Vigil held for Tommy Bryson

Tommy Bryson Courtesy: Bryson Family
Tommy Bryson Courtesy: Bryson Family


HENDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Hundreds gathered Wednesday to remember Tommy Bryson at a vigil.

Deputies say the 68-year-old Mills River man was murdered by Phillip Stroupe II during a manhunt spanning western North Carolina.

Bryson’s body was found Sunday night – four days after family say he left his home to drive his sister to a doctor’s appointment.

Deputies say Bryson was kidnapped and murdered by Stroupe, who was caught driving Bryson’s truck.

Bryson’s funeral will be held Saturday at Hendersonville First Baptist Church.

Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.