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MILLS RIVER - Frank Bryson, 89, of Mills River, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Universal Healthcare of Fletcher after a period of declining health.
He was a native of Mills River and the son of the late Everett and Leona Israel Bryson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Whitaker Bryson; sister, Florine Crawford and brothers, Fred, Carroll and Albert Bryson.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Germany and France in the 3rd Army under the command of General Patton.
He was employed before retirement by General Electric and was also a farmer. He was a member of the Mills River Lions Club and the VFW for many years.
He is survived by his children, Lloyd F. Bryson and his wife, Susan, Linda B. Smith and her husband, Ben, of Mills River, and Marie B. Speagle and her husband, Glenn, of Hebron, Conn.; sister, Ida B. Lance of Arden; grandchildren Mary S. Cassetta and her husband, Rich, Joey Smith, Aaron Speagle, Zachery Speagle and Bryson Speagle; great grandchildren, Ashe and Raine Cassetta; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Thos. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel with Rev. Greg Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Emanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 112 Rays Place Lane, Horse Shoe, NC 28742 or to Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 56 Mount Gilead Church Rd, Mills River, NC 28759.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 9, 2012