FORTWORTH, TX
- MARRIED FEB 4,1977
- IN MISSOULA, MT
- WILLIAM CASWELL BRYANT- December 2007- Age 89
William Caswell Bryant
November 12, 1918 - January 2008
Seventh born of nine children born to William Andrew and Melissa Belle (Purselly) Bryant.
- LOMA JAUNITA MAIRRIED TO HAYWORTH
- BORN SEPT, 16, 1901 - The News This Year
DIED JAN. 7, 1990 - The News This Year
- SONNIE CONRAD DIED SEPT , 1968 PHOENIX, AR--NICK NAME BUD
- BORN MAR. 14, 1903 - The News This Year
DIED MAY 9, 1968 - The News This Year
- VERNON ANDREW BORN SEPT 2, 1907 HOOD COUNTY, TX DIED APR 28, 1933
- BORN SEPT. 2, 1907 - The News This Year
DIED APRIL 28, 1933 - The News This Year
- DOYLE AUBRY DIED MAY 9 1981 ARTESIA, CA -(SOUTHERN BAPTIST MINISTER)
- BORN JULY 22, 1909 - The News This Year
DIED MAY 9, 1981 - The News This Year
- ALPHA COLETTA MARRIED TO YOUNG, BALL, TAYLOR, BUCK
- BORN APR. 24, 1918 - The News This Year
DIED JUNE 11, 1993 - The News This Year
- BORN SEPT.12,1916 IN GRANBURY, TEXAS - The News This Year
MARRIED MAY 25, 1935 IN CLOVIS, N.M. - The News This Year
DIED OCTOBER. 26, 1995 - The News This Year
BURIED RIVERSIDE, CALIF.
- WILLIAM CASWELL BRYANT
- MARRIED JAN. 16, 1938 IN PLAINVIEW ,TEXAS - The News This Year
- DIED JAN. 13, 2008
BURIED MISSOULA, MT
- BORN JAN 21,1923 - The News This Year
.DIED MAR 3 1923
BURIED BOVINA, TX
- BORN JAN 21, 1923 - The News This Year
DIED FEB 25 1923
BURIED BOVINA , TESAS.
William Caswell Bryant was born in Hood County Texas, in Mambrino Community, out from Granbury, Texas, which is the county seat of Hood County.
W.C.'s parents moved from Hood County to Parmer County in West Texas, first living in Oklahoma Lane, Texas, then moving to Farwell Texas in 1925. There he attended his first year in grade school. In May of 1932 his parents moved to Bovina, Texas.
W.C. graduated from Bovina High School in May 1937 and enrolled in Wayland Baptist College, Plainview Texas, in September of 1937.
W.C. married Evelyn Gaines, his high school sweetheart on January 16, 1938 in Plainview, Texas. After W.C.'s father went to where Evelyn was attending nursing school in Amarillo, Texas, and proposed marriage to Evelyn in his behalf. She accepted and W.C and friends when to get her. She crawled out the second story window of the school, as a close friend of W.C.'s held the ladder, while he waited in the car. They had a double wedding with the other couple, Truett and Lavelle Stovall. They finished that school year as students at Wayland College. In April 1939 the First Baptist Church of Shamrock, Texas called W.C. to serve (short term) as music director, from April to July. In July W.C.'s brother Doyle Bryant, pastor of a Baptist Church in the state of Minnesota urged him to come and assist him in his church. They borded a Greyhound Bus in July for Medilia, Minneosta. During that time they discovered they were to become parents. In November of 1938 they returned to Amarillo, Texas where W.C. was called to serve the Pierce Street Baptist Church as youth and choir director. On February 5th, 1939, their son Lanny Wayne was born. In November 1939 the First Baptist Church in Quail, Texas called W.C. to serve as their pastor, where they lived until January 1940, when he decided to enroll in Howard Payne Baptist University in Brownwood, Texas. He attended for one semester. That summer they moved back to Quail, Texas. In September 1940 they moved to Abilene, Texas where W.C. enrolled in Hardin Simmons University. During this period of time and while a student he served as pastor of the following churches: First Baptist Church, Martin, Texas; First Baptist, Magic City, Texas; First Baptist, Chalk, Texas. These were small country churches who had worship services once or twice a month.
In 1941 the Westbrook Baptist Church, called W.C. as their pastor. This was the first full-time pastorate. He served as their pastor until graduating from Hardin Simmons University in 1943 with a BA Degree. All during this time from 1941-43 they lived in Abilene during the fall and spring semesters and Westbrook during the summer months.
In the fall of 1943 they moved to Fort Worth, Texas and he enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. These were the World War II years and the country was focused on winning the war and having our men and women come home. The military had first priority over the non-military and housing was difficult to find. They ended up living in a trailer house until a seminary apartment became available. In the summer of 1943 they moved into an apartment. In January of 1944 they found that they were to have another addition to the family in September. Lady Roberta made her appearance on September 26, 1944. Also in September W.C. was called to become pastor of the First Baptist Church, Lometa, Texas. W.C. drove back and forth between Fort Worth for school during the week and back to Lometa on the weekends to pastor. This continued until he graduated from the seminary in May 1946 with a Masters of Religious Education Degree. In June 1946 W.C. was called to pastor the Oak Street Baptist Church in Colorado City, Texas, where he was pastor for one year from until May 1947.
