Richard Dwayne Bryant

February 27, 1956 ~ June 14, 2022 (age 66)


Richard Dwayne Bryant, 66, of New Johnsonville, Tennessee passed away on June 14, 2022.  He was the son of the late Joe Cecil Bryant and Ruby "Billie" Askew. After graduating from High School, Richard enlisted in the U. S. Army to serve his country. He served in Germany and translated Morse Code. Returning home he moved to Covington and worked as a police officer and a member of the tactical unit. Later, he moved to New Johnsonville and served as Chief of Police and was elected Mayor. He was very community oriented and worked on many projects to improve his city. Richard was a giver not a taker. He was kind and honorable; and did not seek credit or recognition. He was a man of integrity and did not ever want to inconvenience anyone. He was one of a kind, and will be missed.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in New Johnsonville, TN.  Richard loved being on the water and enjoyed being in his pontoon boat. He also loved to be in the yard and do yard work anytime that he could.  Richard enjoyed classical music, and, as a youth, wrote poetry. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Bryant; his daughter, Britni O'Neal (Paul), and two grandchildren Annika O'Neal and Tripp O'Neal. He also leaves behind three brothers; Elmer Leon "Lonny" Bryant of Covington, TN; Bobby Bryant (Sue) of Covington, TN; Jerry Bryant (Martha) in Mississippi, two sisters; Carolyn Bryant Whaley (Larry) of Covington, TN, and Gwen Bryant Coffee (Bobby) of Atoka, TN.  Richard is preceded in death by his sister, Brenda "Pugs" Bryant Smith. 

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 28th at Covington Memorial Gardens at 10:00am

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Richard may be offered to the American Cancer Society (

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Graveside Service
June 28, 2022

10:00 AM
Covington Memorial Gardens

Covington, TN 38019

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