BRYAN, Carson W., of Amelia Island, Fla. and formerly of Dallas, W.Va., passed away unexpectedly at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
He was born in Wheeling, W.Va. on December 15, 1937, the son of the late George and Bess Bryan, He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Baron.
He is survived by his dear friend and companion, Vicki Callan of Amelia Island; one brother, Taft Bryan of Shadyside, Ohio; his children, Erin (Tom) Bell of Dallas, W.Va., Lori (Randy) Merritt of Columbus, Ohio, Kera (Dave) Smith of Wheeling, Carson N. Bryan of Charleston, W.Va., and Callen Bryan of Wheeling; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Wheeling Central in 1955 and Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling College) in the first graduating class of 1959. He received his Master’s Degree from Marshall University in 1963 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970.
He was a former educator who taught at the former Wellsburg High School, Linsly School, and Wheeling Jesuit University. Upon leaving the field of education, he founded Diversified Financial Services Inc., receiving many industry awards and achieving much success. His most cherished award though was the Fr. Clifford Lewis Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wheeling Jesuit University.
Mr. Bryan served on numerous charitable boards including terms as Chairman of the Board of Family Services of the Upper Ohio Valley and the United Way. During that time he donated the funds necessary to establish the United Way Endowment Fund.
He enjoyed being a pilot and playing golf following his retirement. He developed a love for writing in his later years and published six books of fiction.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, Fla. 32256 and to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, Texas 75231.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 2-8 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, W.Va. Funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family www.altmeyer.com