Mr. Elwood Bryan, 99, of Bladenboro went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 10, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Annie Williams Bryan, and Nina Hester Bryan; Lucille Dowless Bryan, his loving wife of 68 years and son, Ralph Otis Bryan; brothers: Bostic and Wilton Bryan; sisters: Ruby Singletary, Geneva Dove, Annie Armstrong, and Nellie Dowless.
He is survived by one brother, Herbert Bryan and five sisters: Elease Shelton, Ella Rose Tyndall, Linda Ward, Jane Armstrong, and Nina Singletary; two sons: Randolph Bryan (Marilyn) of Fairmont, Arnold Bryan (Barbara) of Bladenboro; two daughters: Delores Wilkes of Bladenboro and Avary Brisson (Mickey), also of Bladenboro; nine grandchildren: Derrick (Eden) Wilkes, Tara Birchall, Dawn Smith, Aaron (Jane) Bryan, Jim (Ashley) Bryan, Devin (Courtney) Brisson, Anthony (Jen) Bryan, Adam (Stacie) Bryan, Leslie (Jep) Whitlock; nineteen great-grandchildren: Weston Birchall, Dallas Smith, Morgan Birchall, Bridgette Smith, Katie Birchall, Zachary Wilkes, Afton Bryan, Quinn Wilkes, Aidan Bryan, Noah Brisson, Fairley Whitlock, Maggie Bryan, Zander Bryan, Sarah Brisson, Sealey Whitlock, Brayden Bryan, McKenna Bryan, Hawkins Bryan and Anna Grace Bryan.
Mr. Elwood was a man of great faith. He attended Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church. During those years, he served on the Deacon Board and taught Sunday School to the youth. Needless to say, I doubt you will find one in the last 68 years that he did not make an impact upon their life in the Oak Grove Community. Mr. Elwood and his faithful wife, Lucille, were essential in starting the League on Sunday nights for the youth. During his lifetime with a joyful heart, he strived to be a blessing to others. At every opportunity, he told others of his first love-Jesus, his church, his family and always ended the statement with "I love everybody!" But most importantly, he wanted to make HEAVEN his home.
A private service will be held for immediate family due to Covid outbreak.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church 1423 Oak Grove Church Rd, Bladenboro, NC 28320.