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Mary Bracken Blackwell Bryson


Last updated 3/29/2021 at 4:19pm

Mary Bracken Blackwell Bryson, 92, of Brevard, peacefully went to be with her heavenly Father Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

A native of Brevard, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Odell Bracken and Elizabeth Hamlin Bracken. She was born Feb. 28, 1929. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James “Jimmy” O. Bracken; her first husband, David M. Blackwell; her second husband, Fred C. Bryson; and her son, Robert “Bob” D. Blackwell.

She attended Furman University to train as a nurse, but never worked in the medical field. She worked as a weaver in Endless Belt at Olin/Ecusta for over 40 years until she retired in 1991 at the age of 62.

She was referred to as ‘Mamaw” by her grandchildren, who found peace in her presence and comfort in her arms. She found joy in giving to others and always placed everyone’s needs as a priority. She lived through the Great Depression and was an avid bargain shopper and enjoyed searching for her next treasure at thrift stores and yard sales. She had the most generous spirit that a person could have and loved sharing her special finds with everyone. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and shared the fruits of her labor with everyone that visited her home. One of her true talents was painting. She was a very gifted artist and created many beautiful canvas paintings. Her family will cherish those creations for years to come.

She was a life long member at Glady Branch Baptist Church and was involved in many church activities. She faithfully attended every Sunday sermon and Sunday school for as long as her health allowed. She loved the Lord and lived her life as a faithful role model. Her impact on the lives of all those around her cannot be overstated. She spent a lifetime preparing for her journey to heaven. All that knew her knew that her joy truly came from her precious grandchildren and her Lord and Savior.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara F. Raines and husband, Pete; son, Henry “Hank” O. Blackwell and wife, Debra; grandchildren, April M. Witzel, Matthew D. McCall and wife, Jennifer, David T. Blackwell and wife, Alexia, Joshua D. Blackwell, and Crysta B. Dickens and husband, Phillip; great-grandchildren, Aubrey L. Witzel, Caleb D. Witzel, Ansley F. Witzel, Carson D. Witzel, Bradley D. McCall, Addison R. McCall, Paige N. Blackwell, Cindy M. Blackwell, Kathwren T. Blackwell, Robert C. Heim, and Daisy A. Dickens; great-great-grandchildren, Brayden D. Floyd and Auria M. Floyd.

A family visitation was held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, followed by graveside services with Rev. Allen Thompson and Pastor Wes Parker officiating.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory cared for the family.


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