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Mae Bryant

April 1, 1932 — August 17, 2021

Shelby, North Carolina

Mae Ruth Ledbetter Bryant, 89, passed away peacefully from cancer on August 17, 2021 at her home and heaven gained another angel.

Born on April 1, 1932 in Cleveland County, Ruth was the daughter of the late Fred O. Ledbetter and Hattie Mae Moore Ledbetter. Ruth was a proud member of Flint Hill Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She loved singing in the church choir as well as teaching Sunday school at Flint Hill. In her later years Ruth was unable to attend church but stayed active by sending cards to church members for every anniversary, birthday, wedding announcements, birth announcements, sympathy, and get well cards.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Royce Ernest Bryant as well as a brother, Eddie Monroe Ledbetter. She is survived by a son, Fred and wife Katharine Bryant of Shelby, NC, a daughter Roycette and husband Mike Splawn of Chattanooga, TN, five grandchildren, Shannon Jewell of Charlotte, NC, Kelly Allen of Marietta, GA, Barry Bryant of Shelby, NC, Keith Splawn and wife Amy of Marietta, GA, and Brian Splawn and wife Megan of Chattanooga, TN, and ten great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Cleveland Memorial Park on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:00pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Memorial contributions can be made to ALSAC/St. Jude Children's

Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 and Wendover Hospice of Cleveland

County, 953 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

“Footprints in the Sand”

One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

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Graveside Service

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Cleveland Memorial Park

1225 College Ave, Shelby, NC 28152

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