Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Services Set Thursday, Friday For John Bryant

Services for lobbyist and former Rep. John Bryant, who died Saturday, are set for Thursday in Oklahoma City and Friday in Tulsa.

Family sources say Bryant, 53, died of a heart attack while at home.

Services are in the care of Moore’s Southlawn Funeral Home; they are scheduled at 1 p.m. on Friday at Christ United Methodist Church in Tulsa.

Services also will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the State Capitol in the 4th floor rotunda. A reception will immediately follow in the House Lounge.

Bryant, a Republican, was elected in 1988 and served 12 years. He was a former real estate broker and had previously worked as an aide to former Senator Don Nickles and Congressman Mickey Edwards.

Governor Fallin said, “I was saddened to hear of the passing of John Bryant. John and I got to know each other well when we shared an office suite during my time in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was an effective and hardworking legislator and was dedicated to improving our state. He’ll be missed by his many friends at the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this difficult time.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi issued the following statement on the sudden passing of Bryant, an education reform advocate: “I was deeply saddened to learn about John Bryant’s unexpected passing. I was blessed to have known him as a friend, and it was an honor to work with him on improving Oklahoma’s education system for future generations. John leaves a legacy of service and dedication. Oklahoma has lost a passionate voice for education reform, and I have lost a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this difficult time.”

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