Nellie Bryson Obituary

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Nellie June Bryson

June 30, 1921 - August 7, 2014
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Nell McDonald Bryson 1921 – 2014 Nell McDonald Bryson, died August 7, 2014 with her family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Wiley Caywood McDonald and Loretta Viola Allen McDonald. She was born June 30, 1921 in Yancey County, NC. She was predeceased in death by her husband Rev. Hubert C. Bryson who died in 2001 and one granddaughter who died in 2013; two brothers Leslie McDonald, R. B. McDonald, one sister Ruby Wood, one half brother, Bill Barnes. She was a graduate of the class of 1939 and went to work after graduation at the NYA at WCU. She grew up during the Great Depression and saw her brothers off to...

Nell McDonald Bryson



1921 – 2014



Nell McDonald Bryson, died August 7, 2014 with her family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Wiley Caywood McDonald and Loretta Viola Allen McDonald. She was born June 30, 1921 in Yancey County, NC.



She was predeceased in death by her husband Rev. Hubert C. Bryson who died in 2001 and one granddaughter who died in 2013; two brothers Leslie McDonald, R. B. McDonald, one sister Ruby Wood, one half brother, Bill Barnes.



She was a graduate of the class of 1939 and went to work after graduation at the NYA at WCU. She grew up during the Great Depression and saw her brothers off to WWII, then later her only son and a son-in-law were sent to Vietnam. She saw a President assassinated; then the accused gunman shot. She lived during the Civil Rights marches and riots and finally after 100 years since emancipation; she saw the rights of all people signed into law. Her children were never taught the prejudice that seemed to permeate most of the south in the 1960’s.



She believed in kindness to all people, including alcoholics and those down on their luck. She was recycling long before it became mandatory; knowing there is no more land; we must protect what is here now.



She loved the arts; and music from classical to gospel to bluegrass. She loved reading and her library included many of the classics. She loved her flower garden and to play her organ. Neighbors would stop in the road and listen to the beautiful old hymns wafting through the trees.



She loved flying “Oh how beautiful it is up here” and 34,000 feet above the ground was not frightening; only beautiful.



She was a talented seamstress and each of her children and grandchildren received one of her beautiful quilts to treasure. She continued to do extensive research on the internet tracing the family genealogy back to Scotland and France. She was a devout Christian, and never started her day without her Bible and prayer. She assisted with many Vacation Bible Schools as well as taught Sunday School.



Children and animals trusted her and small children in churches would bring their most treasured possessions for her to safeguard while they played (including bottles, stuffed toys and sometimes frogs!). Neighbor and niece Norma had a dog named Cody who would come and stay with her when Norma went to work. Norma called her “Aunt Nell; you’re going to kill me; Cody brought your checkbook home and put it in his bed.” He hadn’t bothered it; just guarded it for her thinking she had forgotten it.



Her family was the most important thing in her life; she loved them all “Even when the halos were crooked”. One of her gentle admonitions to whichever family member made the statement that life was being unfair to him or her was “Get a grip; life is tough”. Her legacy will be the unfailing love she showed and the unquestioning faith she held onto for her entire life. The example she set for all of us will remain.



She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Bryson Freeman (Howell), Carol Bryson Allen (Lloyd), Judy Bryson Parris (Dean) and one son Kenny G. Bryson and his first wife and mother of his children Patricia Smathers Bryson Carswell. Grandchildren, Angela D. Allen, Melba C. Allen, Greg Freeman, Krista Freeman Lambert, Christopher K. Bryson and Michael S. Bryson. Great grandchildren, Paige Alexis Tester, Sydney Lambert and Noah Jess Lambert. Brooke K. Biddix, Michelle B. McClure, Aaron Biddix, Jeremiah Biddix, Haeli Bryson and Rhiley Bryson and five great great grandchildren.



She is survived by one half sister, Faye Barnes Stewart of Carrollton, GA, and James Barnes of Asheboro, NC.



A Celebration of Life and funeral service will be at 2:00PM Saturday, August 9 in the chapel of Garrett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until the service at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville.



Pallbearers will include: Howell Freeman, Greg Freeman, Noah Lambert, Dean Parris, Harold Stewart, Paul McDonald, Gene McDonald, Michael Bryson and Chris Bryson.



The Bryson family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Pass, Dr. Dittie Phillips, Dr. Martini and the nursing staff at Haywood Regional Medical Center and the Homestead for the incredible, compassionate care she was given.



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