William “Bill” T. Bryant, who strove to make Williamsburg a better place through years of civic activism and advocacy, has died at age 78.
Bryant was a Portsmouth native who came to Williamsburg to attend the College of William and Mary and never left.
Fellow community activists said the gentle man with a long pony tail left an indelible mark on the community.
“Not only was he a civic activist in the real, best sense of the word, he was a writer and historian who cared about the community,” said Wilford Kale, a local writer.
Kale first crossed paths with Bryant when both men were young journalists in Williamsburg in the early 1970s. Bryant reported for The Virginia...