MANNING - Sphinks Thomas Bryant Jr., 73, husband of Martha Faye Dewitt Culick Bryant, died on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at the Dorn VA Medical Center.

Born on Jan. 17, 1944, in Manning, he was a son of the late Sphinks Thomas Bryant Sr. and Pearl Hodge Bryant. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from Crescent Tool Co. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Home Branch Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of Manning; three sons, Sphinks Bryant III and Robert Hankins, both of Manning, and David Hankins of Florida; three daughters, Desiree Bryant Lucas (Roger) of Manning, Lynn Daulton (Jeff) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Sue Charles of Pinewood; three brothers, Joe Bryant (Ann) of Sumter, Gerald Bryant of Manning and Dean Bryant (Lynda) of Florida; a sister, Rosa Geddings Southerly (Ted) of Sumter; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Hankins Bryant; a brother, Bobby Bryant; and his daughter-in-law, April Hall Bryant.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Home Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Bennie Barwick and the Rev. John Hall officiating.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stephens Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org