To the good citizens of Walton County,
I have decided to end my self-imposed media silence. From the beginning of this journey, I thought only of my family, by keeping personal matters private. Even to date, family members still remind me of the way I dispensed a certain Atlanta TV news crew from in front of my parents’ house, the day after this tragedy.
On Feb. 7, 2017, after two days of trying to contact my parents, and among eerie feelings and certain events not making sense, I called the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and asked they meet me at my parents’ house in Good Hope. Thus began the worst experience of my life, so far.
Once they arrived, and made their discovery, they cleared the premises and called in supervisors and the GBI.
I know how intense the sheriff election had been the year before, but I can tell you Walton County is very lucky to have a man like Joe Chapman. The level of caring, professionalism and detail cannot be any more appreciated by me personally (I can’t speak for the rest of my family).
I’m not sure if I am supposed to list individual names, so, from the victim advocate at the WCSO who kept us up to date and stood outside the house all night in the February night air, to the deputies, the investigators and, most specifically, Sheriff Chapman, I say “Thank you!”
If you have not heard yet, my nephew entered a guilty plea on March 6 to most of the charges against him, including the murder of and concealment of the deaths of my parents. This plea guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
In closing, I would like to thank all of you, the lifelong friends and family who came to the funeral home on Valentine’s Day 2017 to pay respect to my parents. I was told by some they had been in line for an hour and a half. Thank you for allowing my family the space for grieving when needed and the support when we didn’t know we needed it. All of this was truly a blessing and a testament to the lives Charles and Bettie Bryant lived.