Opheila Bryant named August "Who Powers You" winner

Ophelia Bryant, "Who Powers You" winner for August

“Miss O is a dynamo! I have benefited from her knowledge since I was in the 4th grade. From the county fair to  securing help for our folks as a member of the SVECares board, she is always available and willing to help. Her energy and attitude inspire us all."

 — Fran Kelly, from her nomination form


In recognition of her many years of service to her community, the “Pocket” and the rest of Marion County, Ophelia Bryant, “Miss O,” has been selected from the nominations received from SVEC members as the August recipient of the SVEC Who Powers You Contest.


Ophelia Bryant —The Facts:

• Ophelia Bryant grew up in the Griffith Creek area of Marion County, married Harley Bryant at the end of World War II and moved to the Pocket community

• An educator in the Marion County School System for over 40 years, she began her career in a three-room schoolhouse in the Pocket before moving to Jasper Elementary where she spent most of her first 30 years. After retiring, she spent another 10 years as a substitute teacher. A long-time 4-H volunteer leader, she later continued her work with youth as a 4-H program assistant for the Marion County Extension Service.


• She and Mr. Bryant and their children, Linda Inglis and Clyde Bryant, took leadership roles in establishing the beautiful Chimney Park located in the Pocket. She has also been a hard worker and strong supporter in her church, Green’s Chapel United Methodist and a member of the SVECares board of directors since it began in 2000.



“Devout family member, loyal lifelong educator and dependable community servant describe Mrs. Ophelia Bryant. She is an invaluable asset to Marion County UT-TSU Extension. Mrs. Ophelia has been involved in Marion County Family and Community Education Club for almost 30 years.  She has served as president of the club for several years and participates in service and leadership activities and events at the county, regional and state levels. She continues to focus on education and projects that enhance family and community life.

Mrs. Ophelia has served on our county Agricultural Committee and been a 4-H Volunteer Leader for many years. She has served in a variety to capacities from judging competitions to assisting with financial simulations. She is always willing to teach others interested in learning. 

Mrs. Ophelia has a passion for helping youth and providing opportunities to help them succeed. Countless youth have benefited tremendously from her generosity and servant heart.

I consider Mrs. Ophelia a dear friend and great mentor. Being associated with her and her family has been a wonderful blessing."

— Vicky Lofty, Marion County Extension Agent and County Director