william ‘billy’ bryant


June 13, 1940 ~ November 9, 2022

Retired Sheriff William “Billy” Bryant, 82, of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at FirstHealth Hospice House.

The family received friends on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Spring Hill United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.. A funeral service followed at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bobby Rackley officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was born in Lee County to the late Orpha Bryant and Ruth McIntosh Bryant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Bryant; son, Donald Bryant and daughter, Cathy Bryant. In 1986 Billy was elected to the first of five terms as Sheriff of Lee County and served in that position for over 20 years.

Billy is survived by his wife Susan, of 26 years; son, Robert Bryant of Sanford; daughters, Shannon Patterson of Broadway, Cindy Bryant of Sanford; brothers, Ray Bryant of Arkansas, David Lee Bryant of Durham; 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.