Mary Ellen Drose Bryant, 74, widow of James R. Bryant, died on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Born in Sumter, a daughter of the late William E. and Ellen Doris Hicks Drose, Mary was a member of Midlands Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Surviving are a son, James R. Bryant Jr. (Shirley) of Effingham; two daughters, Shirley Parker and Debra Lynn Walston (Brian), both of Sumter; a brother, Daniel Drose of Sumter; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sumter Cemetery with Pastor Jim Tuggle officiating.

The family received friends Saturday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.