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William Burris Bryan, Jr.

William Burris Bryan Jr. (“Bill B.”), 60, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021. He was born November 14, 1960, son of the late William Burris Bryan and Barbara Henry Bryan Stephens. Raised in North Middletown, Kentucky, “Bill B.” was a 1978 graduate of Bourbon County High School. He attended Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and the University of Kentucky. Bill began his career as a PGA professional, working as an assistant golf pro at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida. He also was assistant golf pro at the Idle Hour Country Club in Lexington. Bill furthered his career as a skilled landscape designer and was co-owner of Big Trees, Inc. His immense talent and detailed-oriented style is imprinted across Central Kentucky. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, and most of all riding his Harley-Davidson. He was a fervent music lover, especially live music. Bill loved all animals and spent many years raising and breeding Labrador Retrievers. Watching UK basketball and football games, golf, tennis, and NASCAR racing were a few of Bill’s favorite hobbies. Above all else, Bill loved spending time with family. He will be remembered for his indelible kindness and gregarious spirit.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan E. Scott; two sisters, Bonnie (Steve) Thornton, Aimee (David) Severson; his devoted mother-in-law, Joan Kruthoffer; brothers-in-law Bobby (Caroline) Scott, David Scott, Mark Kruthoffer, Jay Kruthoffer, sister-in-law Debbie (Robert and son, Dodd) Kinder; nephews, Mitchell (Sarah) Thornton, David T. (Laura) Severson, Todd Severson, Talbott Severson, Dylan (Robbie) Severson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Andrea Bryan; and a nephew, Clarke Thornton.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home beginning at noon followed by a celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at Hopewell Museum in Paris. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Paris Animal Welfare Society (PAWS); Cedar Lake Lodge; or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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