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Henry “Tony” Cullen Bryant Jr.

February 26, 1951 - January 31, 2024

Henry “Tony” Cullen Bryant Jr. Henry “Tony” Cullen Bryant Jr.
    February 24, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 East Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois
  • Memorial Service
  • February 24, 2024 | 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 East Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois
  • Burial Location
Henry “Tony” Cullen Bryant Jr., 72, peacefully passed away on January 31st, 2024, with family by his side. He was born on February 26th, 1951, to Joyce (Cassada) Bryant and Henry C. Bryant Sr., in Franklin, North Carolina. Henry grew up in the Smoky Mountains and could be found hiking the Appalachian Trail or rafting the Nantahala River. He was a Franklin Panther, UNC Tar Heel, Army NCO, musician, linguist, missionary, educator, poet, historian, environmentalist, coin collector, and lover of literature. Henry earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Defense Language Institute, Appalachian Bible College, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Northern Illinois University. He traveled, lived, and worked in many countries around the world. He was cherished by his family and friends, and he leaves behind a lasting legacy. Henry wrote, “Love family, Love nature and Read widely. And just know to embrace every day, because the time passes all too quickly. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes – our lives are but a vapor. Cherish every moment.” Henry is survived by his wife, Gloria M. Gilmore; four children, Jennifer L. Bryant (Eric), Matthew C. Bryant (Corine), Joshua A. Bryant (Tamara), and John G. Dewinski (Stephanie); seven grandchildren, Kelsey L. Trombatore, Andrew C. Bryant, Alec K. Parthe, Ian S. Bryant, Marisa L. Bryant, Braelyn H. Bryant, and Tallulah J. S. Bryant; and two great-grandchildren, Adrianna E. Trombatore and Magdalena G. Maziarka. Funeral with military honors will be held at Yurs Funeral Home (405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174) on Saturday, February 24th, 2024. Visitation from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM; Funeral from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Henry’s charitable acts continue, so please consider donating to one of the following, National Park Service (, Native American Rights Fund (, or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (


Steve Plemens from Sun City , FL

"Tony and I grew up together. We were in first grade through high school as classmates! Our friendship was close and we were in the same cub scout pack. Prayers for the family during this trying time. May God bless and give you strength ✝️"

PatsyParker from Franklin , NC

"Tony and my oldest brother,David were best friends all thru school and went to church together ❤️. His mother and I were friends and she was so proud of Tony. Now they are together in heaven and I'll see them both one day. Prayers for ALL the family."

Pamela Bryant Bailey from Franklin , NC

"Tony was a great older cousin , I have great memories !! ❤️❤️❤️. On Roger's Hill !!!"

Jose and Aida Bahena from Carol Stream, IL

"Henry was our Wonderful Neighbor and he was loved by our whole family! He will be terribly missed! Rest in Peace Dear Henry 💕 Prayers for our dear neighbor Gloria and your families 🙏🏽💕"

Mike Healy from Maryville , TN

"We grew up together. Prayers for comfort for all those affected by this loss."

Sures Khatri from Euless, TX

"Dear Matt,My thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow following the loss of your Father. I would like to wish you comfort during this difficult time, and my deepest sympathies go to you and your family.May the soul of your father 'Henry “Tony” Cullen Bryant Jr.' rest in peace.Sures Khatri"

Zoey Cox from Addison, IL

"My deepest condolences"

Janet Jacobs Greene from Franklin , NC

"I grew up with Tony, from the Cradle Roll at First Baptist Church through elementary and high school. My love to his family and prayers for comfort in this time."

Charles Frazier from Asheville, NC

"My best friend Tony and I spent thousands of hours together working on summer and after-school jobs in high school. They were mostly hard work in tomato fields and putting up hay because neither of us wanted to spend a beautiful mountain summer indoors. At Chapel Hill we had countless meals together, classes together, and worked together in Wilson Library in the catalog department. We also spent countless hours hanging out in dorm rooms listening to The Doors and The Allman Brothers and solving all the political problems of the day. Tony was always ready for an adventure or a laugh, but he also took life seriously. The image I'll always have of him is driving away from a farm in the Cowee Valley at the end of a long day's work with blue mountains in the background, Tony in his red Triumph Spitfire convertible and me in my Corvair convertible, both of us lighting up five cent gas station cigars and pretending to smoke them just because we thought if was funny, The world seems like a smaller place without him in it."

Jim Casada from Rock Hill, SC

"Tony was a cousin although not one I knew well. However, I thought his mother, Joyce, one of the finest women imaginable--funny, devoted to family (and especially Tony), and an absolute pillar of the Casada family and its background. She spoke often and lovingly of Tony and he in turn was a rock of solid familial love to her. Until I read this obituary I had no idea some of our interests focused on the natural world dovetailed so closely. I regret not having had time to talk with him on such matters. Clearly he leaves a fine legacy, and hopefully that will sustain his loved ones in this time of sorrow."

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"My deepest condolences to you and your family."

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"Matt, Wishing you and your family comfort and peace during this difficult time. Special memories you made together will live on forever. May his soul rest in peace."

Glenn Davis from Jacksonville, FL

"Tony was my closest friend from 3rd to 8th grades. We discovered the first of many joys of life together - a life without care. We shared a chemistry set, a steam engine, electric circuits, microscopes, and telescopes. In the skies above the golf course after dark, we discovered moon, planets, and stars through those telescopes. At a Boy Scout camping trip to Nantahala Lake, we shared an A-frame tent. There were road trips to Sylva, and for shopping in the big city of Asheville. We climbed the trees outside my house, and then went inside to laugh at Homer & Jethro and The Smothers Brothers. We couldn't wait for the next issue of Mad Magazine, so we could laugh some more. I'll always remember the slot-car races we had - about equally matched there; but in softball he was a great hitter - far better than me. After 6th grade class one day, while walking to my house, I got us both in trouble, but Tony's mother rescued us (including Teddy) from the wrath of Mrs. Johnny Martin. After I left Franklin, I missed Tony terribly, but eventually lost contact. We reconnected about 9 years ago and corresponded frequently, especially in the last 2 years. Now I will miss him terribly once again. But I am so grateful that we *were* able to catch up on our lives. "do svidaniya vash khoroshiy brat"."

"SENSATIONS BAND" from Franklin, NC

"From the surviving Band Members, Larry Corbin, Jim Shepard, Lester Evans, RE Beck, Danny Ashe and Jim Gilbert. Larry spotted Tony in the Franklin HS Band and said "He is gonna be our sax player". So we used some money from our band fund and bought a new sax and took it over to his home and gave it to him. Later Tony said it was one of the happiest days of his life. Tony was the most talented member of the group who could change keys for us on the fly while we practiced the Motown sound in my dark and dank basement. We played our music all over Western NC, North Georgia and Tennessee and had some great fun on our road trips. Tony, we all think of you often and we will miss you dearly. RIP with Terry Waldroup and Jimmy Perry! We all will be joining you soon for a reunion."

Carolyn Davis from Carolstream , IL

"My condolences to the Bryant family and Gloria his wife. God's Blessings of Peace and Comfort that only our Father can provide. Will miss such a gentle man with a Big ❤ and a Wonderful neighbor."

Mac and Elaine McKinney from Naperville, , IL

"Gloria and I worked together and what a pleasure that was and because of that we became very good friends and because of that Henry entered into our lives by way of Gloria.Gloria thank you we enjoyed always seeing and being with you and Henry. May God bless and keep you."

Joel Gideon from Franklin, NC

"I met Tony thru His Mom Joyce And enjoyed hanging out with them both when he would come to visit. We called each other brother and eventually got to meet many in his family. Videos of his mom Singing hymns on her couch. Miss his mom and will miss him too. His family is mine as well. Prayers and love for you all. Joel and Ethan"

Dr. Peggy R. Huscusson from HAYESVILLE, NC

"Dear Family, I last heard from Tony on Dec 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm. He was quick to respond to the goofy ecards that I try to send near the Christmas Holidays. Tony's parents and my parents (Gene and June) were good friends. Tony and I attended First Baptist until my folks moved our family out to the country in Cartoogechaye Community. Later, we reconnected as freshmen at Franklin High School (FHS). One of my fondest memories is when Tony gave the nominating speech for me to be elected as VP of our FHS Junior Class. After reading his obituary, i understand that Tony must have lived the incredible and adventurous life that he deserved. Revel in his accolades, smile when you hear his name, and know how much that he was loved. And, always remember that Tony expects us to enjoy the many blessings bestowed on us every nano-second."

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