Remembering the life of a beloved GSW Police Chief

Remembering a legend out at Georgia Southwestern today, Oris Bryant had been police chief at the school for years until his sudden passing last month. / Chris Brown

Remembering a legend out at Georgia Southwestern Saturday, Oris Bryant had been police chief at the school for years until his sudden passing last month.

Today friends, family, students and co workers came out to remember a man they just called 'Chief'.

It was a memorial service fit for a king but done with a chief in mind.

"It would be an injustice if we did not honor him," said Kwajalein Wallace, she wasn't going to speak today but she had to say something about the man, the chief, she called her friend.

"He was always encouraging about, you know," Wallace said, "whatever god has in store for you it's going to be for you."

More than 100 people turned out to remember Chief Oris Bryant, he died last month after suffering a massive heart attack

Today though was less about the loss of a man who served Georgia Southwestern as chief of police for years but remembering the impact he had on lives here.

"Students in particular were drawn to the guy," said University President Kendall Blanchard, "I think he was essentially a father figure, to a lot of kids especially the kids who lived on campus."

Blanchard said that's exactly why today's event was so important.

"Its hard to be happy when you're memorializing a beloved colleague but I'm certainly pleased with the turnout," Blanchard said, "and it certainly reinforces what I've believed all along, that there are a lot of people out there that have feelings for Chief Bryant."

Feelings for his spirit, his sense of humor, and his love of cooking.

"He was more comfortable with a spatula than a gun," said Blanchard, "and that was kind of his style, he realized his responsibility was to protect our students not just be the cop."

For Wallace, a disabled vet, It was small acts of kindness by the Chief that meant so much. She can't eat beef or pork but when it came time for his annual cookout she said, "Chief, did you get me turkey sausage, and he said yes, but only a couple for you, now don't you go back and tell other folks i did this, and that was the way he was."

A kind and gentle man who folks in Americus said did right by everyone.

A chief at work, a chief in life.

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