Master Sergeant Bradley "Bubba" S. Bryan, age 48, of Kempner passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer at his residence with his family at his side.
Bradley was born June 21, 1961 in Houston, Texas to Jon Bryan and Betty Janet (Buck) Bryan. He graduated high school in 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia.
On August 6, 1988 he married the love of his life Joan Smith and the two of them enjoyed 21 years together.
Master Sergeant Bryan was currently active duty serving at Fort Hood, Texas. While serving he received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Driver/Mechanic Badge, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. During his 23 years and 11 months, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Camp Casey, Germany, Fort Knox, and in Iraq.
He enjoyed many things in life to include hunting, shooting, trains, NASCAR and sports.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Janet Red.
He is survived by his wife Joan Bryan of Kempner; a son, Bradley Scott Bryan, Jr. of Copperas Cove; a daughter, Sara Elizabeth Bryan of Kempner; father and step-mother, Jon and Layla Bryan of Goldthwaite; step-father, Ted Red of San Saba; a brother, Randy Bryan and his wife Debbie of San Marcos; a sister, Suzanne Culbertson of Paris, TX.; three step sisters, Laura Mitchell of Goldthwaite, Sonya Fehr of Houston, and Gina Houquin of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Bryan family received guests for a time of visitation from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009, and from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2009 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2009 in the Chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove with full military honors. Cremation followed the service and inurnment services on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
For those that desire the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Vista Care Hospice, 2626 B 37th Street, Temple, Texas 76504 or the charity of your choice.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.