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Patricia Jane Bryant Bryant Wortham

Patricia Jane Bryant Wortham, 80, of Searcy, passed away Friday January 13, 2017. She was born November 16, 1936 in Southern Pines, NC to the late W.L. and Sallie (Hill) Bryant.

Pat was a devoted educator, teaching elementary school for 37 years. After retiring, she spent her time volunteering in the libraries at both Sidney Deener and McRae Elementary. Whether it was sharing homemade goodies with others, tracking down boxes and helping pack books, making copies of handouts for classes or helping with general office work, she continued to contribute to the school as long as she was able. Her favorite task by far was gathering children around her feet and reading carefully selected stories to them with riveting drama. She went above and beyond to make a difference in children's lives and her endearing love for each and every one of them was evident.
Pat was a loving wife, mother, teacher and friend and could light up a room just by entering. Her sweet smile will be truly missed.

Left to cherish Pat's memory is her husband of 58 years, James Wallace Wortham, one daughter, Suzie Wortham of Hillsborough, NC; one brother, Peter Bryant of Johnson City, TN; and one sister, Phyllis Bryant of Jonesboro, AR.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by one sister, Sallie Angela Bryant.

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Pat's love of children and animals, please send donations to Humane Society of Searcy or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 21st at Searcy McEuen Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 21st at White County Memorial Gardens.

All funeral services have been entrusted to Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 21
    9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

    Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

    2616 S. Main St.
    Searcy, AR
    (501) 279-9300

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 21
    11:00 AM

    White County Memorial Gardens

    3305 E. Park Ave.
    Searcy, AR

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Wow....has it been a long time since our paths had crossed..I remember best being a little tike and visiting Uncle Leo and Aunt Sal in Arkansas and seeing Pat...greetings to our family...would love to see ya'll again...if there ever is a "reunion" please include me in the announcement...God bless

Posted by Bill Hill - Etowah, NC - Family   January 27, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all today, and remembering how sweet your mom was to the girls- when we were out on the boat! Hoping that the good memories will being you comfort.
Sending hugs your way
Jen, Grace, and Joy

Posted by jennifer jaroscak - Mount Pleasant, SC - Friend   January 21, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Patsy, as I always called her, was my first cousin. Like all Bryant family members, she loved to laugh, and she was full of good humor and love. I will miss her.

Posted by Sandi Sox - Swansboro, NC - Family   January 20, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was so saddened to read of Pat's death!
She was a wonderful friend at Arkansas College
and at Gosnell. My sympathy to you and her family.

Posted by Frances Bradford Rodgers - Batesville, AR - Friend   January 19, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have been at Sidney Deener Elementary for 30 years. I remember Mrs. Pat coming to school and reading to the children. They would sit so very still listening to every word. She made a book come to life. When she would walk down the hall the students would run up to her ,give her a big hug and ask if she was coming to their classroom today. She always took time to stop and inquire about the family. We love Mrs. Pat at Deener and look forward to seeing her again someday!

Posted by Pam Stewart - SEARCY, AR - Friend   January 19, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Prayers for all....bless my sweet cousin

Posted by Betty Vandanbrook - Harrisburg, AR - Family   January 19, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My fondest memory of Mrs Wortham was the Christmas Eve we spent together in our home. She and Mr Wortham were so much fun, and so kind, and had arrived from Suzie's home through the woods for dinner and celebrations - carrying a generous mound of gifts for my children. We had the happiest of evenings, and between the chaos of the wrappings and noise, I remember realizing just why Suzie such a special woman. Her mother had rubbed off on her beautifully. RIP dear Mrs Wortham.

Posted by Ingrid Byerly - Hillsborough, NC - Friend   January 18, 2017

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM