The Savannah community came together this past week to pay their respects to a couple of young men, who many say, left us too soon.
Edwin Morris, 51, passing away due to complications from an extended illness on January 31; Jibri Bryan, 23, passed away due to a gunshot wound while in Macon on February 2.
Known to many as “Julio” and “Chico” to others, Edwin had a colorful personality who never met a stranger. He didn’t have to be the center of attention but you could usually find him around the action.
The son of Floyd and Agatha Morris, Edwin was a two-sport athlete at Windsor Forest High School. He later played football at Savannah State for one season under coach Frank Ellis, Jr.
“Edwin was one of those guys who was never satisfied…he had a thirst for wanting to do different things” said Ellis.
While attending SSU, Edwin majored in mass communications. Later, he made his way to all three of the local television stations for work. He also logged some time in the classroom as a teacher; and during election season, he could be seen passing out flyers to help promote the candidates.
Edwin loved life, family, friends, his fraternity, his school and his community.
Family and friends filled into First Jerusalem Baptist Church on Saturday, February. 6 to remember Edwin. During the short service, which his parents requested, Rev. Damion Gordon, the church’s new pastor, gave some words of comfort. However, many considered the reflections made by childhood friend Wilhelmina F. Buckner as the words that set their minds at ease. Edwin was laid to rest at Laurel Grove Cemetery.
The son of Tyrone and Karen Bryan, Jibri was a man on the rise. He had already earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and a minor in management and was enrolled in graduate school in pursuit of his MBA, all at Mercer.
“Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him,” said Mercer basketball coach Bob Hoffman. “…I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus…Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family,” he stated.
He was a nominee for the 2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Team, which recognize student-athletes who serve their communities in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
Jibri had his best games last season with a career high 20 points against Rice. He pulled down career high 10 rebounds in games against VMI and UNC Greensboro. He was also a member of the Bears squad that defeated Duke in the NCAA tournament during the 2013-14 campaign.
Jibri’s funeral was held Tuesday, February 9 at Saint James Catholic Church located on Whitfield Ave and interment was at Catholic Cemetery.