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James Douglas "Doug" Bryson

November 29, 1950 ~ November 5, 2014 (age 63)

   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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