Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Bryant Vinson

Published 11:12 am Tuesday, April 24, 2012

MURFREESBORO – She was known by many names – mother, mom, Nana, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, caretaker, travel companion and friend. But most of all she was a child of God.

After a courageous battle against cancer, Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Bryant Vinson bravely surrendered on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, ending her seven-year fight against a disease that also claimed her mother, the late Blanche Joyner Bryant. Cindy was 62.

Born and raised in the Ashley’s Grove/Pinetops community of Northampton County, Cindy was also predeceased by her husband, Robert “Rock” Vinson of the home; her father, Hinton “Ray” Bryant of Murfreesboro; and her in-laws, John and Mable Vinson of Menola.

Cindy is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth V. Varel of Richmond, VA and her husband, Todd, and two step-grandsons, Tyler and John; and a son, Robert Bryan Vinson of Knightdale, his wife, Chrissy, and three sons, Robbie, William and Thomas, the latter born on the day preceding his grandmother’s death.

She is also survived by two brothers, Calvin Bryant of Ahoskie, his wife, Deborah, and daughter, Danielle; and Tommy Bryant of Milwaukee, his wife, Patricia, daughter, Rebecca, and son, Patrick and his wife, Jennafer, and children, Mackenzie and Laura.

Others left to mourn her death include an aunt, Dare Jones of Orange Park, Florida; brother-in-law, Dan Vinson of Knightdale; a sister-in-law, Mary Crozier of St. Louis, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; and her loyal and loving “second sisters” – cousins, Mary Ledden, Pearl Daniels, Shortie Lane, Mildred Brown and Georgia Burgess, all of the Pinetops community, and trusty chauffeur, Charlie Ledden. Another of those “second sisters,” Geneva Barrow of Jackson, died last month.

Cindy was a dedicated caretaker to her husband, father and mother during their individual health battles. She loved to spoil her grandsons, showering them with love and gifts, and was looking forward to welcoming another grandchild in October.

Other than enjoying the time spent in the company of family and friends, Cindy loved to travel and shop.

She was a member of Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 by the Rev. David Ross. Burial will follow in the plot adjacent to her husband in the Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery in Murfreesboro.

Visitation will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at Bridgers Funeral Home in Conway who is handling the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to VCU Massey Cancer Center, 401 College Street, P.O. Box 980037, Richmond, Virginia 23298.