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Funeral set for Thomas Bryson

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A funeral service has been scheduled Saturday for Thomas “Tommy” Andrew Bryson, the Mills River man who was kidnapped and murdered last week.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Hendersonville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Scoggins officiating.

Here is the obituary from Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors:

Thomas Andrew “Tommy” Bryson, 68, went home to be with Jesus on July 30, 2017. He was born May 12, 1949, in Hendersonville, to the late Robert and Aileen Sitton Bryson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bryson was preceded in death by his brother Arnold T. Bryson and his sister Sarah Bryson LaBerge.

He graduated from West Henderson High School in 1967 and was a lifelong resident of the Mills River Valley. He was the co-owner of Appalachian Stove & Fabricators, in Asheville, for 40 years, until his retirement, in 2012.

Tommy is survived by his his wife, of 48 years, Allison Lynette “Lynn” Bryson; his sons, Richard Bryson of Greenville, SC, and Joseph Bryson of Mills River; sisters Elaine Bryson Pettit of Mills River and Marguarite Bryson McGraw of Mills River, brother Robert Forrest Bryson of Fruitland; and six beautiful grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Hendersonville First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Scoggins officiating.

The family will receive friends, at the church prior to the service from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Tommy’s memory be directed to CAMS/Haiti Mission Service, P.O. Box 111, Hendersonville, NC 28792.