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Elder Henry Bryson Jr.

Elder Henry Bryson Jr. was born on December 14, 1933, to Henry Bryson Sr. and Virginia Bryson in Argo, Alabama. A small community that produced a big heart. Elder Bryson graduated from the Walker County Training Shool after serving in the United States Army where he entered at the age of 17, fighting in the Korean war. Elder Bryson entered the war to help his family with money, though a child, he put aside his fears to help the family’s need. He would continue to show this characteristic throughout his life.

Elder Bryson was united in marriage to Forresta Juliet Hutchins on May 30, 1966 and migrated to Mansfield, Ohio. Elder Bryson worked various jobs throughout his working career, from the sanitation business he owned and ran from 1967 through 1979. He was employed at General Motors, where he retired after 30 years of service as a truck repairman.

Elder Bryson dedicated his life to God in 1970, becoming a minister at Greater Saint John’s Church of God and Christ in 1977. He later became an Elder at the now Oasis of Love Church of God and Christ. He loved them all very much. Elder Bryson enjoyed all sports, music, and talking to people about all things in life.

Elder Bryson was preceded in death by his wife, Forresta Juliet Bryson; parents, Henry Bryson Sr., Virginia Bryson; daughters. Alberta Winston, Grace Gamble, Shelia Perry, and Rita Farris; son, Henry Bryson III; grandchild, Rosa Bradley; sisters; Altheara Bryson, Ida Mae, Barbra Jean Murphy, Christina Williams, Martha Davis; brothers, Leroy Hawkins, George Edward Bryson.

Elder Byson was survived by Wilhelmena Scott of Chicago, Il, Herlin Eugene Farris Jr. of Miami Springs, Fl, Mona Lisa Bradley of Mansfield, OH, Terry Lee Farris of Mansfield, OH, Mack Gamble of Las Vegas, NV (Grace Gamble); sisters, Marie Williams, Ulysis Williams Town Creek, AL; grandchildren, Sandra Young CA, Albert Mason Winston Jr. CA, Otis J. Winston, Eric Scott IL, Aundra Gamble NV, Shonna Neighbors CA, Daruis Gamble NV, Kita Bradley OH, Falinda Farris OH. Steven Perry FL, Rita Bradley OH, Adeah Parker OH, Alvin McKnight OH, Victor Parker II SC, Jessica Juliet Farris OH and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday, May 13, 2024 at The Oasis of Love, 190 Chester Ave. Interment at Mansfield Cemetery Association. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, MANSFIELD CHAPEL, 753 McPherson St. (formerly Willams Funeral Services). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Bryson Family, visit

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