Mr. Lawrence Lee Bryan passed away peacefully at UAB hospital in Birmingham Alabama on January 8, 2022.
A private, family service will be held January 22, 2022, at Summerville United Methodist Church in Phenix City, Alabama due to COVID concerns. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Phenix City with Vance Brooks Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Bryan, son of the late Cary and Thelma Bryan, was born February 1, 1932, in Union Springs, Alabama. He graduated from Union Springs High School in 1950. Upon graduating high school, Mr. Bryan earned his degree in pharmacy from Auburn University (then known as the Alabama Polytechnic Institute) in 1954. Throughout his life, Mr. Bryan was an avid Auburn University advocate and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
After graduating from API, Mr. Bryan served as an army medic in Germany and thereafter, began his career as a pharmacist in Eufaula, Alabama. It was there where he met his future wife, Emma Frances Bullen and the two were married in 1958. After marriage, the newlyweds moved to Phenix City, Alabama where Mr. Bryan opened his own independent pharmacy, Sherwood Pharmacy. The original store was on Fourth Avenue and later moved to Summerville Road where it remained for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan were blessed with two girls, Nancy, and Mary Frances, who were his pride and joy. He was an active member of Summerville United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities.
Along with Norman Davis, a mentee and fellow pharmacist, he opened Davis Drugs in Columbus, GA. In 1978, the pair opened Medical Park Pharmacy near Cobb Memorial Hospital. After closing Sherwood Pharmacy in 1989, Mr. Bryan worked at Medical Park Pharmacy until his retirement in 1997. In all he practiced for almost 50 years and during this time, he became known as “Mr. B.” He was well-loved by his employees as well as his customers, often opening his store after-hours for those in need. Mr. Bryan enjoyed spending time with and caring for his beloved Frances, traveling and working in his picturesque yard. He was an excellent conversationalist, lover of books and the ultimate family man.
Mr. Bryan is preceded in death by his father, Cary Bryan, his mother, Thelma Bryan, his brother, Earnest Cary Bryan, his sister, Martha Jean Bryan Mattox, and his beloved wife, Frances Bullen Bryan.
Mr. Bryan is survived by his daughters, Nancy (John) Bryan Woods of Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Mary Frances (Jim) Bryan Kelley of Andalusia, Alabama; five grandchildren, Matt Woods (Amanda), Maggie Woods Serota (Blake), Carly Woods Morgan (Bo), Emily Kelley Moore (Jackson) and Parker Kelley; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to Summerville United Methodist Church, 1201 32nd Street,
Phenix City, Alabama 36867, or Alabama Public Television, 2112 11th Ave South, Suite 400, Birmingham, AL 35205.