Couples: Rachel and Norman Bryant Jr.

HIM   Norman Bryant Jr.

Native of: Conway.

Education: Wonderview High School; bachelor’s degree from Central Baptist College.

Job: Train conductor, Union Pacific.

Military service: United States Navy.

Parents: Janie and Norman Bryant Sr.

Hobbies/special interests: Playing cards, classic automobiles, looking for old coins and fishing.

How would you describe yourself: Easy-going.

Favorite restaurant in the 501: Old Chicago.

Most enjoyed weekend activity: Hanging out with friends and family while watching college football.

Favorite quote: “Success is a lot of small things done well.” — Ray Lewis

What do you love about living in the 501: Because it is home.

HER   Rachel Bryant

Native of: Searcy.

Education: Harding Academy, Searcy Beauty College and Central Baptist College.

Job: U.S. Army, recruiting and retention.

Military service: Enlisted May 2, 2006, in the Arkansas Army National Guard, with one combat tour in Iraq.

Parents: Sherry and Johnnie Johnson of Truman (Poinsett County).

Community activities: Soaring Wings half marathon and volunteer at Toad Suck Daze.

Church activities: Attend Robinson and Center Church of Christ.

Hobbies/special interests: Running and working out.

How would you describe yourself: Fun, easy-going and helpful.

Favorite restaurant in the 501: Pasta Grill.

Most enjoyed weekend activity: Spending time with family, and getting a massage.

Favorite quote: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

What do you love about living in the 501: Everyone is so nice, willing to help others and active in the community. 


Residents of: Conway.

How we met: Norman met Rachel at Pizza Inn while she was waiting on his table.

The proposal: Front porch at Rachel’s mom and dad’s house on their one-year anniversary.

Wedding bells: Nov. 7, 1998, in Searcy at Lightle House Bed and Breakfast.

Children: Avery (16) and Chloe (14) Bryant and two foster kids.

Pets: Cupcake and Lucy.

Family activities enjoyed together: Watching movies and going to Conway Wampus Cat football games.