Death of the Accused


 

Roy Bryant
 

   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.

Army.

   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

great-grandchild.
 

 

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.