On Thursday, November 16, Larche Bryant McLeod, Jr., age 76, went home to be with the Lord, ending a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 12, 1946, in Monroe, Louisiana, to Larche Sr. and Vera McLeod. Bryant grew up in Crossett, Arkansas, graduating from Crossett High School in 1965. He attended Baylor University in Waco and played the bass trombone for the university’s Golden Wave Band. During his sophomore year, he met his wife, Sandra Kay Rankin, in the lobby of his dormitory while she was selling cookies for her sorority. They married June 20, 1970, at Baylor’s Miller Chapel and moved to Houston, where they resided for over 37 years. Bryant worked for Shell Oil Company in the Purchasing Department for 24 years before retiring in 2005. Following his retirement, he and Sandra moved to Fairfield, where they enjoyed the solitude and wildlife on their property. Bryant was an outdoor enthusiast who took pleasure in hunting and fishing. He also had a private pilot’s license and loved to fly. An avid musician, Bryant played the trombone and piano and frequently sang in the choir. At the time of his death, he was a member of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church in Fairfield and Cotton Gin Lodge No.154 in Kirvin, where he served as Worshipful Master. Bryant was raised to Master Mason at Sugar Land Masonic Lodge No. 1141 in 1986. But first and foremost, he was a man of faith who was firm in his relationship with God and found joy, comfort, and strength from his Savior during times of triumph and tribulation.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Larche Bryant McLeod, Sr., and Vera Nola Brooks McLeod; his sister, Barbara Ann McLeod Santos; and his brother-in-law, Ruben M. Santos.
Bryant is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Kay Rankin McLeod of Fairfield; his daughter and son-in-law, Valerie Amanda McLeod Porter and Joseph Charles Porter of Kerrville; his nephew, R. Christopher McLeod Santos of Waxahachie; his nieces, Gigi Anne Santos Barnes of Waco and Leslie Carol Santos Fulton of Austin; and great-nephews, Cooper Christopher Santos of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Connor Brooks Santos of New York City, New York.
The family has requested that memorials be made to Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, Box 1146, Fairfield, Texas 75840.