Obituaries  2012

BRYANT, Dr. Alma Green "Jan," God called home one of his angels, October 26, 2011, surrounded by family.  Alma Bryant was a longtime resident of Tampa.  Born in Elberton, Ga., Alma grew up in Fort Valley, Ga. She was predecesed in death by her husband, William "Bill" Bryant.  Dr. Alma Green Bryant was a member of the English Department at the University of South Florida for 39 years.  She was a graduate of Fort Valley State College in Georgia,  where she received a bachelor's degree with honors; Columbia University, with a Master of Arts degree; and the Unviersity of Florida with a Doctor of Education degree.  Alma was a lifelong member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the links Inc.  After concentrating on classroom teaching for the first five years at the University of South Florida, she became director of freshman English in 1977, a position she held for seven years.  Dr Bryant also took a two-year leave of absence to return to her alma mater, Fort Valley State College, to become chair of its English department.  This was one of two leaves she took over the years to serve at historically Black colleges.  In 2000-2001, she traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to serve as executive assistant to the President of Fisk University.  After her stay in Fort Valley, she returned to USF to become co-coordinator of the new university Writing Lab and shortly thereafter became associate chair of the department,  a position she held all in all for 12 years.  In between tours as associate chair, she also served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USF.  At the time of her death, she was co-ordinator of the undergraduate rhetoric and composition and techinical writing programs.  Before taking on those responsibilities, she served in 2004-2006 as interim chair of the department, settering the department through a difficult time of transition with reassuring calm and evenhandedness.  For all of her administrative ability and accomplisments, Dr. Bryant was also admired for her accomplisments in the classroom.  She taught the first course in technical at USF and one of the first graduate classes in rhetoric and composition.  She trained generations of student-teachers in composition, many of whom she continued to be in touch with for years after they left the university.  She also served on numerous university committees.  For two years, 1978-80, she edited, "The Florida English Journal." Outside of the university, she was active in several different professional societies amd accrediting associations, and also made numerous public appearances all over the west coast of Florida.  Among all her accomplishments in the community, she was perhaps proudest of her longtime membership on the board of trustees of University  Community Hospital and the Tarpon Springs Hospital Foundation.  Alma is survived by a devoted nephew, daughter, sister, two stepdaughters, a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephes; and  a devoted  friend.  Private services will be held at Goodwill Cemetery in Fort Valley, Ga. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Susan G Kormen for the Cure in the search  for the cure.  Ray Williams Funeral Home, (813)253-3419. Published in on October 30, 2011

Obituaries  2013

Albritton, Louise Maggie- Homemaker-1920-2003
Bowling Green, Hardee Co., FL. Mrs Louise Maggie AlBRITTON, of Bowling Green, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 of injuries in an auto accident in Lakeland, she was 83.  
Louise was born in Fort Valley, Ga. on Jan. 13, 1920. Louise came to Bowling Green when she was very young, she was a homemaker.  She was a member of Payne Creek Primative Baptist Church in Bowling Green.  
Mrs. Albritton was preceded in death by her husband, William Hollis Albritton, St.  Louise is survived by: her son, Hollis Albritton, Jr., Arcadia, Desoto Co., Fl; daughters: Sylvia Edwards of Ocala, Fl, LaVerne Knight of Arcadia, FL. brother; J. L. Arnold of Bauchula, Hardee Co., FL.; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. Visitation at Robarts Family Garden Chapel, 529 W. Maint St., Wauchula. Services at Paynes Creek Baptist Church Thursady in Bowling Green.  (Lakeland Ledger, Wed.Dec. 3, 2003)   Submitted by Peggy McSwain

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