Frank Canler ‘Topper’ Bryson

Sep 13, 2013

Concord — Frank Canler "Topper" Bryson, 92, of Concord passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Morningside Assisted Living in Concord.

Mr. Bryson was born Oct. 1, 1920 in Jackson County to the late Charles Vance Bryson and the late Willie Mae Bryson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Avis Virginia Bryson, and two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Bryson was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Philippines during WWII. He received his honor of The Purple Heart last year with the assistance of The Midland American Legion, after his original records were destroyed by fire. He retired as a sergeant with the N.C. DMV with 28 years of service. Mr. Bryson was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Rural Hall, where he served in many capacities such as treasurer, putting flags on graves to honor veterans for the holidays and anything the church asked of him.

The family will receive friends at Bethel United Methodist Church in Midland from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Mark Clontz and Dr. Carl Fisher.

He is survived by his son, Stephen Bryson (Bobbie) of Midland; sisters, Louise Franklin Davis of Waynesville and Patsy Bryson Champ (Ron) of Rantoul, Illinois; grandson, Scott A. Bryson (Elizabeth) of Haymarket, Virginia; granddaughter, Karla Bryson Hurst (Bobby) of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and great-grandchildren, Zachary and Savannah Hurst, and Lane, Ashley and Luke Bryson.

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 12700 Idlebrook Road, Midland NC 28107 or The American Legion Midland Post #433, P.O. Box 383, Cabarrus Station Road, Midland NC 28107.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Bryson family. Online condolences may be made at

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