Paris Britton Bryer, 98, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Blackshear, graduated from earth school and went on her way to hold hands with her God Friday, September 10, 2021.
Mrs. Bryer wrote her own obituary and requested it be published at her death.
“One More Thing, Before I let You Go”
“If you are reading this, then my time on earth has come to a close. My time here has been well spent and I thank my heavenly Father for the many years I was allowed to walk this earth. The years have been kind to me, I have had a wonderful life and each and every day I tried to help someone.
I was born on July 31, 1923, in Blackshear to Cearria Austyle-Britton and Walter Britton Sr. My older sisters, Martha, Carnette and Mildred preceded me in death as well as five younger siblings, Catherine Young, Elnora Twyne, Walter Britton Jr., Charlese Booker, Milease Wells and Marva Britton. My husband, of 43 years Tommy Bryer, also preceded me in death.
I was not blessed with children of my own, but I helped in raising my 11 sisters and brothers and many of the nieces and nephews.
I discovered the many blessing of the Lord very early in life, I joined the church at an early age and with each passing year I have grown closer to God and faithfully practiced His teachings.
I graduated from Lee Street School and attended Georgia State College, now known as Savannah State University. After completing the first year, I moved to Jacksonville, FL. My first place of employment was at Eastman Kodak where I learned how to develop film. Later, I attended secretarial school and was hired at and later retired from Blue Cross of Jacksonville, FL.
I have always placed a high value on learning. Upon entering first grade I had already mastered the alphabet, Roman numerals and the capital of most states. My love of learning has continued and did not cease until aging hands made it difficult to master my keyboard. Some of you may beg to differ, but yes, at the ripe old age of 85 I taught myself how to operate a computer and did a fine job at mastering the art of the Internet – most of the time.
I have worn many hats. I was a wife, sister, an aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt to over 200 nieces and nephews, friend, caregiver, banker as well as surrogate mother. I met and married the love of my life — Thomas Bryer.
During my high school years, I had to get lodging in town (which was five miles from home) and only came home on weekends. I obtained a job at the school earning a whopping $6 a month. This helped to cover the cost of my lodging.
I have enjoyed many hobbies such as gardening, scrap booking and upholstery.
One more thing before I let you go — Do not weep for me. I have had a good life, I did it my way and on September 10, 2021, I decided it was time to go to my Heavenly Home. My family wanted me to accept help in my home, I tried to refuse this because I truly enjoyed being with me and the Lord. Now I have Him all the time and He has me.
I am leaving four sisters, Mamie Turner and Charlotte Simpson, Blackshear; Billye Britton (Clyde Rivers), Woodstock and Barbara Britton, Jacksonville, FL; one brother, Carl (Mary) Britton, Monroe; a sister-in-law, Melvine Britton, Blackshear; nieces and nephews, some who are very special to me: Portia (William) Lee, Miami, FL, Latosha Wells, Jacksonville, FL, Elnora Clark, Alpharetta, Nick (Vanette) Wells, Warren (Vanessa) Jones and Jandon Earl Jones, all of Jacksonville, FL, Steve (Terryl) Wells, Apopka, FL, Brandi (Gloria) Booker, Beacon, NY, Braxton (Penny) Britton, Monroe, Kip Simpson, Miami, and a host of other relatives and a few friends who have lived beyond me – Irene Dobson and Pearlie Mae Perry — all to cherish their memories of me.
Viewing will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, September 16, at the funeral home.
Homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, from the Edith H. Weston Memorial Chapel in Jacksonville, FL.
Interment will follow in Restlawn Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.westonsmortuary.com.
Edith H. Weston Memorial Chapel of Jacksonville, FL, is in charge of arrangements.