Truman Earl Bryce, 89, of Arlington, Texas stepped into the presence of his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Monday night, December 4, 2017 after a long battle with a blood disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndromes. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, James Colin Bryce, his older brother, Hilton Hall Bryce, and his parents, Willie Harland and Thelma Hall Bryce.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Kitty Lee; sons, Michael Earl Bryce, Sr. and wife, Ellen, of Mesa, Arizona; Walllis Hilton Bryce Sr. and wife, Kim, of Mansfield; and daughter, Lee Ann Bryce and partner, Lisa November of Fort Worth; grandchildren: David Allison and wife, Sunny; Laura Bryce Jones and husband, Nick of Globe, Arizona; Rebecca Bryce of Mesa, Arizona; Michael Early Bryce Jr. and wife, Kjerstin of Edmond, Oklahoma; Conner Bryce, Crystal Bryce, Chloe Bryce and Wallis Hilton Bryce Jr.; and great-granddaughters, Kate and Samantha Jones and Reagan Kaye Bryce.
Truman was born in McKinney, Texas on May 30, 1928. The family moved to Arlington in 1942, where early in his teen years he began a life-long love affair with photography. His first camera was an Argus C3, which was followed by several Speed Graphics, many Nikons, and later several Leicas.
His talent as a photographer led him to cover many important events in the growth of Arlington, such as the installation of Dr. E.H. Hereford as President of NTAC which later became Arlington State College in 1951, and the groundbreaking of the General Motors Plant in 1954. Most recent was the opening of Wade Family Funeral Home on Pioneer Parkway in 2003.
Perhaps the most enjoyable for him was his coverage of Arlington High School football games, which included the 2A State Championship game in a new Baylor Stadium in December of 1951. He filmed all the games including the years his first two sons played for the Colts. In 1975, he took a hiatus for a period of time until his friend, John Reddell, called and persuaded him to film his new team, the Trinity Trojans. Later, when his youngest son entered Lamar High School, he was asked to film the Viking games, which he did until filming was replaced by video done by assistant coaches everywhere. His last game was coverage of the Bi-District play-off between Lamar and Dallas Carter in the Cotton Bowl.
Truman also filmed weddings and other events from the late '40's through the early 2000's where one of his clients was the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Lots of funny stories came out of that era shooting the yearly Youth Auctions at the annual Stock Show.
In 1999, he was invited by the Fielder Museum to produce an exhibit of black and white photographs from the 40's and 50's to celebrate the coming of the 21 century. He later gave his first camera to the Museum and it is currently on exhibit there.
During more recent years his interests in cameras moved to include Photoshop manipulation, providing many hours of pleasure in front of his big screen Macintosh.
Truman attended Arlington High School where he lettered in both football and basketball. He served as President of the Class of 1945, the Student Council and Student Body. After graduation, he enrolled at North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) where he majored in Physical Education. His first job was teaching swimming and diving at the Arlington Meadowbrook Park pool where he also worked as a Lifeguard. Following that, he went to work as a salesman and photographer at Vandergriff Chevrolet Company.
In 1947, he met Kitty Ruth Lee of Grand Prairie, Texas and they were married four years later in the First Methodist Church of Arlington on June 15, 1951. They shared a love for boating and water sports which quickly let to their first boat. In 1955, Truman built a boat house on the new Lake Grapevine. It was completed shorty before the birth of their first son, Mickey. Wally followed, 20 months later. It would be 3 years before Lee Ann was born. It would be 7 years before Colin would arrive and complete the family circle.
Truman worked in the insurance industry for many years; first for Happy King, then an agency of his own before going to work for an underwriter, Commercial Standard Insurance Company of Fort Worth in their Title Insurance Department. He supervised agents in 22 states. He moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1978, to become General Manager of a Title Insurance Company. Returning home to Arlington in 1982, he began a free lance photography business while working for Coronado Builders.
Truman was saved and baptized as a child in a Baptist church in McKinney, Texas. When the family moved to Arlington in 1942, they attended First Baptist. After marriage, he began attending First Methodist Church Arlington. It was there in 1970 during a Lay Witness Mission, that he came into a closer relationship with his savior, Jesus Christ, and began to study His Word. The family was active at Pantego Bible Church until the family moved to Kansas in 1978. He has been an active member of Grace Covenant Church since 1997 and continued to love the study of the bible as taught by his favorite teacher, a nuclear physicist named Arthur R. Crawford, who was a part of The Manhattan Project during WWII. Dr. Crawford served for 42 years as pastor of Riverside Bible Church in Columbus, Ohio and the inerrancy of scripture was a hallmark of his ministry. Truman continued to listen to his sermons until his death.
In recent years, he and Kitty adopted a little girl in Peru through Compassion International and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be directed to Compassion International in Colorado Springs, CO.
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