Edith Gertrude Bryant, 86, of St. Marys went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Gertrude passed away peacefully at Shands hospital after a valiant battle with heart disease.
Gertrude was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Folkston. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister in Christ.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her soul mate of 67 years, Robert Thad Bryant Sr.; parents, Charlie and Cora Altman; sisters, Eunice Tillman, Leila Moore, Belle Bryant and Pearl Green; and brothers Morris Altman, Hubert Altman and Raymond Altman.
Gertrude is loved and missed by her son, Robert (Sheila) Thad Bryant Jr.; daughter, Edith Marie Bryant; brother, Charles (Christine) Altman; grandchildren, Wendy (Chris) Willner, Robert Thad Bryant III and Wade Sweat; and great-grandchildren, Natalie, Christian and Caden Willner.
Mrs. Trudy was a beloved member of Victory Baptist Church. She was the owner of Camden Auto Parts (NAPA) for 16 years.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Victory Baptist Church in St. Marys.
Mrs. Trudy’s heart finally stopped because she gave it all away. She had a beautiful soul and a beautiful smile. She looked for the good in everyone and everything. Mrs. Trudy loved to play the piano and provided joy and comfort to herself and others, even in illness, by playing the beloved gospel hymns she learned as a child.
She loved the Lord and shared her testimony with her speech and in the manner in which she lived her life. Her absence is grieved here on Earth but she would want all to remember that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”