MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In sure and certain hope of resurrection, Reverend Joseph Lee Bryan, 93, passed into the loving hands of God on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.
Born May 30, 1929, he had a strong membership in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was Associate Minister Emeritus of Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, Tenn. He was the son of Joseph G. and Bertie S. Bryan, and was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He was ordained to the ministry in 1952 at the Country Club Christian Church of Kansas City, after graduating from the Texas Christian University and Lexington Theological Seminary.
During his 43 years of active ministry, he served First Christian Church in Hannibal, Mo., University Place Christian Church in Champaign, and Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis. His calling was in Christian education, worship, and pastoral work. To many he was a teacher in all situations, a mentor and a caring and assertive presence, doing so with spiritual depth, wit and understanding.
He is survived by three children, Mark Allan Bryan and Martha Lorene Robbins (Tom), both of Madison, Wisconsin, and Barbara Jean Atwood (Mark) of Austin, Texas; one granddaughter, Alissa Angeline Vanlandingham of Bellingham, Washington; and one brother, David Bryan (Mary) of Marshfield, Mo.
Betty, his wife of 59 years, predeceased him in 2011.
His celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at Lindenwood Christian Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lindenwood Christian Church Foundation, 2400 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.