Opal L. Franks Bryson, age 88, of Glenville, passed away Nov. 25, 2020, after suffering from the effects of dementia the past couple of years.
Our sweet little mama’s body gave out and the Lord took her home on Thanksgiving Eve to be with him and the mother she missed so much. She was a strong-willed, strong-minded woman who never met a stranger.
Opal was born Feb. 7, 1932, to Lewis Bert Franks and Floda Mae Hooper Franks, the last of their 11 children. She was a member of Hamburg Baptist Church since the age of 13. She liked shopping at Walmart, eating at Ryan’s, and she loved her four children with all her heart.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Neil Bryson; sisters Pearl, June and one infant; brothers, R.L., Everett, Clyde, Marion, Fred, Myron, J.C. and Lewis.
She is survived by her sons, Lewis B. and wife Vickie of Glenville and Mocksville, Garry Lee of Glenville, Steve and wife April, of Sylva; daughter, Linda Bryson Powell of Rosman; grandchildren, Shannon B. Bryson, Davin and Doran Powell, Zachary and Cody Bryson, Holly Bryson Evett, Corey Bryson; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Shannon, Monroe, Madison, Elijah, Jeremiah, Thomas Cooper, Kolton.
Graveside funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. at Hamburg Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Leonard Luker officiated. Pallbearers included Randy Bryson, Hubert Bryson, Anthony Franks, Brent Franks; honorary pallbearer, Jessie Franks.
The family received friends Monday from 2-3 p.m. at the graveside prior to the service.
The family would like to thank the staff at Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C., for the attentive care of our mother this past year.
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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., served the family.