Clipped From Asheville Citizen-Times
Rev. Ralph J. Bryan MARS HILL - The Rev. Ralph J. Bryan, 80, of Route 3, died Thursday Thursday in a Gastonia hospital. A lifelong resident of Madison County, he was a retired minister and farmer. He was a member of Ball Creek Masonic Lodge No. 397 AF&AM. He was a son of the late Edgar and Zetta English Bryan and the husband of Lillie Blankenshlp w jaii, wnu meu in june. Surviving are a son, Vaughn Bryan of Gastonia; a sister, Zell Hawkins of Mars Hill; a brother, Guy Bryan of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. great-grandchild. great-grandchild. great-grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday Saturday in Upper Laurel Baptist Church, of which he was a member. The Revs. Cline Hensley Jr., Lloyd Ponder Ponder and David Altaian will officiate. uunai will be in the church cemetery. cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Capps Funeral Home, where the body will remain until 30 minutes before services. services. At other times, the family will be at the residence.