Born and raised in Osceola, just down the road from Wilson, Bryant Whitted has spent his entire life in the Delta. An alumni of Osceola High School, Whitted was a multisport athlete in basketball, football and track, as well as a drummer in the high school band. Now the pastor at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Wilson, he sat down with us to talk about growing up in Osceola, his favorite football team and what’s kept him in the Arkansas Delta for decades.
Wilson, Arkansas: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bryant Whitted: I’m the pastor at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, and I’ve been the pastor there for 14 years. I live in Osceola, Arkansas, about 10 miles down the road, where I was born and raised. I’ve been in ministry since 2000 and preached my first sermon in October of that year. A week later I got married, on the 1st of November. That was a good week!
Wilson: What has kept you in the Wilson/Osceola area for so long?
Whitted: It’s a great area. I grew up here, and I know everyone. The town is small enough to know everybody. It’s close to metropolitan areas, where you can go in and yet come back to a nice, small hometown feel. I like to be able to know everybody.
Wilson: What are your favorite memories from growing up here?
Whitted: The rivalry between Osceola and Wilson (high schools) is one of the best football/basketball rivalries that can be. When Wilson and Osceola played, that was the highlight of everything. School rivalries are the best thing since sliced bread.
Wilson: What’s your favorite sports team?
Whitted: I like to watch the Dallas Cowboys play football; they bring flavor to it and make it interesting. For basketball, I like to watch the Lakers because they always bring an action-packed game.
Wilson: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Whitted: Just seeing people’s lives get better. To see a life change, to see families be stronger. I just love that. Greatest reward there is. A smile that’s on someone you’re seeing … who has not smiled before … it is precious.