Alice Leota Edwards Bryant, 82, of Richmond, VA, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Greenville, NC, to Lennie Wardell and Dorothy Tyson Edwards, who predeceased her. She attended St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh and graduated from East Carolina University. After college, she taught math at Rose High School in Greenville, NC, Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, VA, and Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg, VA. She retired from teaching in 1996 and later worked for the 2000 Census. Everywhere she lived, she was an active church member, attending Haygood United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA, Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Bridgewater, VA, and Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Short Pump, VA. After living in Greenville, NC, Virginia Beach and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, she settled at Cedarfield Retirement Community in Richmond, VA. She traveled throughout the United States and Europe, enjoyed playing bridge, made beautiful quilts, volunteered at church and with the Girl Scouts, read voraciously, and adored her grandchildren.
For 46 happy years, she was married to Sherrill Miller Bryant, who predeceased her. She is survived by her two daughters, Dorothy (Dottie) B. Chilton and husband, Gil of Richmond, VA, and Susan B. Schuffenhauer and husband, Glenn of Decatur, GA; a daughter-in-law, Constanza Bryant of Bradenton Beach, FL; two brothers, Robert L. Edwards and wife Kathryn, of Winston-Salem, NC, and Raymond W. Edwards and wife Allyson, of Greenville, NC; sisters-in-law Gaye Bryant of Goldsboro, NC, and Juanita Bryant of Raleigh, NC; six grandchildren, Catherine, Matthew, and Sarah Chilton and Anna, Carson, and Rhoen Schuffenhauer; many beloved nieces and nephews; and high school sweetheart and golden years boyfriend Tom “Nick” Nichols. She was preceded in death by her son, Hugh Wardell Bryant; sisters-in-law Ruth B. Spainhour, Irene B. Stinson, Ann B. Shaw, Roselyn B. Smith; and brothers-in-law Frank Bryant and Herb Bryant.
Given the current COVID surge, a memorial service will be held at a later date in Richmond, VA.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) (Click here to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF)
or mail a check to: JDRF Georgia and South Carolina Chapter, 3525 Piedmont Road N.E., Building 5, Suite 120, Atlanta, Georgia 30305