Jerry Lee Bryson

July 14, 1953January 6, 2021

Jerry Bryson, 67, passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2021. He was born on July 14, 1953 in New Albany, Mississippi, a son of Dr. Roscoe and Mrs. Edna Bryson.

Jerry graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science degree in Hospital and Health Administration. After graduation from UAB in 1978, Jerry served in a variety of executive healthcare positions with Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, TN, Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville, TN, and also worked in Medical Practice Management in Nashville and Florence, AL until 1995 when he move to Charlotte to join Carolinas HealthCare System (now Atrium Health).

From 1995 until his retirement in 2017 Jerry held increasingly responsible Vice President roles in that fast growing system including physician practice management, ambulatory care facility acquisitions, strategic physician services and facilities planning and at the time of his retirement he also worked in CHS’ then new innovation and research division. When the system rolled out new and innovative services and programs, especially physician and outpatient centers, Jerry was usually somewhere in the background handling the research and planning or managing physician practices. He was very much a part of significant growth and development of CHS.

Jerry loved the healthcare field and the business of caring for others. His high standards and strong work ethic were driven by knowing that the community was the final benefactor of new medical services and locations that Jerry was involved in helping to create.

Jerry was a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a U.S., North Carolina and Charlotte Chapter member of the Medical Group Management Association.

Jerry was an active member of the Charlotte Rotary Club, a member of the board of the “Health Technology Center “and a founding Board Member of “Healthy Charlotte”.

One of his favorite community service activities was as an organizing task force member for “One Charlotte” where he and his son Nicholas volunteered.

Jerry had a few hobbies, like golf and reading. But when his children were born, they became the focus of his life. His absolute favorite thing to do was to spend time with his children. A more dedicated and loving father would be hard to find.

Surviving Jerry are his wife Blair Bryson, their children Nicholas and Caroline Bryson, all of Charlotte, as well as Jerry’s brother, Dr. Gene Bryson of Huntsville, AL.

Due to the Pandemic, services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the COVID Relief fund sponsored by The United Way of Central Carolinas and The Foundation for the Carolinas. Donations may be made by visiting


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Dean Cikins

January 16, 2021

I am so sorry for the passing of Jerry. He was a kind and dedicated man. I have known him for years through our healthcare volunteer work. Just last month we were supposed to catch up after he reached out to check in and he had to reschedule. Sadly we did not connect. He will be missed

Mike Bellissimo

January 14, 2021

My condolences to the Bryson family on Jerry's sudden passing. I just learned today and was so shocked and sorry to hear. My path crossed with Jerry's in the field of healthcare but was sustained by his kindness in staying connected and in touch. I will miss those touchpoints and his kind words. My prayers are offered for your grief and in remembrance of Jerry.

London Roth

January 14, 2021

I met Jerry when he reached out to learn about the work Humana was doing related to improving community health in Louisville. He was seeking to learn from others, share what he knew, and connect to his efforts in Charlotte. I appreciated his passion to positively influence the world and make and maintain connections; in the years since we've met he's sent holiday messages to check in on my family, and share about his who I know he was so proud of. My father, who was in Rotary with Jerry, shared the news this week. Holding Jerry's family close in my heart.

Pamela Molenaor

January 13, 2021

Jerry was my son-in-law, and there could never be a kinder or more loving person for his family. We spent a lot of time with him and his wonderful family when the children were little. There was not a better father, when he saw them, his face would show such love and warmth.
We have lost a good man and wonderful father.

Pam Molenaor

Terri DeBoo

January 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of this immense loss to us all.
I had the pleasure of being a fellow Rotarian and before this year of covid loved seeing Jerry’s warm smile each week.
My prayers for your family and friends. My hope is we all will to continue to let Jerry’s light shine in all of lives.

Joe Gasque

January 11, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I truly enjoyed getting to know Jerry and working with him through Healthy Charlotte. I respected him immensely and he became a great friend. God Bless, Joe Gasque

Laura Thomas

January 9, 2021

Jerry came to CHS the year after I did and we had crossed paths at HCA years before. We worked together on many projects. Jerry was an excellent analytic planner who had tremendous personal warmth. He worked tirelessly on all the projects he touched and was a repository of information for operational managers. He was very well-liked by all who worked with him. He was, first and foremost, extremely proud of his children. No casual conversations occurred that did not include loving references to Nicholas and Caroline. I was thrilled when Jerry turned into our neighbor. He will be missed. He left two beautiful children who should always hold in their heart how much their father loved them.

Stephen Wagner

January 9, 2021

Jerry and I worked together on a number of projects over the years at CHS. It was always a pleasure. We even attempted to solve the world's problems over lunch from time to time, but our children were always the center of the discussion.

My sincere condolences to Jerry's family, peace be with you.

Steve Wagner

Jim Olsen

January 9, 2021

I worked with Jerry on many projects at Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). During the 20 years we worked together, he displayed his high intelligence, exceptional work ethic and meticulous attention to detail. He was extremely loyal to CHS and would do anything in his power to support and improve the System.

Jerry was also extremely loyal to and supportive of his friends and colleagues. He was always sincerely concerned about them and happy to support them.

He was extremely proud of his children and treasured his time with them.

Tony Kouskolekas

January 9, 2021

Jerry hired me at CHS/Atrium and I will always be grateful for the opportunity. I spent 14 years at that excellent organization.

Jerry was one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known and he always had time for a good joke. He never forgot a birthday and always asked about my own family ever time we connected.

He lit up when he talked about his children.

Praying for peace for the Bryson family.