William Jennings Bryan thumbnail

William Jennings Bryan

June 18, 1935 - January 26, 2018

William Jennings Bryan age 82 of Wilmington passed away on Friday January 26, 2018 after a courageous battle with Lymphoma cancer.

He was born on June 18, 1935 to Kedar and Josephine Bryan whom preceded him in death.

William is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shelba Bryan; son Michael; daughter Karen; grandchildren Mary Lauren, Kader, Briana, Frankie, and great grandchild Eathen.

William was a proud Master Mason as a member of Orient Lodge #395 AF&AM for the past 50 years, member of AREME Chapter #372 OES, a veteran of the US Army and long-time member of BPO Elks Lodge #532. He was employed with Babcock and Wilcox until the early 80’s and retired from General Electric in 2000 to compete his career.

He had a great gift of gab and many talents. He will be missed by his family, friends, and acquaintances. William never met a stranger.

A memorial service will be held 2 pm Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will see friends beginning at 1 until the service time.

In lieu of flowers consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please share condolences with the family by clicking on the “Condolence” tab.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099


Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of William by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence

What our families say...

Doug Bevell is the most compassionate person I’ve ever met.  He treated my family just as if it was his own.


A Session ID is required to purchase jewelry with your loved one's fingerprint, click here to continue. If you do not have an ID, click here to contact us to get your Session ID.