Nancy Susan Jones Bryant passed away on Friday, January 15th. She was born September 18, 1949 to Addy and Edith Jones of Trenton FL. She loved her family, as well as Gilchrist County and was proud to call it home.
She was a lady who answered to many names. These names included Mama, Nanny, Aunt, Mrs. Sue, Susan, and Mrs. Bryant. Those who knew her will remember her as a giver, as she had a true servant’s heart. Her personal mission in life was providing and caring for others without calling attention to herself. She found great joy in these deeds of kindness. She could always be found cooking a meal for someone or for some event, at the post office mailing out a greeting card, or on her way to visit someone. She always had a way of knowing when someone needed to be uplifted. Her bright spirit and encouraging words will be missed by many.
She was raised in the flatwoods of Gilchrist County and her love for her community ran deep. She was humbled to serve as Supervisor of Elections from 1981 to 2006. Through her years in office she dealt with re-counts, hanging chads, and even witnessed a coin toss to settle a tied race.
Susan was a huge part of numerous organizations. She was instrumental in the Gilchrist Education Foundation serving as president for several years. In 2014 she was recognized with the Director of Emeritus award by the foundation for years of service and dedication. The Trenton Rotary Club presented her with the Paul Harris Fellow award for providing friendly relations for people of the world. She was a member of the Trenton Woman’s Club, serving her term as president too. She was an active member at New Beginnings Baptist Church.
Going above and beyond were certainly terms to describe her true being. In 1998, she was humbled to be the recipient of the Gilchrist Citizen of the
Year for her countless selfless acts of leadership and kindness. In 2006, along with her husband Paul, both were recognized and honored with The J Min Ayers Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sue loved to travel. Together she and Paul saw many wonderful sites. When not traveling she could be found on the sidelines of her grandchildren’s sporting events cheering the loudest. Like most women she delighted in shopping and could never pass up a good shoe sale. She enjoyed reading her bible and Karen Kingsbury. And she also loved her Diet Coke.
Sue is survived by her husband Paul Bryant of 42 years. She took great joy being a mother to her children Todd (Mae) Bryant of Trenton, Lori(Wayne) Chin of New York and Elton (Stephanie) Langford of Arcadia. Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, were the sunshine of her life. She was a beloved Nanny to Brooke Griffin, Clif and Hallie Bryant, Bryan and Bailey Sands, Addy Langford, Grace and Alec Chin and two great-grandchildren, Eva and Athens.
In addition, she is survived by her aunts Charlene Dalton of Trenton, Nancy Roberson of Palmetto, Joan Thomas of Trenton, and Uncle Harvey Jones of Lake City. Surviving siblings include Connie Wiggins of Starke, Dale (Joan) Jones, Marsha (Jack) Cook, Michelle (Craig) Keene all of Trenton as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Trenton Fl. Pastors Jason Jones and Chris Ruggles will be officiating.
To honor her wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Educational Foundation to ensure scholarships. These donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1816 Trenton, Fl by check made payable to Education Foundation of Gilchrist County. Memo line should state Memory of Susan Bryant. In addition, donations can be dropped off Capital City Bank.