James Bryan Obituary, Death Cause – In Conway, South Carolina on January 29th, 1937, to L.F. and Nettie Bryan, the world was introduced to their son, Jim. Jim attended Conway High and then Clemson University, where he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1959. He participated in the ROTC and was chosen Class Treasurer while at Clemson’s Tau Beta Pi chapter. In the summer before his senior year at Clemson, he and the love of his life, Sophie (Johnson), met in the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. They stayed together through thick and thin over their 63 years of marriage. Sophie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the 1990s, and her husband took early retirement to focus on her recovery. Twenty years later, she is still cancer-free thanks to their efforts.
In 1962, Jim moved to Florida to work at Radiation Inc., which would later become the Harris Corporation. Jim spent 36 years in the company, the most of which were spent as a Director in the Government Systems Division. Jim loved watching the Clemson Tigers play football. He enjoyed going to Death Valley in South Carolina to see the Tigers play. He was a dedicated fan who watched every game with his loved ones, sharing in the delight of the many triumphs and the disappointment of the few losses. Jim was a fascinating and daring guy. Both alone and with companions, he and Sophie saw the globe. Pictures from all of their adventures decorate their house. He’s been to every one of the 50 states. They have driven all across the United States, following a well planned route they created months in advance. Everyone was relieved that he could attend the Johnson family Thanksgiving gathering.
He was able to keep up with his passion for the outdoors after relocating to Florida from Conway. They taught their kids how to water ski behind his boat, the Jim-Dan-Dee, since he was so passionate about fishing and water sports. He also became a passionate scuba diver and golfer. His home in Dillon, Colorado, was the scene of many memorable family gatherings once all his kids settled in the state and he and Sophie took up winter skiing with serious gusto. Even though Jim and Sophie’s extended network of friends from the 1960s has shrunk in size due to time and distance, their affection for each other and for each other’s children remains strong. For many years, they met once a month for bridge club. For a long time, the family vacationed together during the first week of August at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. After relocating to Florida with his wife Sophie, he quickly became an active member of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic. He was a teacher, youth group director, elder, and deacon, just to name a few of his Church leadership roles.