James "Rick" Richard BryantMay 21, 1974 ~ July 31, 2017 (age 43)
James Richard "Rick" Bryant passed away at his residence on July 31, 2017.
He was born in Clarksville, TN on May 21, 1974, to James Dale Bryant and Barbara Johnson Bryant. His childhood nickname was "Sunshine". He graduated a semester early from Clarksville High School, attended Nashville Auto Diesel College, and later graduated with an Industrial Maintenance Degree from Tennessee Technology Center, Clarksville campus (now Tennessee College of Applied Technology). He was a former supervisor at All American Homebuilders and later worked at Florim as an industrial electrician. His occupational love for all things electric led him to start his own business in 2008, Sango Electric and More LLC. He was a state of Tennessee licensed electrician. His specialties were troubleshooting any complex electrical issue, reading schematics, and doing commercial electrical jobs. He had a love of learning anything new and challenging and researching on the internet any subject in mechanical or electrical or any phase of homebuilding. His mom always said, "Call Rick, he can fix anything." He was also HVAC certified and an EPA lead abatement specialist. He delighted in keeping abreast of the lates in codes and regulations and most loved to work with Customers who were futuristic in their requests, especially with LED technology. Gladly sharing knowledge with others, Rick was called upon to be an adjunct instructor at the technology school from which he graduated. He loved to help others, often offering services to stranded motorists or picking up loose dogs to return to their homes. He did pro bono work for lower income elderly and disabled. He was a man who followed old fashioned virtues of truth and honesty and workmanship he could be proud of. He loved his Mom and Dad and family dearly and was always around to help whenever necessary, always seeking to prod the parents into the 21st century. He most admired his maternal grandfather, Sam Johnson, who flew 27 bombing raids from England to Germany on a B17 airplane in World War II, during which he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for personal bravery in combat and multiple Air Medals for combat. Sam was a simple man who never stopped working with a "can do" persona who lived by "a man's handshake is his bond." Rick lived by that example.
Rick was baptized at Hilldale Baptist Church. He was a boyscout of troops 503 and 514, earning the rank of Lifescout. loved animals, camping and serenity of nature. His greatest vacation spot was a cabin in Gatlinburg, he loved to eat lunch by the stream at Rotary Park and overnight tent camping with someone special at Port Royal. He loved 1980 music, playing old arcade games, watching old scary movies and vintage tv reruns. He was PADI scuba certified. He collected anything vintage and antique, especially Budweiser and tools used by his grandfather's generation. Hobbies were woodworking, welding, working on old cars and go-carts, with a garage fully stocked with tools to support his interests. His idea of a great meal was one he created on the grill. He loved to cook for others, but would challenge those to eat extra spicy hot condiments. Jalapenos were something one could always find in his kitchen and were usually a part of every dish. Loving to prank people and joking around were his main traits, but "nice guy" was the most often repeated description.
He is survived by his Mom and Dad; sister, Cheryl; nephews, Dakota and DJ; and his canine buddies, Minnie and Dingo, both rescues. There are no words to describe the loss of a son while parents are still living. The void is unfillable, the sorrow never depleted and the tears never dry. May our son rest in peace and wait for us to be with him again. We are so proud to have been your parents and eternally grateful and forever blessed to have known you, son.
No services are planned. His cremains will reside with his Mom and Dad in his childhood home.
Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040. Online condolences may be made at www.nealtarpleyparchman.com.