On the evening of Saturday, December 24, 2022, Capt. Roy Horace Brian, Sr. (Ret.), age 69, of Zirconia, North Carolina, passed away following a brief illness at his residence. A native of Catawba County, North Carolina, born January 02, 1953, he was the son of the late Horace and Bertha Walker Brian.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Paul Brian.
Roy worked full time for Hendersonville Fire Department, where he proudly served the citizens of Hendersonville and Henderson County, while at the same time volunteering with Green River Fire Department, working with Hendersonville Housing Authority and Sears Roebuck and Company. Following many years Roy retired as Captain.
Roy loved to teach firefighters, and because of his guidance several firefighters would not be where they are today if it was not for Roy. He taught in Western North Carolina and as far east as Wilkesboro and beyond and in between. He was an instructor for Blue Ridge Community College, Isothermal Community College, Haywood Community College, McDowell Technical Community College, and AB Technical Community College. Roy loved to fish, hunt and working on guns in his spare time. He was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church in Zirconia.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 33 years, Rebecca “Becky” Corn Brian; one son, Roy Horace Brian, Jr.; one daughter, Bethany Ann Morgan; one grandson, Carson; one granddaughter, Kali; and one great grandson. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and many friends he met along his journey.
A celebration of Mr. Brian’s life will be held on Monday, January 02, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Double Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Maybin, Rev. Robbie Henderson and Rev. Michael Lewis officiating. Interment will follow the service at Pace Cemetery.