If life is a song worth singing, then every breath taken should exude the melody, the harmony and the rhapsody of Lee Alice Bryant Brunson. She transitioned peacefully on Monday, November 12, 2018 at her home in North Little Rock at the tender age of 90. Within a span of nine amazing decades, this incredible woman found a way to leave an indelible mark on the life of every person she encountered.
The unforgettable moment in time was Wednesday, November 7, 1928. It was then that Lee Alice made her grand entrance into the world. Delivered by a midwife in Arkadelphia, Arkansas she was the beloved daughter of Harvey Bryant, Sr., and Anora Anthony Bryant. Family played a key role in the development and shaping of her life. Lee Alice accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior as a little girl uniting with Pleasant Hill AME Church in Arkadelphia.
Lee Alice attended Peake High School (Class of 1946) and received her high school diploma in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She excelled as a student and always was serious about obtaining her education. She furthered her education and enrolled in college in New York for short time. She moved back to Arkansas where she met and married the handsome, Rev. M. A. Brunson who was an AME Church pastor and served as presiding Elder in the South Arkansas Conference.
She was no stranger to hard work and worked for Levi Strauss for several years until retiring in 1986. She continued in the workforce. On May 11, 2012 Patrick Hays, the Mayor of North Little Rock proclaimed that day as Lee Alice Brunson’s Day in honor of her retirement of 24 years as secretary of the North Little Rock Senior Citizens Outreach and with the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center.
She was a member of Bethel AME Church in North Little Rock where she served as Church School Treasurer, Stewardess Board President and the Caroline Blackmon WMS Treasurer. She also served on Church School Board and with the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS). Being the consummate reader with a personal intent to solidify her knowledge she studied the African Methodist Episcopal Church and knew it. She was a stalwart leader and a 2010 inductee into the 12th Episcopal District Women’s Missionary Society Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Little Rock Area Ministers, Wives, Widows and the Church Women United North.
Of all the notable titles and respected positions, she was a loving wife, a super mother, sweet grandmother, proud aunt and a true friend. She loved to cook and favored chicken wings. She would spend countless hours talking about the current events and just keeping in contact with her family and friends. Lee Alice loved the canning, reading and a competitive game of croquet. She believed that a person never fails….they learn.
She is preceded in passing by her husband, Rev. Brunson; her daughter and son-in-law, Rev. Cynthia E. Williams and Rev. Ray C. Williams, Sr., a grandson, Timothy Williams and two brothers, Harvey Bryant, Jr., and Earnest Bryant.
Lee Alice leaves an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of many people who learned from her, and saw her manage her life as an example of how greatness is really achieved. A lifetime of love and memories will be felt by her grandsons, Ray (Melanie) Williams, Jr., of Des Moines, IA and Everett Williams of Dallas, TX; nephews and caregivers, Reginald (Wendy) Bryant of Norfolk, VA, Trent (Robin) Bryant of Independence, MO, Victor (Cara) Bryant of Arkadelphia, AR and Trey Bryant of Austin, TX; and a sister-in-law, Sarah M. Bryant of Pinole, CA; cousins, James Bryant Sr., Leatha Bryant, Thelma Harris, Rosemary Henry, Richard Bryant, James Bryant, and Dr. Cora Ssengoba-Karatz.
She also leaves a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, caregiver sand special friends, Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield, Rev. Ina Broomfield, Carolyn Owens, Esther Beavers, Jerralyn Smith, Jeanie Gray, Kimberly Armstrong Smith, Ruth Milligan, Everlean Porter, Gwen Davis, Edna Ford, Angela Wirt, Rev. Erma Armstrong; a goddaughter, Morgan Williams, innumerable friends and the Bethel AME Church family.
A celebration of her life will be shared at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Pleasant Hill AME Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield, eulogist. Viewing will be one hour prior to service time. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.