Death of the Accused
Roy Bryant Sr., 63, of Ruleville
Died Thursday, Sept 1, 1994, at the
Baptist Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Williams &
Lord Funeral Home Chapel in
Ruleville. Burial followed in the
Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville.
Mr. Bryant served in the U.S.
He is survived by his wife, Vera
Jo Orman Bryant of Ruleville; a
daughter, Carol Ann Coats of
Pontotoc; three sons, Roy Bryant Jr.
of Bridge City, Texas, Thomas L.
Bryant of Raleigh, N.C., and Frank
Bryant of Greenville; three step-
sons, Bruce Gregg of Estes Park,
Colo., Gary Gregg of Hernando, and
David Gregg of Collierville, Tenn.;
three sisters, Doris Bryant of
Ruleville, Mary Louise Campbell of
Ruleville and Alene Winston of
Bellbrook, Ohio; a brother
Raymond Bryant of Dresden, Tenn.;
a half-brother, Dan W. Milam of
Eupora; 14 grandchildren and one
Roy Bryant died on September 1, 1994, and his obituary was published in the Bolivar Commercial on Tuesday, September 6, 1994, p. 12. This paper is published in Cleveland, Mississippi, six miles from Bryant’s home in Ruleville. The photographs of the grave were taken on February 6, 2005. Note that someone has written “Killed Emmett Till 1955” and “Race Murder” on the headstone (the graffiti had been removed by the time I visited the grave again in September 2005). Bryant is buried near two of his brothers. Note also that after Bryant and his first wife, Carolyn, divorced, he married his second wife on the 26th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.