July 17, 1942 - January 08, 2024
Obituary For Michael Bryant
With humble respect, Sewell Mortuary in Grantville announces the transition of Michael Bryant on January 8th, 2024.
Mr. Michael Franklin Bryant, Sr., affectionately
known as Poppy, passed away on January 8, 2024, at
the age of 81 in Newnan, GA. He was born on July
17, 1942, in Hot Springs, AR, to the late George R.
Bryant and Elizabeth Bryant-Craig. Michael was a
true patriarch and the rock of his family. He will be
deeply missed by all who knew him.
Michael was a man of many talents and interests. He
was known for his steadfastness, intelligence, humor,
and charm. He had a passion for cooking and was an
excellent chef. He had a discerning palate and was
also an expert critic of movies from various genres.
Michael's love for food and films brought joy to those
In addition to his personal pursuits, Michael dedicated
his life to helping others. Alongside his loving wife,
Henrietta "Retta" Bryant, he fostered nearly 100
children, providing them with a safe, caring, and
stable environment. Michael's generosity and
willingness to share extended beyond his immediate
family. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to
anyone in need.
Michael is survived by his beloved wife, Henrietta
"Retta" Bryant, and their children: Michael Bryant Jr.,
Tamara Rohman, and Rodney Bryant. He is also
survived by his brother, George R. Bryant, Jr. and his
sister, Audrey Warren, as well as 13 grandchildren, 21
great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews,
and other cherished family members. Also leaving his
best friends Brady Ward and John L. Jeffers. Michael
was preceded in death by his brothers, Larkin Bryant,
Melvin Bryant, and Raymond Scott.
Mr. Bryant proudly served in the United States Navy. His
dedication to his country and his military associations
were an integral part of his life. He also worked for and
retired from the United States Postal Service.
Michael was a faithful member of Newnan Chapel United
Methodist Church (UMC) for many years. He actively
participated in the church's Gospel Choir & Male Chorus,
sharing his love for singing with the congregation.
Michael also volunteered his time in various departments
of the church, always ready to lend a helping hand.
A memorial service to celebrate Michael's life will be held
on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 11:00 am at Newnan
Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 72 Robinson
St., Newnan, GA 30263. Pastor Pallard will preside over
the service, with Pastor Terri Lemons delivering the
Another service will be held on Saturday, February 10,
2024, at 11:00 am at Bethany Congregational Church,
located at 556 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
Pastor Chuck Burwell will officiate the service. Following
the service, there will be a reception and gathering at the
beach to celebrate Poppy's life.
In memory of Michael, the family kindly requests
donations to be made to Newnan Chapel United Methodist
Church or a charity of your choice.
Michael's legacy of love, generosity, and dedication will
continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of
knowing him. He will forever be remembered as a
cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather,
brother, and friend. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Sewell Mortuary is honored to be entrusted with providing end-of-life services to the family of Michael Bryant.