James Douglas "Doug" Bryson

Born: Wed., Nov. 29, 1950
Died: Wed., Nov. 5, 2014


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 08, 2014
Location: Unity High School Gymnasium

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Sat., Nov. 08, 2014
Location: Unity High School Gymnasium

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   James Douglas Bryson, 63, of Mendon, died at  7:58 a.m. Wednesday (November 5, 2014) surrounded by his loving family in Blessing Hospital.

   Born November 29, 1950 in Quincy, Illinois,  Doug was the son of  Charles W. "Squirley" and Willia I. Cookson Bryson. On January 8, 1972, he married Sherry Ann Egan in the Christian Church at Marcelline, Illinois.  She survives.

    Doug was a 1968 graduate of Unity High School. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Culver Stockton College and his Masters Degree in Education and Administration from Truman State University.  A very active member of the Early Tin Dusters, Doug was the club Historian and helped to organize the annual Color Run each fall. He was honored this year when the club put a picture of his 1935 Ford on the shirts.  Doug was also a member of the National Street Rod Association and Illinois Principals Association. He enjoyed doing family genealogy, trout fishing and restoring vintage cars with his brother Charlie. His greatest love was spending time with his grand children.  

   Doug was first employed as a Teacher and Principal of Greenfield Elementary School near Ursa, Illinois for several  years.  He was then the Principal at Unity Middle School and High School in Mendon for several years, until his retirement in 2005.

   Survivors include his wife, Sherry; his parents; one son, Christopher Bryson (Carrie) of Chicago; one daughter, Tricia Ann of Quincy; three grandchildren, Luke, Aubrey and Katey all of Quincy; two brothers, Charles Bryson, Jr. (Janie) of Marcelline, IL and Michael Bryson (Mary) of Quincy; several nieces, Tammy Conboy of Mendon, IL, Renee Bearss (Doug) of West Jupiter, FL, Jennifer Cramm (Craig) of Ursa, IL, Brittney Nelson of Jupiter, FL, Collin Egan, Aden Egan, Maribeth Anderson (Brian) of Keokuk, IA; several nephews, Charles Bryson III "Trey" (Angie) of Ursa, Jarrett Bryson of Quincy, Rob Clair (Reta) of Flower Mound, TX, Jeremiah Nichols (Ashley) of Lee Summit, MO and Ben Egan (Jonna) of Quincy IL.  

   Mr. Bryson was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Leona Cookson; paternal grandparents, Carroll and Marie Bryson; and a nephew Craig Lee Bryson.  
   Funeral services will be held Saturday evening at 6:00 in the Unity High School gymnasium in Mendon with Pastor Steve Disseler officiating. Private family burial will be in the Mendon Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Saturday afternoon from 2:00 until the time of services at 6:00 in the Unity High School gymnasium in Mendon.  The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

   Doug was an Organ donor to Gift of Hope.

   Memorials may be made to ALS Association or to Mendon School District Unit 4 Foundation.

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Dick and Gloria Sue (Voth) McKinney
   Posted Wed November 05, 2014
We send our deepest sympathy to the family. Doug was a great man and loved by many.

Kathleen Garlisch
   Posted Wed November 05, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to the Bryson family. I last saw Doug in Quincy and he was with several of the Tin Dusters. He really enjoyed being a part of the Tin Dusters and fixing up old cars. It is such a sorrow he didn't have more time to enjoy his hobby and his family.

becky syrcle
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher. Im gonna miss him. He always had a smile on his face.

Dick & Pat Wentura
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Dear Sherry and Bryson Family,
Thinking of you-------------
As ever,
Dick & Pat Wentura

Rob Clair
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
My Deepest Sympathies for my Illinois family. This was a shock to us here and we are grieving just as you are there. Uncle Doug was a very relevant man in my life and have a lot of very fond memories of him. I still have memories of family gatherings at the Bryson home when i was a youth and also more recently as an adult. Reta and I also remember him taking so many pictures at our wedding. There are many of his pictures we Loved more than any others..."Thank You". Uncle Doug was certainly the Family photographer and prepared & shared them with us...we so appreciated this....I am thankful that my kids got to meet Uncle Doug and share some time with him... In closing my Uncle Doug was someone i looked up to and will always be remembered.

