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Rev. Abraham "Odell" O. Breland

September 25, 1928 ~ July 11, 2021 (age 92)


Rev. Abraham "Odell" Breland died on Sunday, July 11, 2021.  He was 92 years old.

Born in Ruffin, SC, on September 25, 1928, he was the son of Mary Ella Crosby Breland and Robert Osborne Breland.  He graduated from Walterboro High School and Mars Hill Baptist College, Carson-Newman Baptist College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He pastored Pleasant View Baptist Church of Patrick Springs, Virginia, Glen Oaks Southern Baptist Church of La Punta, California; Immanuel Southern Baptist Church of West Covina, California; Mount Zion Baptist of St. George, SC; Canaan Baptist Church of Cope, SC; Edisto Baptist Church of Cope, SC; Rivelon Baptist Church of Orangeburg; First Baptist Church of Bamberg, SC and Hunter's Chapel Baptist Church in Bamberg, SC. He was honored with Pastor Emeritus at Canaan Baptist Church of Cope, SC, and at Rivelon Baptist Church of Orangeburg, SC. He was also on the Orangeburg District 4 Schoolboard for many years.

Rev. Breland lovingly and diligently served God wherever he was sent and in all seasons of life. He was always building or fixing something for anyone in the community who needed it.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna Grindstaff Breland of the home; children, Dianne B. Smoak (Carl), Stanley Breland (Kathy), Jerry Breland (Marie), and Roger Breland (Doris) as well as his grandchildren; Kelly Schurlknight (Lee), Carey Smoak (Wesley), Lewis Smoak (Lindsay), Miranda Hunt (Allan), Robert Breland (Rebecca), Justin Gilliam (Kaitlin), Jacob Breland, Hannah Breland; and great grandchildren; Kayla Joye, Hunter Schurlknight, Kaylee Schurlnight, Annsley Smoak, Cristan Smoak, Morgan Smoak, Carissa Smoak, Olivia Smoak, Elijah Smoak, Jonathan Martin, Parker Hunt, Robbie Hunt, Savannah Breland, and Samson Breland; and his devoted “fur baby” Pepper.  He is also survived by his sisters Sarah B. Cope of Greenville and Elsie B. Hill of Beaufort. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert "Elliot" Breland and Joe Breland, and sister, Jennie B. Polk of Westboro.

Memorials may be sent to the church of your choice.

Special thanks to Edisto Hospice Group and Circle of Love Care.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at Canaan Baptist Church, 4977 Cannon Bridge Rd, Cope.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Rev. Larry Williams, Rev. John O’Cain and Rev. David Mitchell will be officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, 1012 Whitman Street, Orangeburg.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Smoak, Wesley Smoak, Robert Breland, Lee Schurlnight, Allan Hunt, Jacob Breland and Justin Gilliam.



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July 13, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thompson Funeral Home, Inc.
1012 Whitman Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115

Funeral Service
July 14, 2021

11:00 AM
Canaan Baptist Church (Cannon Bridge Road)

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