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Michael Bryant Renfroe
  • June 23, 1953
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  • March 08, 2022

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Michael Bryant Renfroe passed away peacefully on March 8, 2022. Bryant had suffered from a stroke, December 21, 2019.  For the last six months he resided in Port Orange, Fl. With his caregiver, Dr. Mae- Ellen Bailey. She made sure Bryant enjoyed the Florida sunshine and had the best of care. Also, Jenny and Doug Dwyer for taking on the responsibility of his care, after Bryant’s husband passed away August 27, 2021. Previously he resided in Southampton, New York.

 

Bryant had lived a full life. After graduating from S.R. Butler High School in 1972, Huntsville, Al.  Bryant went to the Scientific Beauty Academy in Huntsville Al. Where he learned his skill as a Hairstylist. He also had a Dog Grooming Business, The Master’s Lead.

 

Later, Bryant moved to Orlando, Fl. working as a Stylist with Regis Salon. A call from Disney World changed Bryant’s life forever.

Joan Lunden, working for ABC’s Good Morning America, needed a Stylist for the Disney Christmas Parade. Bryant was chosen from a staff of forty at the Regis Salon.

Impressed with Bryant’s talent, Bryant was called to come to New York City to work with ABC as Joan’s stylist. After working with Good Morning America until 1987, Bryant made the move to work with Kathie Lee Gifford on “Live with Kathie Lee and Regis”. Bryant was also working with Barbara Walters on ABC’s  20/20.

 

 Later, Bryant joined Barbara Walters on a new show “The View”.  Not only was Bryant a stylist for Barbara, but he was also, at times, a featured guest. Giving viewers ideas for new styles, makeovers and new hair products.  At one point he was a spokesperson for Ogilvie.

Bryant’s biggest accomplishment was winning eight Emmy’s for “The View” and styling Barbara’s hair. He was excited to bring the first Emmy to Huntsville to show his family. Mellijo and Willie Renfroe, who preceded him in death.

 

Bryant traveled the world with Barbara Walters, until her retirement in 2014. Meeting President’s, Dignitaries, The Daila Lama, Celebrities. Visiting the Taj Mahal at Sunrise and seeing the sun set in Venezuela.

 

Bryant also retired, leaving New York City to move to Southampton, New York, to be with his spouse Joseph Dwyer.

Bryant got his Real Estate License and joined the Corcoran Group and started a new career. Bryant and Joseph enjoyed helping clients finding the perfect Hampton home.

 

They both enjoyed their five fur babies, cooking, gardening and sitting by the pool. Bryant enjoyed his Smooth Hair fox terriers. In retirement, showing them in several dog shows, winning ribbons, for their achievements.

 

Bryant is also survived by his sister, Anne Hammett and Spouse Lanny, Nephew Lon Hammett, Hazel Green, Al. Lottie Elliott, Danville, Al. Great Niece, Tempie Hammett and Great Nephew, Lars Hammett. Joseph’s family of brothers and their wives. Also, many friends Bryant has made along the way, including Bill and Dana, Brad LaRosa, Linda Finson and Sheryl Steeves.

 

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paw It Forward Foundation.

Paw it Forward Foundation

16 White Pine Rd. Ste 1A

Hermon, Me

Veno@mnbpawitforward

No formal services will be held. Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, Port Orange, Fl. was in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Rhonda and Ricky Huskey lit a candle:
    19 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 19, 2022 at 3:49:01 PM

  2. Deborah Malone says:
    17 Mar 2022
    I am devastated. I loved Bryant and will always remember him as a Gentleman. I cannot remember if it was Junior High School or High School, but as soon as I got on the school bus, Bryant would always stand up to give me his seat. In recent years, after not hearing from each other in 45 years, we reconnected through Facebook. He saw a painting I did, and offered to buy it. He bought it on a Saturday night, and Sunday morning he asked me to paint a companion piece to the original painting. Later, he hired me to do a pair of wooden sculptures, that were reminiscent of a singular piece that his beloved husband, Joseph, had done when he was a youngster. I never knew if Bryant really liked my work, or if he was being a gentleman, and being kind to this single Mom of a chronically ill son. As the kind gentleman that he was, it would not surprise me, if he was worried about me financially, and he was helping me out. He was a wonderfully, sweet man, extremely handsome, multi-talented, and I will remember him as a true friend until I leave this earth. Soar with the Angels, Bryant! I loved the time I had with you.