Amy Schmuck
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
I am deeply sorry for the loss of such a kind soul. Doug Bryson was a great boss. Unity Four is a better place because of his influence and care. Prayers continue for all his loving family. May the Lord bless you and keep you close in these difficult days.

Carla (Harker) Faulkner
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family during this time.

God Bless you all

Carla (Harker) Faulkner

John and Kathy Frese
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family, Doug will be greatly missed by the entire community!

Becky (Schmidt) Haskins
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Mr. Bryson was a great principal. Unity has lost a huge part of their family. I want to extend my condolences to the Bryson and Egan families.

Sandra & Jr Jourdan
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Charles William & Willia, No words can feel right in the passing of your beloved son Doug. I wish I could be there to cry and hug you all. Doug will always be with you in your hearts and memories. He was an outstanding father and son and brother . He never stopped giving. God be with you and your family. I love you guys

Bill and Mary Nisbet
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out for all of your family. Doug was one of the kindest people I have ever known. Many students are better adults because of his leadership. Doug was a great friend and will be missed greatly.

Jenifer (Kayser) Schoonover
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
My condolences to Tricia and the Bryson Family. Mr. Bryson was a wonderful principal and wonderful man.

Gary L. Myers
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Sherry and family.......so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. I have a friend who has ALS and is nearing the end of his fight as well. May God be with you in the days to follow. Praying for you and your family. God Bless

Janie Ellerman
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
I'm so sorry for your loss Sherry. My prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Finlay-Ferguson
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
My sympathy to the family. Doug was always a friendly neighbor with a smile for everyone. God Bless

Dick and Lavada Crane
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Charlie, we are so sorry for you loss. Prayers and hugs to you and your family.

Greg and Sherri Sandidge
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Sherry, and Family; You have our deepest sympathy and our prayers for your family go out. Doug was a great individual. Many young people are the adults that they are today because of the influence of Mr. Bryson in the classroom and in life!!!!! He will be sorely missed.

Garold and Janet Ennen Shoemaker
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
Our hearts are heavy to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Andrea Allen
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014
My deepest sympathy to your entire family. When Doug was principal at Unity, I was principal at Griggsville-Perry HS. I always enjoyed seeing him at meetings, ballgames, and activities. He was a gentleman at all times, and it was very evident that his students, staff members, and community members loved and respected him very much. I will always remember Doug's smile and his love of education. He will be deeply missed but always remembered.

Robin Clair
   Posted Thu November 06, 2014


Kimberly (Orr) Corrigan
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
To the Bryson Family: Sorry for your loss. He was a great influence on a lot of students. I had him as principal at Greenfield and also at Unity Middle School. He was a one most distinguished teacher/principal that Unit 4 has had over the years. There should be more like him today. He will be missed dearly by all.

Stacy & Debbie Taylor
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss.

Gary & Julie Clapper
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
Our sincere sympathy to you all, so sorry.

Jerry and Karen Stone
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
To all the Bryson family. What an honor to have known & shared our love of old cars with Doug. Doug was kind & generous, & always had that infectious smile. He will be missed by many. He was truly a gentle man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Karen.

Teresa Woodworth VanMeter
   Posted Sat November 08, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to the whole Bryson Family! Doug was a kind and sweet person who made a Great principal! He always had a kind word followed by a Smile. Great tribute to have arrangements at Unity, sorry I can't attend.

Janice (Woodworth) Marks
   Posted Sat November 08, 2014
Sherry & Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of Doug's family. Doug touched so many lives in his years at Unit 4, the community has lost a good man. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

   Posted Sun November 09, 2014
Condolence to all the family, friends and every life Mr. Bryson touched. He was my Grade School, Middle School and High School Principal. He walked on his hands, he told jokes, he smiled, laughed and was hard when he needed. He seemed to really care about the all the kids. He was one of the greatest men I have ever met. I did not know he was sick and I did not stay in touch with him, but I did think about him from time to time, I wish could of told him how much he meant to me growing up, he will be missed.

Teri Fessler
   Posted Mon November 10, 2014
May Eternal Rest be granted to thy servant, Doug. He was a great and gentle man who will certainly be missed by many. Prayers continue for the family.

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