James A. Bryant, Jr.

James A. Bryant, Jr. of Newport News, VA, passed away on February 4th, 2024, surrounded by his loving wife and family. 

He was born on May 20th, 1947, to James A. Bryant Sr. and Nora Henry in Petersburg, VA. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He liked bowling and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a proud Marine who always said serving was an honor. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps at age 17, served four years in Vietnam, and then served 23 years in the US Marine Corps Reserves, retiring as a Master Gunnery E9 Sergeant. He was employed by Verizon as an engineer for 40 years. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 6 years, Deborah Bryant, his daughter Abbie Orstad, and Son Terry Dean Bryant (Laura), Stepson Christopher White (Paullen), his sister Patsy, and his half-brother Allan Duncan. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nicole Allan (Bryan), Calvin A. Bryant, Trevor Mainwaring (Danielle), Caleb A. Bryant, Timothy James (TJ) Bryant (Danielle), and Katriella White, as well as eight great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

James A. Bryant, Jr. will be laid to rest at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery at 5310 Milners Rd Suffolk, VA. 


  1. Gina Pomering

    Such a wonderful man. Our lives were blessed to know him. Always made us smile and laugh. Thank you for your service and bringing us into your family. All our love, Andy, Gina and Dominic

  2. Donna Cooper

    David and I were blessed to spend time with Jim and Debbie. Jim was very kind and caring and was the best barbecue chef I have ever known.
    His time in the Marines was a great source of pride for Jim.
    Debbie’s friends were so happy when Jim came into her life. He loved her deeply and was her soul mate.
    He will truly be missed.

  3. Beth Ryan

    Bob and I met Jim soon after he and Debbie married. He was fun and a pleasure to be around. Most importantly he was a loving, devoted partner to our longtime friend, Debbie. Rest in peace, Jim. You will be sorely missed.

  4. Fred Pleasants

    Jim and I worked together for years at Verizon first in Williamsburg VA. then at New Quarter Rd. In Newport News. We became friends and fished and hunted together ate Steak lunches on Friday at Moma Steve’s with Shawn and Jim. I had the pleasure of going to Altanic city with Jim and last saw Jim in Las Vegas enjoying life at large as he always did. He will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend and I know you have the winning hand in heaven. Prayers to Debbie and his family

  5. Dana (Jett) Headden

    Abbie & Terry, My heart goes out to each of you. I remember the day y’all moved in next door and how quickly you all became so much more than neighbors, but true friends, so many years ago. We all shared a lot of good times! Blessings for Jim to rest in peace. Love and prayers for each of you, for Debbie, and for the whole family. May good memories cover your grief.

  6. Laura Bryant

    To the man who could fix everything…who will fix our broken hearts now that you are gone? Thank you for all you taught us and how much you loved us, for your service to this country, and for accepting me into your family with open arms. The world seems smaller without you here. We miss you already.

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