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William Carter Bryars

William Carter Bryars

Male 1922 - 2008  (86 years)

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  • Name William Carter Bryars 
    William Carter Bryars
    William Carter Bryars
    Born 15 Jan 1922  Latham, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1930  Latham, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military 9 Dec 1942  Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Enlisted, U.S. Army 
    Veterans: World War II
    Veterans: World War II
    The Purple Heart
    The Purple Heart
    William Carter Bryars
    William Carter Bryars
    Military 8 Jun 1944  Omaha Beach, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    D-Day (plus 2). Second United States Infantry Division--"the Indianhead." 
    Second U.S. Infantry Division
    Second U.S. Infantry Division
    The Indianhead
    Military 16 Dec 1944 - 25 Jan 1945  Elsenborn Ridge, Elsenborn, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Battle of the Bulge 
    Died 3 Dec 2008  Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • OBITUARY
      Published in Tuscaloosa News from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2008

      MOBILE William Carter Bryars, Sr. died Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at a Mobile Hospice facility.

      Carter "Pop" was born in Latham, Alabama on January 15, 1922. He was one of eight children born to Thomas Savage Bryars and Ernestine Carter Bryars. Raised in Latham, he graduated from Baldwin County High School. After graduation, he moved to Mobile and began working at Gulf Coast Marine Supply Company. He would later become VP of Gulf Coast during a fifty-six year career with that company. On November 27, 1942, he married his wife Mary Kathryn Compton. During World War II, Carter served in the 1st Army, 2nd Infantry Division. He participated in the D-Day Invasion on Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge where he was awarded three Purple Hearts. After the war, he and Mary Kathryn lived in Mobile where they raised their two sons.

      He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Tom Bryars; and a grandson David Bryars.

      Survivors include two sons, Dr. William Carter (Kay) Bryars, Jr. of Mobile and Dr. Gordon Compton (Kathy) Bryars of Tuscaloosa; a brother, Hardy (Phyllis) Bryars of Spanish Fort; sisters, Dollie Bryars of Bay Minette, Teenie Flemming of Monroeville, Ginger (Paul) Crigler of Birmingham, and Becky Hayes of Clarksdale, Miss.; in-laws, Lorena Bryars of Bay Minette, Nan and Frank Dunn, David and Verbalee Compton, Wilma Compton, Patsy Rogers, Nita and Clark Wilburn, all of Demopolis; grandchildren, William Carter (Shea) Bryars, III of Birmingham; Kathryn (Jonathan) Pennington of Birmingham, Katie (Von) Wenner of Portland, Ore., Lee Bryars (Grant Scott) of Boston, Mass., and Jamie Carolyn Bryars of Tuscaloosa; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.

      Carter was a very loving, kind and generous person. He was a "people person" and his greatest passions in life were his family, his business colleagues, and establishing and maintaining his many, many friendships. He will be truly missed by his family and friends, but the positive examples he exhibited along with his unconditional love will live on in those who knew him for generations to come. He was a true American hero.

      Funeral services will be held from Spring Hill Presbyterian Church today, December 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time in the fellowship hall. Graveside services and interment will follow at 3 p.m. in the Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson, Ala. with a reception to follow at the Jefferson Community Center.

      Memorials may be made to Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, 10 Westminster Way, Mobile, AL 36608 or Jefferson Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Jim Norris, General delivery, Jefferson, AL 36745.

      Arrangements are by Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street Ext., Mobile, AL.
    Bryars, William Carter
    Bryars, William Carter
    Obituary
    Mobile Press-Register
    Buried Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, Marengo. Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5350  Dickinson
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2014 

    Father Thomas Savage Bryars,   b. 6 Nov 1894, Latham, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1944, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Naomi Ernestine Carter,   b. 19 Nov 1899, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Feb 1985, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F0356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Kathryn Compton,   b. 23 Jul 1921, Jefferson, Marengo, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 2006, Daphne, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F2060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jan 1922 - Latham, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Latham, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Enlisted, U.S. Army - 9 Dec 1942 - Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - D-Day (plus 2). Second United States Infantry Division--"the Indianhead." - 8 Jun 1944 - Omaha Beach, Normandy, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Battle of the Bulge - 16 Dec 1944 - 25 Jan 1945 - Elsenborn Ridge, Elsenborn, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Dec 2008 - Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, Marengo. Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S016512] Social Security Death Index , (Washington, D.C.: Social Security Administration).

    2. [S015232] 1930 U.S. Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930), Census Place: Montgomery Hill and Latham, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: 2; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 27.0; FHL microfilm: 2339737.
      HOH Thomas Bryars/35
      Ernestine C Bryars/30
      Thomas Bryars/10
      W Carter Bryars/8
      Ernestine Bryars/6
      Dollie May Bryars/3

    3. [S034057] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, a.k.a. Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 , (College Park, Maryland: National Archives and Records Administration), RG 64; ARC: 1263923.

    4. [S336470] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org., "Fort McClellan", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_McClellan.
      "Fort McClellan, originally Camp McClellan, was a United States Army post located adjacent to the city of Anniston, Alabama. During World War II, it was one of the largest U.S. Army installations, training an estimated half-million troops. After the war and until it was closed in 1999, Fort McClellan was home for an average population of about 10,000 military personnel, some half of whom were permanently assigned, and employed about 1,500 civilians."

    5. [S336470] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org., "2nd Infantry Division (United States)", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Infantry_Division_%28United_States%29#World_War_II.
      "After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 2 (8 June 1944) near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River on 10 June, the division liberated Trévières and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, a key enemy strong point on the road to Saint-Lô."

    6. [S336470] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org., "2nd Infantry Division (United States)", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Infantry_Division_%28United_States%29#World_War_II.
      "The division took a brief rest 19-26 September before moving to defensive positions at St. Vith, Belgium on 29 September 1944. The division entered Germany on 3 October 1944, and was ordered, on 11 December 1944, to attack and seize the Roer River dams. The German Ardennes offensive in mid-December forced the division to withdraw to defensive positions near Elsenborn Ridge, where the German drive was halted. In February 1945 the division attacked, recapturing lost ground, and seized Gemund, 4 March. Reaching the Rhine 9 March, the 2ID advanced south to take Breisig, 10?11 March, and to guard the Remagen bridge, 12?20 March."