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Florence – Funeral service for Mrs. Ella Osborne Bryant will be conducted 11:00 AM Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Mt. Zion AME Church, 1305 E. Cheves St., Flo., SC. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens of Florence directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mrs. Ella, the daughter of the late Joe and Daisey Osborne, was born April 22, 1921 in Hartsville, SC. She died Friday, May 25, 2018.

Mrs. Ella was joined in holy matrimony to Henry Bryant.

Mrs. Ella was a faithful member of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church and served as an active member of the Stewardesses Board #1, until her health declined.

Mrs. Ella was employed with Marlowe Manufacturing Company where she retired in 1985.

Survivors include her husband, Henry; a son, Tommy (Dianne) Bryant, a daughter, Doretha Wadlington; five grandchildren: Nannette Haynesworth, Edward V. Bryant, Tommy Bryant Jr., Ciara Bryant and Devon Wadlington; fourteen great grandchildren: Brandon (Janiece) Thomas, Deon McKnight, Shakylah Bryant, Nadiah Bryant, My‘Ashia Haynesworth, Bryant and Brailynn Harley; five great-great grandchildren; a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at 617 N. Bradford St., Florence


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  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Words cannot express the sympathy that we feel right now at the loss of Mrs. Bryant. She was always very nice and very kind. It is our prayer that God will continue giving you comfort and strength
    ~ Audrey Davis & J. Dale Black   Florence, SC
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    To Tommy, Dianne, and the Bryant family. I am so sorry for your loss. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to your family...(Praying for you all) May the memories keep you all going.
    ~ Dr. Lurma Swinney (WHS class of 1975)   Florence, SC
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Too Mr. Henry, Tommy (Dianne) and Doretha , I am sorry for your Loss may God continue to bless you, will continue to Pray for you (Ms. Ella) was a beautiful and caring person, Love Sallie
    ~ Sallli Park   Florence, SC
  • Sunday, June 03, 2018
    May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God loves you and he cares for you, through talking to God in prayer, and from God's Word, the Bible. Psalm 36:7 says: "How precious your loyal love is, O God! In the shadow of your wings, the sons of men take refuge". Psalm 62:8 "Pour out your hearts to him. God is a refuge for us". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 147:3; Isiah 41:10,13)
    ~ Rachel Morton
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old 9and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez