PATOKA — Thomas D. Bryant, 82, of Patoka, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton.

He was born March 8, 1934 in Patoka, to Loren and Mary Gladys (Duncan) Bryant. He had worked at Potter & Brumfield, been a bus driver for the North Gibson School Corporation for over 35 years (buses 8 and 15), was in the farming industry and served in the U.S. Army. He was a 50-plus-year member of both Columbia Lodge 450 and Patoka Chapter 281 Order of Eastern Star, he coached basketball at the Princeton Boys Club, was a member of Patoka United Methodist Church and the state champion American Legion team. Tom loved fishing with his grandchildren and also enjoyed wood working.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane (Thorne) Bryant of Patoka; two daughters, Debra Bryant of Patoka and Rebecca (James) Little of Patoka; grandchildren: Ava and Ethan Little.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dudley Bryant.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, officiated by Rev. Greg Davis. Burial will be at Decker Cemetery in Patoka. Military rites will be provided by Retired Military Veterans. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Monday at Colvin Funeral Home with a Masonic memorial service at 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until the service hour.

Memorial contributions may be made to Patoka Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the Colvin Funeral Home. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at

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