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Annabell Breland was born on December 13, 1946 to the late Will and Emma Miller. She went “home to be with the Lord” on July 8, 2022, after a brief illness.
Annabell was born in Anderson, South Carolina but relocated in the late 1950’s to New York City with her parents. She attended and graduated from JHS 263 and Thomas Jefferson High School. While attending JHS 263 she met her husband the late Hiawatha Breland and unto this union was born three children, Bryant Breland, Angela Breland and Sherone Breland. These were her biological children however, Annabell was “mother” to many.
Annabell was active in the community. She was a member of the Tenant Association, Tenant Patrol, volunteered at Silva Klein Day Care and Brooklyn Developmental Center and assisted with a Bible Study Group. She and her late husband touched the lives of many through their work with the Little League Baseball Team in the 1970’s. Annabell had various employment experiences such as at the Mastermade Corporation, Time Square Supermarket, Alexanders Distribution Center, Mercy Group Home for Children and Manhattan Psychiatric Hospital. However, her passion was always to help others which led to her employment with the Department of Social Services - Human Resources Administration. She held various titles and positions in her over 20 years as an employee such as Clerical Supervisor, Assistant to the Director of Food Stamp Fiscal Operations. As a supervisor she supervised over 20 employees and was in charge of Payroll Distribution. Annabell retired from the Human Resources Administration in 2007 but not before receiving multiple awards and certificates such as the Professional, Accountability and Integrity Award and others. After her retirement she relocated to her hometown of Anderson, South Carolina.
Annabell enjoyed a variety of activities such as reading the Bible, attending church, concerts, plays, dining out, cooking, traveling and making doll clothes for the many dolls she collected. She most enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and planning family events and activities. Annabell was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She always put others before herself and taught her children to put God first and the importance of self-respect, education and honesty. Annabell started her Christian Walk at an early age when she joined Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Townsville, S.C. When she relocated to New York she first became a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and then Greater Bright Light Baptist Church, both in Brooklyn, New York. When she relocated, back to her hometown, she resumed her attendance at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and also attended Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Anderson, S.C.
Annabell Breland leaves to mourn: two sons, Bryant Breland, Anderson, SC and Sherone Breland, Anderson, SC, one daughter, Angela Breland, Staten Island, NY, four grandchildren, Kittrell Breland, Kenyon Breland, Joshua Breland and Justin Breland, two brothers, Willie Miller and Eddie Miller, two sister-in-laws, Betty Miller and Theresa Miller, two daughters-in-law, Diane Breland, and Angela Lark-Breland. One uncle, Sammy (Pauline) Miller, special nieces Tabatha Gambrell, Adrienne Chillious, Pasha Miller and Keisha Miller, a host of nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding her in death is her sister Shirley Chillious.
The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2022 in the Ollie Robinson Brown Memorial Chapel of Marcus D. Brown Funeral Home. The interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery. Public viewing will be held on Sunday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.