|Whit Criswell Bryan - About 1924 at his home in Seymour, Texas.|
|No Story Too Small|
So, for the next few weeks (until January 29), my posts will be "easy" posts about closer Hairston family members. Today's post is a photo timeline about a Hairston descendant that I knew well, Whit Criswell Bryan, my father.
|Whit Criswell Bryan was the son of Redic E. Bryan and Myrtie Hairston Bryan.|
|He was born in Seymour, Texas on December 21, 1920 and lived there until the death of his father in 1929.|
|Dad lived with his sisters, in Borger, Texas, until 1940 when he joined the Navy.|
Pictured with Dad are his sisters - Marie Bryan, DeRay Bryan, Willa Mae Dudley and his niece, Jackie Dudley.
|He attended Basic Training at the U. S. Naval Training Station in San Diego California. Bill Smith, Robert Winters, and Whit Bryan|
|Dad was assigned to the Mobile Naval Hospital #3 in Pearl Harbor when the bombing occurred on December 7, 1941.|
|Dad was married twice. After WWII, he married Geraldine Mixon. They had two daughters.|
|He married my mother in 1955 and had two children.|
That's me in the picture with Mom.
|Dad in Vietnam. He served as a Hospital Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Division in 1967.|
|Dad retired from the Navy in 1969.|
|Here is Dad in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, in 1981, at the grave of his great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan. His interest in his family led to my obsession with genealogy.|
|Whit Criswell Bryan passed away on August 22, 2001. He was 80 years old.|