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Jeannette Bryson

Jeannette Farmer Bryson, age 100, passed away on January 1 in Sylva. She was born July 20, 1920 in Whittier, NC to William S. Farmer and Ollie D. Nelson Farmer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alden Erwin Bryson and her two sisters, Juanita Farmer Proffitt and Aloha Farmer Vann.

A lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was a graduate of Western Carolina University, with an MA in Education. She taught elementary school for more than 35 years, most of that time at Scotts Creek Elementary School. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and Scotts Creek Baptist Church, where she was church librarian for many years.

She is survived by her son, Erwin Nelson Bryson and his wife, Lynda, of Greensboro, NC. Grandson, David Alden Bryson and his wife, Monica, of Littleton, CO. Great-grandchildren Sabrina Elizabeth Bryson and Oliver Jacob Bryson. Niece, Wenona Vann Nelson and nephew John Proffitt.

A graveside service will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens for the immediate family. A memorial celebrating her life will be held at Scotts Creek Baptist Church on July 24, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Brank and Juanita Farmer Proffitt Scholarship Fund at Western Carolina University. Contact 828-227-7124, or  memorial gifts may be mailed to Western Carolina University Foundation, Suite 201 HFR Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Make checks payable to the WCU Foundation and write Brank and Juanita Farmer Proffitt Scholarship in the memo line.

Funeral arrangements provided by Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C.

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Loved Mrs Bryson! She was my 4th grade teacher and friend. My mother, Louise Ashe, did her hair at my moms beauty shop as well as most all the other teachers at Scotts Creek Elementary School. We attended Scotts Creek Baptist Church together for many years. What a beautiful lady inside and out. Loved her!

Jimmy Ashe Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

I was lucky to be one of Mrs. Bryson's students and I have always remembered her as a dedicated and very sweet person. Her smile made everything that worried us ok again. What a blessing she was to all of her students. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Shelly Busa Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

It was a great honor to have my children be in Mrs. Bryson class at Scott Creek School.. We actually stopped to talk to her at the nursing home. She was an excellent teacher and loved her students. She influenced many and inspired them to do their best. She was a wonderful Christian lady and .the Lord had given to her a long life. .May all the family find comfort in the difference she made in others lives with her Christian values.. Thoughts and prayers ... B.T. and Audrey Greene.

Audrey Mimi Greene Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

Mrs. Bryson was my fourth grade teacher at Scotts Creek School. She was a good teacher and a great person. She influenced a lot of children in her time as a teacher and lives were better because of her. I later would call her a friend when I was honored to be her hairdresser. She was a wonderful Christian lady and my life was blessed because I knew her. To her son and family, my sincere condolences.

Sharon Henry Carden Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

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