  3. Bill Geddie says:
    16 Mar 2022
    It has taken me a week to work up something to say about the passing of Bryant Renfroe. It’s hard to sum up a life in a few words on Facebook. I won’t try. For 27 years he was there beside me for every shoot - every day of “The Barbara Walters Special”, every “10 Most Fascinating People”, every episode with BW on “The View” (Not to mention every publicity event from GMA to Letterman to ET). We were in the same business after all. We were making sure Barbara Walters looked good. He was her hairstylist, traveling companion, and confidant. We bonded over being outsiders to the NYC media world. He from Valdosta, me from OKC. We could “go country” together at the drop of a cowboy hat. He was funny and laughing with him is what I will miss the most. One of my proudest moments was when he and Joseph asked me to be Best Man at their wedding. Gay marriage had been recently legalized and we went to City Hall to tie the knot. Our driver tried to tell them that what they were doing was a sin. I’m not much of a rebel, but telling that man to mind his own business was truly gratifying and thinking of it today makes me smile. I can’t possibly piece together all Bryant meant to me. We were in this together. We made a boatload of television and we were proud of our work in the end. What more can you ask? Rest In Peace.

  4. Rita Brand lit a candle:
    16 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 16, 2022 at 3:07:15 PM

  5. Anne Hammett says:
    14 Mar 2022
    My sweet brother, I am so proud of the Man you became. Your will to accept all the challenges you faced the past two years is amazing. I will always cherish our childhood memories, conversations we had about the craziest things, time we spent together in Louisville, Ky. at the Dog Show, when McCoo became your new fur baby. You were so excited to show him that first time. The Broadway Plays when Daddy and I came for a visit. So many more memories. I miss you so much, but I am at peace because now you are at peace.
    I love you,
    As you would call me,
    " Sister Cleave"
    (Anne Hammett)

  6. Anne Hammett lit a candle:
    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:15:02 PM

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    14 Mar 2022
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    14 Mar 2022
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  9. Linda says:
    14 Mar 2022
    Bryant , you will forever be in my heart . Thank you for your friendship… I am grateful how an interview with Barbara Walters introduced us in 1984. You have always been there for me… I will cherish you and your memory. May you forever live in the beauty you created in everyone whose life you touched. I love you Bry

  10. Marcia DeSanctis says:
    14 Mar 2022
    Bryant was a friend and confidant, and always made you feel singularly loved. We traveled a bit together back in the day, and he always kept calm, and kept me calm as well. This is so very sad, and I carry many great memories of him.

  11. Marcia DeSanctis lit a candle:
    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:33:49 PM

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    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:59:20 PM

  13. Dana DiTrani says:
    14 Mar 2022
    RIP sweet handsome man!! I know the will, want and zest for life you had. You will be missed xoxo

  14. Dana DiTrani lit a candle:
    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:37:02 PM

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    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:34:37 PM

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    14 Mar 2022
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    14 Mar 2022
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  18. Jenny Dwyer lit a candle:
    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:02:45 PM

  19. James Kiernan posted an image:
    14 Mar 2022
    Visiting Bryant , Joe and I brought one of the babies. Made his day right before Covid struck
    Visiting Bryant , Joe and I brought one of the babies. Made his day right before Covid struck

  20. James Kiernan posted an image:
    14 Mar 2022
    Visiting Bryant we brought one of the babies to visit Rehab for Bryant to pick up his spirits. Just before Covid nightmare Feb. I miss them both . He was so happy this day
    Visiting Bryant we brought one of the babies to visit Rehab for Bryant to pick up his spirits. Just before Covid nightmare Feb. I miss them both . He was so happy this day

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    14 Mar 2022
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    14 Mar 2022
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    14 Mar 2022
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  24. Sandy Morris lit a candle:
    14 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 14, 2022 at 3:19:07 PM

  25. Dr Mae-Ellen J Bailey says:
    14 Mar 2022
    What a roller coaster ride this past few months have been! Beach days, Doctor’s visits, OT, PT, you really did your best trying to overcome the challenges you were dealt. We were a great team, with the support of many family and friends, especially from Jenny, Doug, Devann and Parker.

    You have taught me many things Bryant about LIFE and about myself. It has been an honor to care for you. I so appreciated the way you would just light up all over whenever Baby Parker would Skype
    us at bedtime so you could say good night, it warmed my heart to know you thought she was the sweetest too.

    You put up a good fight, I am praying you have found the peace you were searching for.

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    14 Mar 2022
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    14 Mar 2022
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  28. Brad LaRosa says:
    14 Mar 2022
    Bryant was an original. Anyone who ever met him will never forget him. When I started working with Barbara Walters, Bryant was one of the first to call and welcome me-- I'll never forget that. Bryant had a great sense of humor and he always made everyone laugh and smile. RIP my friend, we will miss you. xo

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