Pastor Franklin O’Bryant


Pastor Franklin O’Bryant, age 86. Heaven Sent July 5, 1934 in Orangeburg, SC and Heaven Bound April 30, 2021 at Avita Healthcare. Franklin grew up in Wilmington, DE and moved to Marion, OH in 1968. Son of the late Julius and Lucinda O’Bryant, he graduated from Howard High School in Wilmington before serving in the the U.S. Marine Corp for three years. He met and married Betty C. Jones and was married for 50 years and to that union was a son born. After being called into The Gospel Ministry, he established and pastored I John Church of God n Christ in Marion, serving until his transition joining the Heavenly Host. After 30 years of employment, he retired from Eaton Corporation devoting the remainder of his time to The Gospel. He chaired the Christmas in July Ministry of Ohio South Church of God in Christ, member of NAACP, President of the International Ministerial Association (IMA), member of Pastors Prayer Breakfast, Board Member of The Salvation Army, member of The Mayor’s Committee, served as a member of Love Inc, and State Treasurer for Ohio South. He also had a nursing home ministry. Locally he presided over the CIJ Distributions. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Betty; step daughter, Trina L. Floyd; brothers, Julius, Simmie and Thomas and sister Mattie. Pastor Franklin O’Bryant is survived by his spouse, Cheryl L. O’Bryant, whom he married in 2012; also surviving sons Donald (Linda) Way of York PA and Timothy (Abbie) O’Bryant of Mansfield, OH; sister, Lila B. O’Bryant of Wilmington, DE; brothers, Wilbert M. O’Bryant of Wilmington, DE and Limos Curlee O’Bryant of Minneapolis MN, 8 grandchildren, a number of great grandchildren; uncle, Calvin Cannada, aunt, Ann and Leon Jefferson; brother in law, Edward Small all of Mansfield and sister in law, Annette Brownlee of Maryland and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Friday, May 7, 2021 at Maddox Memorial Church of God In Christ, 1148 Walker Lake Rd. Interment at Grand Prairie Cemetery in Marion, OH. Family will receive friends at 206 Rae Ave. Mansfield Wednesday and Thursday 5PM-8PM.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Danielle Parks

    You have my deepest condolences I am praying for your entire family. May the peace of God watch over and protect you all

  2. Corrine E Scott

    To the family, of Elder O’bryant, I send my deepest sympathies, and prayers.

  3. Brenda Feagin

    Condolence to the family and friend’s .of Elder O’Brian. Words cannot express our.deepest sympathy.
    Brenda Feagin and family.



  5. Heartfelt condolences to Cheryl and the entire O’Bryant family. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence and Carmen

  6. Marilyn Larkin

    Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Pastor O’Bryant. He was a faithful Advisory Board Member at the Salvation Army here in Marion. We have missed him since he left our board. You are all in our prayers.

    Your friends at the Salvation Army Marion Ohio Corps

  7. RD 'Doug' Bowling

    Thoughts, prayers and Blessings are with the many family, friends and loved ones of this fine man. May the Peace of God which passes all understanding be with each of you through this time of great loss and grief. Having known Franklin leaves no doubt that he now walks in the Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  8. Robert W. Orians

    Rest in peace faithful man of God . Pastor Frank labored long in Gods Vineyard and he is now enjoying his reward . Frank and my Dad worked together at Eaton and Dad had a great respect for him . Many times he told me of Franks faithfulness and obedience to the Word of God . He was a great light in the darkness and will be missed .

  9. I am deeply saddened to hear of Franklin’s passing. It was a privilege to be he nurse at the VA. I am thankful to have had a chance to know him. What a wonderful heart and person. Prayers and love to his family.

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