Benny was born on Jan. 6, 1934 in Cabbagetown, Atlanta and died at home in Covington on April 8, 2019, after a month-long illness. He was with his longtime friend and companion Maria Granito at the time of his death.
He is preceded in death by his father Floyd Bryant, his mother Ruby Mae Pounds Bryant, his brother Thomas Bryant and his wife Louise Babb Bryant and his faithful dogs Big Ben, Ina and Henry.
He is survived by his beloved daughter Donna Charlene Felix, his 'favorite' son-in-law Calvin Felix, adoring grandsons Justin and Jared Felix, and his devoted son David Bryant. Benny was devoted to his family especially to his grandsons; he is also survived by his dear sister Hazel Bryant Martin, niece Kay McNutt, nephews Tad and Chip Martin.
He is also survived by Maria Granito, his friend and companion of many years and her family whose lives were enhanced by knowing this kind, sweet man; three sons Johnny, Adam, Jason and their wives Nina, Jennifer and Charlotte; nine grandchildren, Mia and Travis Kistler, Jason Alec Granito, Hannah Granito, Celena Granito, Niccolo Granito, Gianna Granito, Rian Granito, Christopher Granito, Anna Granito, one great-grandson Mason Cole Kistler. Included in the surviving members of the Granito family are two devoted nephews Phillip and Conrad Granito, their wives Deanna and Karina and Phillip's daughters Madison and Savannah. Benny's loyal and devoted puppy Ruby Mae also survived her master.
Benny is also survived by a huge following of dear friends who have all been touched by this incredibly sweet man.
Benny was a Korea War Veteran and was a life-long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was extremely proud of his service and was rarely ever seen without one of his Korea War hats emblazoned with his very special messages that he had the kind ladies from Ribbity Ribbitz add to his many caps.
Benny was one of those rare individuals that loved his life's work. For thirty years he worked his way up in the print shop to Manager for the Citizens & Southern Bank. He often said he would have worked for free he loved it so much. Benny was a beloved member of the C & S family
and was honored by becoming an Officer of the C & S Bank.
His service will be held at his Church; the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd 4140 Clark St., Covington GA, 30014. In lieu of flowers his family is asking for donations to be made to his Church in his name.
The service is scheduled for 11 a.m.Tuesday, April 23 at the church. Benny will be interred in the Church's Burial Garden alongside the Church; a reception will immediately follow in the Parish Hall.