Mark Wesley Brax
- February 8, 1989 - April 14, 2012
- Columbia, South Carolina
of Mark's Passing
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Caryl my heart is so sad for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Leslie Rufus - Pauline, SC - Friend of Grandmother Caryl Brax Apr 28, 2012
On behalf of myself and CASE Consulting we keep you in prayer. And thank God for having allowed Wesley to be part of your life.
Posted by: Calvin Wise - Columbia, SC - Co-worker of parent(s) Apr 24, 2012
Mary Beth, Pat and I cannot imagine the agony you and your family are going through. What a fine young man has left us, but for some reason God needed him. Know that you and your family are in our prayers and more prayers every day. Your Mom and your family have meant very much to me and my husband and know we are here for you and your family>
Our love and prayers,
Vicki and Pat Parker
Posted by: Vicki and Pat Parker - Columbia, SC - friend of family Apr 23, 2012
Mary Beth, words cannot express how deeply saddened Jayne and I were to learn about Mark's accident. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by: Pete & Jayne Holland - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 21, 2012
Our sincere condolences to all of the family.
Posted by: Jorma and Kaija Itkonen - Kajaani, Finland - Harri Brax is Jorma's cousin Apr 21, 2012
Mary Beth and Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to you and your family. From what I have read, Wesley was a very talented young man and a wonderful person. I know you were proud of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Kenny Green - Hopkins, SC - Friend of Mary Beth Apr 21, 2012
Mary Beth and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Wesley. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Posted by: Robin Trinter - Columbia, SC Apr 20, 2012
We are so sorry to learn of Wesley's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Sally Trask
Posted by: Sally Trask - Davidson, NC - Friend of family Apr 20, 2012
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Caryl for a number of years and she spoke of Wesley often. He was so special to her.my sincere condolences to all of the family.
Posted by: Kathy &David Ferriter - Moore , SC - friend of Caryl Brax Apr 20, 2012
I am very sorry for the loss of Wesley. He sounds like a wonderful person and I am sure he is making Heaven that much brighter for us.
Greg, Ann, Samantha, Sydney, and Ian Campbell
Posted by: Greg Campbell - Knoxville, TN - Friend with Mary Beth Apr 19, 2012
It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of such a well-lived life.
Posted by: USGBC SC Chapter - Mount Pleasant, SC Apr 19, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in this very trying time. May God Bless you and keep you.
Posted by: Brandy Loy Williams - KNOXVILLE, TN - Friend Apr 19, 2012
To the family of Wesley,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I am a freshman at CCM and was very close to Wes. He was always so kind, gentle, respectful and giving to me. Please know that you are in my prayers and I will keep Wes in my heart forever.
Posted by: DJ Plunkett - Cincinnati, OH - Friend Apr 19, 2012
To Wesley's family - I am so sorry for your loss. Over the years Caryl shared so many stories about Wesley everyone at Sally Foster, Inc knew just how much love that Grandmother had to share! The choir here will never sound the same.
Peace and Prayers to you all.
Posted by: Judy McCormick - Blythewood, SC - Friend of Grandmother Apr 19, 2012
On behalf of your friends in Dickenson County, VA, my family and myself, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies for your loss. I will always remember how glowingly you spoke of him as a proud father should. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with each of you during this time.
Posted by: David Moore - Clintwood, VA - Friend of Wesley's father Apr 19, 2012
Wes was in my class at Governor's School and I believe we also went to Tri-DAC summer arts camp together in middle school. Wes was always such a positive, fun-spirited person to be around, and he had a beautiful voice. I was extremely saddened to hear of his loss, but he will never be forgotten by his classmates, friends and family.
Posted by: Malia Griggs - Columbia, SC - Classmate Apr 19, 2012
I remember having both Wesley and Daniel in my class at the First Disciples Church Day Care. They were such sweet little boys and I found Wesley and Daniel to be the most polite children I have ever encountered in all my years of working in Child Care.
Rest in peace in God's loving arms Wesley.
Posted by: Patricia Roberson Lewis - Columbia, SC - Classmate/Friend of Wesley's mom Apr 19, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of the untimely death of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Gloria & Harry Hinson - Friends of the family Apr 19, 2012
On behalf of the Bradley Family, we would like to express our deepest sympathies, during this difficult time. We pray for peace and comfort during this time, and would like you to know we will continue to pray for your family.
