WAYNESVILLE — Jackie Dean Bryson, 67, passed away at home on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Jackie was born in Haywood County on Sept. 16, 1951, to the late Ruby Bryson Reece. She was a hard working woman who loved being outside and walking in the mountains. Jackie was straightforward with a dry sense of humor, but also very kind hearted. She would do without so that others would have what they needed.

Jackie had a heart for all animals. She was a great nurse having worked in numerous facilities in Haywood and Buncombe Counties.

In addition to her mother, Jackie was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Isabelle Bryson; brother, Roy Bryson; niece Sheena Bryson and stepbrother, Bobby Joe Nelson.

Jackie is survived by her stepbrother, Carroll Nelson (Jean); sister, Carla N. Messer; lifelong best friend/chosen family, Beth Earley; stepsisters, Elizabeth Bryson and Sue Capps (Carl); sister-in-law, Sharon Bryson; niece, Shanna Hall; nephews, Jeremy Messer and Clayton Bryson; and her precious dogs, Tuffy and Little Girl.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Rev. Eric Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Inman Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to SARGES Animal Rescue or the Haywood County Animal Shelter.

The family would like to thank the Haywood County Sherriff’s Office, EMS and Rescue Squad.

Garrett Funerals and Cremations is caring for the Bryson family. www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com

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