Willard Bryson


Willard Bryson, 77, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

A native and a lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Bud and Flora Bryson.

Willard was a member of Sunrise House of Worship and loved coon hunting, fishing and old westerns. He would also enjoy listening to gospel music and Bible tapes, but he truly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the Atlanta Braves.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Betty Ann Wilkes Bryson; his son, Charles Dean Bryson; his brothers, Ransom, Robert and Charles Bryson; his sisters, Lois and Kathleen; and his son-in-law, Ricky Mathis.

He is survived by his three daughters, Lynn Mathis of Balsam, Tina (Randy) Revis of Whittier and Lisa (Darrell) Pruett of Sylva; grandchildren, Tiffany Franklin, Joseph Mathis, Kayla Banks, Amy Tatro, Christy Maney and Tonya Pruett; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Brenda Price; stepmother, Mildred White. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2021, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Tim Dillard officiating.

The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.