Penelope Lynn Bryant

August 12, 1943October 13, 2021


SMITHFIELD – Penelope Lynn Bryant, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at UNC Johnston Health in Smithfield, NC.

A Celebration of Her Life Service will be held at a later date.

She was born August 12,1943 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Charles and Miriam Lawyer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Dean Sanders II, infant daughter Jeannie Sanders; grandsons, Gregory Paul Sanders and Richard Dean Sanders III; brother, Terry Lawyer and sister, Samantha Hocker.

Penny worked many years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart and as a caregiver which she excelled at for whomever it was. After living in Hobart and Crown Point, IN, her and husband Tom retired in Cottonwood AZ before making their final home in Smithfield NC. She had a passion for sewing and gifted everyone with her beautiful work, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and sharing a good laugh. Penny will be forever loved remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Bryant; children, Lori Baker (Jeff), John Sanders, and Brett Sanders (Jackie), daughter-in-law, Leslie Sanders; step-son Dan Bryant (Kathi); brother, Andrew Lawyer (Leslie); sister-in-law, Freda Lawyer; brother-in-law, Bob Hocker; and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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McLaurin Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bryant family.


  • No Services Are Planned For This Time


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Kathi B

October 16, 2021

So many fond memories through the years. We love you and miss you.

Gab B

October 15, 2021

Dear Grandma Penny,

I am so thankful I got to see you one last time. I loved the memories of being babysat in the summer by you and Grandpa. Your life was blessed, and you gifted me with love for all the years I knew you. Thank you.