Clara “Mamaw” Bryson, 72, of Cullowhee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, June 10, 2019. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Annie Sims. Clara was a member of The Summit Church and she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and her beloved Heidi.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Robert, her son Darron Bryson, her brother Johnny Sims and her sister Ruthalene McClung.

She is survived by her son, Dade Sims (Shandra) of Cullowhee; two grandchildren, Tiffany Sims and Wyatt Sims (Katelyn), both of Cullowhee; great-granddaughter Clara “CC” Sims; brother Terry Sims (Rosemary) of Hendersonville; sister Helen Clark of Cullowhee; niece Angela Sims Pitts (Scott) of Sylva; and great nieces Annie and Ella.

Clara is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and some very dear and close friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Summit Church, c/o Sheila Gibson, 486 Fairview Road, Sylva, NC 28779 or to the charity of your choice. An online registry is available at