Martha Mae Payne Bryant, 89, went peacefully to be with the Lord on July 15, 2020 at the home of her daughter in Walling, Tennessee. She was born on November 26, 1930 to Samuel Lewis Payne and Samantha Elizabeth Gilliam Payne in Sparta, Tennessee.
She married her husband, Hubert Bryant, on July 1, 1947 in Rossville, Georgia. They were married for 69 years until his death on July 18, 2016. She was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church, but recently attended Mt. Pisgah Methodist Church. She worked at the shirt factory for many years and retired from Mallory Timers after 30 years.
She loved sitting on her front porch and watching the hummingbirds. She also loved working in her yard and cooking for her family. Her family especially loved her fried apple pies. She was a part of five generations with her daughter Carolyn for 30 years and was also a part of four generations with her daughter Connie for 18 years.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn (Rodger) McCann of Sparta, TN, and Connie (Charles) Wood of Walling, TN; Grandchildren, Melody (Keith) Edmonds of Sparta, TN, Melissa (Harmon)Hunsicker of Goodlettsville, TN, Jamie Wood of Sparta, TN, and Amy (Chris) Smith of Walling, TN; Great-grandchildren, Kristin Payne of Sparta, TN, Jacob (Lexie) Hunsicker of Ashland City, TN, Lauren and Lindsey Hunsicker of Goodlettsville, and Lily Jordan of Walling, TN; Great-great-grandchildren, Meleah and Makaylee Payne of Sparta, TN; She is also survived by her brothers, Robert Payne of Sparta, TN, and Earl Payne of Washington; and a very special friend, Peggy Mayers of Sparta, TN; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Avalon Hospice of Cookeville, TN for all the love and care they have shown our Mother.
The family will accept visitors from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the Chapel of Thurman Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 12:00 PM, Internment at Old Bon Air Cemetery. Officiating will be Bro. Rodger McCann and Bro. Marvin Saylors.
Pall Bearers: Keith Edmonds, Harmon Hunsicker, Jacob Hunsicker, Chris Smith, Dana Baldwin, Steve Bryant.
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