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Orangie M. Busby

July 22, 1939 — August 3, 2021

Celebrating the Life Of
Orangie Mae Bryant Busby
Sunrise: July 22, 1939 - Sunset: August 3, 2021

Funeral services for the late Orangie Mae Bryant Busby, affectionately called “Pinky” by her family of Kansas City, MO formerly of Plains, GA will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the Park Lawn Funeral Home with visitation starting at 12:00 p.m., services to follow at 1PM and her burial will follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Orangie Mae Bryant Busby was born on July 22, 1939, in Plains, Sumter County, Georgia to the late Marie Bryant-Payne and Arthur L. Sweeney. She transitioned on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

At an early age, she joined the Lebanon Baptist Church, Plains, Georgia, where she was a member of the Young Women Christian Club and sang in the Choir. Orangie graduated from Plains Jr. High School in Plains, Georgia and graduated from Staley Sr. High School in Americus, Georgia at 16 years old. She moved to New Jersey and took piano lessons from Birdie Johnson in Mt. Clair, New Jersey. There she excelled in playing the piano and organ. She would sing in church choirs and continued her mastery of the piano and organ.

Orangie was the Senior Choir Pianist for Spruce St. Mathews Baptist Church and was pianist for church choirs for over 35 years. She would put on Gospel Music Workshops all around the country especially in the Missouri and Oklahoma areas. She was honored as one of The Gospel Pioneer Women of Kansas City. She retired from the Social Security Administration with over 47 1/2 years of dedicated service.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Marie Bryant Payne and Arthur L. Sweeney, Sr.; her stepfather: Forris B. Payne; her grandparents: Burlond Bryant and Bessie Lee Raven Bryant; her brothers: Jerry Payne and Chester A. L. Sweeney Jr.: her aunts, Gladys Bryant Watson, Essie Bryant English and Bessie Bryant Cole: her uncles, Burlond Bryant, Jr., William C. Bryant, Johnie A. Bryant and Joseph C. Bryant.

She leaves to cherish her memory a son: Gerald J. Warren Jr. of Kansas City, MO: her extended daughter, Amy Warren of Kansas City, MO: her sisters, Juanita (Henry) Bryant-Burwell of Roselle, New Jersey, and Sharon (Carmine Sr.) of Washington D.C.: her brothers, Forris Payne Jr. of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Donald (Bernice) Sweeney and Ronald (Octavia) Sweeney of Kansas City, MO: her aunts, Ms. Clottee Bryant Wadell, Albany, GA, Ms. Occie Bryant Washington, Archbald, PA and Ms. Nathelma Bryant Iverson, Plains, GA; her grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends also survive.

Service Information:

Visitation will be 12PM, with services to follow at 1PM, Saturday, August 14 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri; burial in Green Lawn Cemetery.

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