An East Texas man is saying goodbye to a long career at a school district he loves, retiring after 45 years of service. During his time at Longview ISD, 92-year-old John Jack Bryant has gained the admiration of students and staff.
Bryant is now done after 45 years with the district, but not because he's tired. He wanted to work more.
"Its awful to come out here and work 4 hours in the morning and then sit down for the rest of the day. It just doesn't fit me," Bryant says.
A painter and maintenance worker, he says he always gave it his best.
"My boss told me you've got a job here for as long as you want to work, that's what keeps you living," he says.
Bryant is always recognized by his Longview Lobo ball cap.
"Yeah i got 5 or 6 of them," says Bryant.
And his cheerful attitude.
"I have enjoyed every minute of it," he says.
"You'd tell him what needed to be done and he'd take care of it and he'd do a great job. They just don't come like Jack anymore," says LISD transportation director Ray Miller.
He was honored with a ceremony and party on his last day and has a flood of memories over his career.
"Oh man I loved it, I loved it. Young people, whatever you do, do it right and keep at it," Bryant says.
His frank honesty endeared him to even those he didn't like.
"One man, I told him to his face, I said I like you, but I don't like your ways. He said what do you mean? And I said by that you're just too damn lazy. He said well thank you for telling me," says Bryant.
Bryant says, for now, he will continue to work three days a week with his daughter on rental properties.
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