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Courtney Smith Bryant



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Madeleine Watson (Bryant) Lewis (1919 - 2008)


Bryant Generation 10

Descendant # 5


Lewis, Cyrus Roys and Madeleine Watson (Bryant)


1.   Madeleine’s parents: Courtney Smith and Maud Elise (Reynolds) Bryant


2.   Madeleine’s birth: 13 November 1919 at her parent’s residence on Route 12 just outside the Village of Greene, Chenango County, New York.


     Madeleine’s death: 11 November 2008 from complications of old age in the nursing care portion of Kendall at Ithaca, 209 Savage Farm Drive, Ithaca, New York, where she resided.


3.   Madeleine’s formal education:




School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree






Greene High School, Greene, New York











4.   Madeleine’s marriage:


     a.  To whom: Cyrus Roys Lewis (photos) (more info)



(1)  Roy’s parents: Oscar Scott and Eva (Sage) Lewis


(2)  Roy’s birth: 8 February 1915 at Tuskegee, Alabama.


Roy’s death: Monday, 6 November 1989, age 74, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, Alabama after an extended illness.  Memorial services held 8 November at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Dothan, Alabama with Reverends Melvin Harper and Morris Slingluff officiating.  Interment at Memory Hill Cemetery, Dothan.


(3)  Roy’s formal education:




School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree






Dothan High School



University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Juris Doctorate (law) degree.  Elected President of the Student Government Association in 1936.


(4)  Roy’s military service:




School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree



US Army Air Corps during World War II.  Was a bomber pilot in the South Pacific; flew several missions against targets in mainland Japan.



Commanded the 505th Bombardier Squadron



Retired as a full colonel



(5)  Roy’s employment history:




Employer, location, job title






City of Dothan, Alabama; City Attorney.


(6)  Roy’s addresses before marriage:







Tuskegee, Alabama



Dothan, Alabama



South Pacific during World War II


     b.  Marriage date & location: Saturday, 26 April 1947 at Zion Church, Greene, Chenango County, New York.


     c.  Child: Sarah Stevens Lewis: Born 1948.


5.   Madeleine’s employment history:




Employer, location, job title









Troy State University; Professor of Literature.








6.   Madeleine’s addresses:







Maplecrest Poultry Farm, Greene, New York









1604 W. Newton Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303



Kendall at Ithaca, Triphammer Road, New York; a retirement and assisted living facility.


7.   Madeleine’s organizational affiliations:




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8.   Other biographical notes on Madeleine:


a. Madeleine and Roys met during World War II on Tinian, a small island near Guam in the South Pacific Theater of Operations, where Madeleine was very popular.  She told her daughter, jokingly, that following college there were no attractive men left in the United States, so she joined the Red Cross and expanded the search.  Both she and Roys were engaged to be married to other people, and the two couples double dated.  As those relationships wilted, a new one between Roys and Madeleine took root and flourished.


Roys was very concerned about how Madeleine would do in Dothan, Alabama.  Not only did he have an exceptionally domineering mother, but Dothan would be a cultural shock to any well-educated, northern girl.  His concerns were well founded, though Madeleine proved she was up to the challenge.  For instance, Roys’ mother, Eva (Sage) Lewis, and her sister, Placide, unexpectedly joined Roys and Madeleine for breakfast at their hotel the morning after their wedding.  Eva also resided with Roys and Madeleine the remainder of her life, actively participating in their social lives.



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