Evelyn stated: We are filled with thanksgiving to our Lord and to the numerous christian people in small churches where W.C. pastored that gave us spiritual support through their prayers and patience during the years that we were preparing to minister to others. We have not, nor will we ever forget. God has been gracious.
W.C. resigned the church in Colorado City, Texas and they moved to Amarillo, not knowing what God had in mind for their future. W.C. only asked God to reveal His will for he desired to start a new church. Three things he asked God for: One, a location or lot upon which to build; Two, a meeting place; Three, a place to live. All three looked impossible. The phone rang, Mr. Ben Ratliff said he had located a lot at 33rd and Van Buren, in Amarillo, and was willing to advance the money to purchase it.
W.C.'s sister and her husband, Loma and Roy Hayworth, were told about the possibilities of having a lot and with enthusiasm they asked for the privilege of sharing their home as a meeting place. A place to live was next, God opened that door.
On May 21, 1947 the church was organized with 13 charter members. January 11, 1948, ground breaking ceremonies were held. In September 1948, they moved to the present location, meeting in a detention ward purchased from the Pampa, Texas air force base. Sunday school attendance at the point was over 200.
In June 1950 they broke ground for a new building, providing an auditorium with 800 seating capacity. December 10th, 1950 they moved into the new building. The Sunday school enrollment was 955 at that time. The membership continued to grow and they had plans then to live in Amarillo Texas for the rest of their lives. But the Lord had other plans for them.
W.C.'s brother, Doyle, who was a Baptist minister in Denver, Colorado informed W.C. of the need to extend Southern Baptist work into the state of Colorado. Encouragement also came from a couple who lived in Colorado Springs, Vivian and Rozella Glen. W.C. decided to drive to Colorado Springs and investigate the situation. Before they returned home they knew through the leadership of the Lord they would be ministering there.
On February 5, 1952, Lanny's 13th birthday, they arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to be greeted by 35 people who had already organized a Southern Baptist Church and had named it "Faith Baptist Church." The name was later changed to First Southern Baptist Church and was the second southern baptist church to be organized in the state of Colorado. Places of meeting until a permanent building could be built was a two-story residence they also lived in and Carpenter's Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. A beautiful building was erected at a later date and is still in use today. The membership starting in 1952 with 35 members increased in four and one-half years to 2,700.
In May 1955, W.C. received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Wayland College because of his pioneering spirit in the development of the work in the southwest with results that were far reaching and can never be measured. In eight years he organized and pastored the Temple Baptist Church in Amarillo Texas. He organized and pastored the First Southern Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which in turn organized four missions that later became independent churches. He encouraged and assisted in the organization of most of the 56 Southern Baptist Churches in the state of Colorado. He served as moderator of the Pikes Peak Association and as vice president of the Arizona State Convention, which was the sponsoring association for the Colorado area.
Truett Stovall, a long-time friend during W.C.'s college years and now pastor of a church in Orange County, California recommended W.C. to the Orange County Southern Baptist Association as a Superintendent of Missions. W.C. accepted the position and we made a move from Colorado Springs, to Garden Grove, California in June of 1959. During that period of time W.C. served as Western Director of Baptist Church Loan Corporation. His responsibility was to help build churches in this area.
The First Baptist Church of Norwalk, California, called W.C. as pastor during that period of time. During his 21 year stay there he: Built Norwalk Christian Towers, a low income housing for seniors, an eleven story high rise, with 186 apartments at a cost of 3 and a half million dollars; Started a bus ministry with eleven routes that averaged bringing in 500 persons per week; Employed an excellent staff including: Educational Director, Youth Director, Children's Director and two Directors for Norwalk Christian Towers, three secretaries, bus Director, Music Director; started Korean Mission and a Spanish Church; purchased sixteen houses and two business places within the church perimeter for extension purposes in the future.
W.C. was pastor of Brookhurst Baptist Church, Anaheim California until he retired in 1993. He and Evelyn moved to Missoula, Montana upon retirement to be close to family and have remained here until present time.
This is only a small part of the life of W.C. and Evelyn Bryant. W.C.s first love was God and preaching His word. His second love was Evelyn and his children. Evelyn's devotion as a preachers wife and mother helped him fulfill his role and has blessed all of our lives. Their love for God has had an effect on every life they have come into contact and the influence they have had on their family and friends will go on for generations.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. - 1 John 3:16
Dad an moms 70th wedding annirversary is January 16, 2008. This is a poem Dad wrote to mom when mom ask if he was tired of her.
When you asked me yesterday, my love, if I had tired of thee,
I searched by wavering heart to see if such a thing could be.
I thought of precious hours, dear, when love was young and free,
Of glowing hearts, and youthful dreams, what gleeful revelry.
The years have gone, but not one day was lost except in love and
Can you imagine, precious one, that such as I could tire, of one
Whose every breath is drawn alone for my desire.
Whose hands and feet and heart and mind work only for my care,
And in the midst of every woe my heavy burdens share.
Do you suppose the earth could tire of God's bright shining sun,
Which gives it light and life and night from which its' glories' spun?
Can lovers tire of moon beam rays that cast their gentle glow,
Reflecting loves adoring gleam from eyes true lovers know?
Can laughter tire of a peaceful heart that buckles it to glee?
Then could a song be tired, my love, of precious harmony?
If earth and lovers, kings and song could tire if such could be
My precious love, my life, my queen, then I am tired of thee.
W. C. Bryant