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Funds set up for late hunter's family

Father died in fall from tree stand

POSTED: December 1, 2012 12:34 a.m.

Several funds have been established to help the family of a man who died Monday after falling from a tree stand.

Members of Abundant Life Church, which the family attends regularly, have established funds for the wife and two children of Jeffery Lane McBryant.

Senior Pastor Mark Smith said the McBryants have attended the church on Samples Industrial Drive since it was founded 11 years ago.

“He was at our first service,” Smith said of Jeffery McBryant. “He ran the sound and just did anything and everything.”

Smith said the church is accepting direct donations to help cover funeral costs.

“We’re trying to take that burden off of his wife, Lisa,” he said.

In addition, a trust fund has been established at Regions Bank for McBryant’s son, Elijah, and daughter, Carly Beth.

Friends of the family have also set up an account through Pay Pal, which can be accessed online at

McBryant and his son were hunting deer about 5 p.m. Monday in a remote, wooded area of south Forsyth near the Chattahoochee River.

Elijah McBryant called 911 after he and his father fell 15 to 20 feet out of a tree stand.

Authorities have not said what caused the two to fall. The state Department of Natural Resources is handling the investigation into the accident.

Emergency officials took the son to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for treatment, but the older McBryant was pronounced dead on the scene.

Smith called Jeffery McBryant “an incredible man.”

“He was a great dad, a great husband and just served,” he said. “He didn’t meet a stranger and he always made everybody feel welcome. The first time you met him, you walked away feeling like you had met your best friend.”


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