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Mrs. Martha "Stookie" (Lee) Bryan

1929 ~ 2018 (age 89)


Martha Lee Bryan died early Monday evening, November 12 at her home in Jefferson, Georgia.  She was 89. 

Stookie was born in Dallas, Georgia on August 16, 1929 to Florence Hay (Boston) and William Clyde Lee.  She graduated from high school in Dallas and then attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville.  She graduated in 1950 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and was hired to teach at Jefferson High School that fall.  She met Tom Bryan in Jefferson and they married in June 1952. 

Stookie was active with the First Baptist Church in Jefferson for most of her life, holding positions as Sunday school teacher, helping to start the Food Pantry ministry there, and assisting with the annual Christmas pageant. 

Mrs. Bryan was also a driving force in the volunteer Helping Hands program at Jefferson Elementary School that provides tutoring for reading and backpack lunch programs,.  She also worked with Brenau University’s scholarship board in awarding full academic scholarships to deserving students. 

Stookie was devoted to, and very proud of her family. She was pleased that what she and Tom started is now a family of thirty-four, including her nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  She is survived by her children: Tom and Julie Bryan of Carmel, California and their two children; Jim and Renee Bryan of Jefferson, Georgia and their two children; Lee and Susie Bryan of Braselton, Georgia and their three children; and Molly and Ben Frost of Marietta, Georgia and their two children.

Visitation with the family is planned for Friday, November 23 at First Baptist Church of Jefferson from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M., with a memorial service set for 2:30, also at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations be sent directly to Helping Hands program at Jefferson Elementary School, 415 Hoschton Street, attention; Suzy Perry, or the Food Pantry at Jefferson First Baptist Church at 246 Washington Street, Jefferson, Georgia  30549. 

Evans Funeral Home, Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia. 706-367-5467.

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Donations may be made to:

First Baptist Church of Jefferson Food Pantry
246 Washington Street, Jefferson GA 30549

Helping Hands Program / Attention Suzy Perry
415 Hoschton Street, Jefferson GA 30549

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