Mrs. Phyllis Tate Bryars passed away peacefully at Oakwood- North Baldwin's Center for Living on Friday May 31, 2013 after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 8, 1932 in Montgomery, Alabama, to the Reverend Dr. James Edward Tate and Irene Averitt Tate who have proceeded her in death.
Phyllis graduated in 1950 from Sidney Lanier High School. She then enrolled and graduated from Huntingdon College with a B.A. in music in 1954. As the editor of the Huntress, the college newspaper, Phyllis was named "Who's Who" in American Universities and Colleges in 1953-1954.
In 1954, Phyllis began her private piano teaching career in Bay Minette, Alabama, where she met her future husband. After they married, she continued teaching for 25 years in Overland Park, Kansas.
She is survived by her husband of 57½ years, G.C. "HARDY" BRYARS of Spanish Fort, Alabama;
Lynn Davies (KEN) Danville, California;
Dawn Douglass (BRYAN) Missoula, Montana;
Kristy Baak-Bryars (MARCO) The Hague, Netherlands;
Two granddaughters, five grandsons, and one great-granddaughter, and numerous other loving relatives. She was preceded in death by daughter Karen Leigh Bryars.
Phyllis was an active church member throughout her life. She is an Honorary Life Member of Presbyterian Women (USA). She loved gardening, bird watching, and visiting her daughters and their families. She and Hardy enjoyed many years of golfing throughout the country.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff and caregivers at Oakwood for their devoted support and loving care for Mrs. Bryars during her two and one half years there.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Bay Minette United Methodist Church on Monday June 3rd at 11am with Reverend Dr. Larry Bryars officiating. Visitation and reception immediately following in the fellowship hall.
Private interment will be at Latham Methodist Cemetery, Latham, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to:
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
1359 Broadway - Suite 1509
New York NY 10018
Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church
6620 Spanish Fort Blvd
Spanish Fort AL 36527