Herbert Jackson and Gloria P. Bryant of Bolivia generously supported Brunswick Community College Foundation in their will.
Brunswick Community College Foundation (BCCF) has been named in the will of Herbert Jackson and Gloria P. Bryant of Bolivia. When asked about the couple’s history, nieces Margaret Hewett and Lillian Mae Bigby gave a brief account of their life.
The couple married in October of 1946 and were the first African Americans in the Bolivia area to own and operate a gas/general store.
They were known in the community for their generosity and understanding the challenges people faced in providing for their families.
The Bryants farmed in order to have fresh produce in the store and were often credited with having the biggest and best vegetables in the county. The store was a success because they took a genuine interest in their customers and their needs. Herbert learned his farming skills from his father growing up as a young boy in Supply. Gloria learned her accounting skills in the Pitt County public school system.
They were dedicated members of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bolivia, where they enjoyed worship service, Sunday School and Mission. Community members and members of surrounding communities will remember Gloria for her delicious baking of pies and cakes. Bereaved families always received a basket of goodies and rarely were birthdays every forgotten by the Bryants. They did not have children of their own but took an interest in community and family children, encouraging them in their academic progress. Another niece, Bertha Bell, remembers Aunt Gloria and Uncle Herbert closing the store in support of her first speech as a new school counselor to rising ninth graders.
The Bryants’ gift to Brunswick Community College Foundation is given to help minority students and/or students in financial need reach their educational goals in order to become self-supporting citizens.
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