Ellen Bryant (Sanders)
April 8, 1935 - December 27, 2015
Mrs. Ellen Bryant was a quintessential model of exceptional service throughout Gadsden County for over a half century. Her service began with her upbringing in the St. John Community of Quincy. She was born Ellen Sanders on April 8, 1935 to the later Mr. Tylear and Mrs. Ethel Kenon Sanders. Ellen had one brother, Solomon Sanders, who preceded her in death. The Lord called her home on her 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
Her family stressed the importance of getting an education. Ellen attended St. John Elementary and graduated from Stevens High School. She furthered her education at Bethune-Cookman College receiving a B.S. Degree in Education. Ellen received her Masters of Education from Florida State University. During her thirty-six year career, Ellen received numerous awards. After her retirement from the Gadsden School District, Ellen remained active in her community. She served as a member/officer of the following organizations-Pilot Club of Quincy; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; The Gadsden County Arts Center, The Tallahassee Links, Inc., The Alumni Club of Bethune-Cookman University and Friends of the Library.
At an early age, Ellen joined St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church where she faithfully and diligently served in many capacities. She served as chairperson of the Pulpit Aide Board; member of the Stewardess Board Number Three and as a steward and a trustee. Her love for St. John radiated in her smile whenever she talked about her pastor, reverend Matthew Bryant,” and St. John AME Church.
Though Ellen unselfishly gave herself to the church and community, she never failed to be a role model and a pillar of strength for her own family. She was married to the love of her live, former Superintendent of Gadsden County public Schools, Dr. Robert H. Bryant, for 60 years.
Cherishing her legacy and memories are her husband, Dr. Robert H. Bryant; her daughters, Ms. Debra Parts of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Cynthia Price of Ocala, FL; three grandchildren, Bryan Parks (Ashly) and Brandon Parks of Atlanta, Ga, Shonda Salaam (Yusuf) of Cromwell, CT; six great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Juanita Thompson of Providence, RI; one brother-in-law, Mr. Alfred C. Bryant, Sr.; two nephews, Eric Sanders of Fresno, CA and Elmore Thompson of Providence, RI; three nieces, Erica Sanders of Orlando, FL, Lorissa Clark of Atlanta and Anita Thompson of Providence, RI, a great niece, Sandria Monroe who affectionately called Ellen “Auntie Granny.” Also cherishing her memories are a host of cousins and friends.