Posted by: Curtis Bradley - Columbia, SC - Friend of the Father Apr 19, 2012
Dear MaryBeth, Robbie and family
Clark and I were so very very sorry to hear about Wesley. What an amazing young man! We are praying for you now and will be in the comings days.
MaryBeth and Debbie, the Clemson ChiO alum group is also upholding you in thought and prayer.
Posted by: Nancy Young Curry - Davidson, NC - Friend Apr 19, 2012
On behalf of Anderson School District One administration and school board, we send our sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Wayne Fowler - Williamston, SC Apr 19, 2012
The loss of a son to you is incomprehensible. The loss of such a talent to the world is a tragedy. We pray that you will be strengthened by the prayers offered. Our hearts ache for you, the family and friends.
Posted by: Ben Compton - Lexington, SC Apr 19, 2012
Robbie, Mary Beth, and Family - There is so much tragedy in this world that sometimes we become numb to it...but losses such as yours bring us together in ways that are beyond our understanding even from distant lands. May God bless each of you in this time of loss and give you some comfort in knowing that Wesley was so cherished by so many. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this time of loss. Lieutenant Colonel Jeff & Janice Wyatt
Posted by: Jeffrey T. Wyatt, Sr. - Friend of Family Apr 19, 2012
Mary Beth,I send you and your family have my deepest heartfelt sympathy on your lost of such a beloved young man.Just know that God will wept away all tears and sorry. John 14:18 "No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm - I will come to you." Much blessings be unto you.
Posted by: Queenie M. Boyd - Bishopville, SC Apr 19, 2012
Mary Beth, Family and Friends:
Words simply cannot express the heavy hearts we have for you during this horrific tragedy and difficult time. It is truly amazing to read all the wonderful tributes about your son's accomplishments, talents, and the many testimonies from all over the world of the lives he touched while on this earth. I know as Mark Wesley's Mom you are heartbroken; yet so very proud. Hold close to your heart the wonderful memories you shared. I hope
Posted by: Jennifer Elliott - Charleston, SC - Colleague - ADC Engineering Apr 19, 2012
Priscilla and Mary Beth - you and all of your families are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy at this tragic loss in your lives. I pray that God will wrap His strong and loving Arms around you and give you the peace, strength and courage to face the days ahead without Wesley in your lives! Heaven gets to be a sweeter place to look forward to when we have a precious loved one go before us! Do not worry about tomorrow, for God is already there! With love and devotion to you all! Gale
Posted by: Gale Rigby Kennedy - Columbia, SC - family friend Apr 19, 2012
I'm just devastated by the news of Wes's passing. He was a student in one of my theory classes last spring at FSU. Not only was he a wonderful, musical, and conscientious student, but his bright and cheerful demeanor made each class more enjoyable for everyone. He simply radiated joy, which is a rare and marvelous gift. Also, I got to hear him perform in the opera last spring and was absolutely blown away by his talent. We've truly lost
Posted by: Michael Buchler - Tallahassee, FL - Professor Apr 19, 2012
Robbie, I was sorry to hear about your son Wes. I did not know him but he must have been truly amazing. Everyone here that knows you at Anderson School District 1 is thinking about you today. Our sincere condolences to you and your family members during this difficult time. Steve Uldrick
Posted by: Steve Uldrick - Williamston, SC Apr 18, 2012
Wesley really blew everyone away at the SC Metropolitan Opera Auditions. I called him to get him to sing for the Columbia Opera Guild which in did in February, 2012. Everyone was amazed at his talent and loved him as a warm and delightful person. We all were excited to have such a talented and promising young man from Columbia as well as such a down-to-earth, genuinely nice guy. We are all so sorry to learn of this loss--the world has lost a very talented and special person. Van Edwards
Posted by: Van Edwards - Columbia, SC - Metropolitan Opera Auditions Apr 18, 2012
Wes, you were an outstanding singer, but your talent was always out-shined by your amazing personality. It was a pleasure to have know you, even for as brief a time as it seemed. I look forward to hearing you sing again one day. To all of Wes' family and friends, my prayers are with you all.
Posted by: Nicholas Folkes - Lakeland, FL - FSU Colleague Apr 18, 2012
Wes sang with the choir at Christ Church, Greenville while attending the Governor's School. He was a very friendly, bright, talented young man. I really enjoyed singing with him. I am so sorry to learn of his tragic death.
Posted by: Joyce M.Jackson - Greenville, SC - former choir friend Apr 18, 2012
BJ and I are so very sorry for your loss! Please know that prayers are being lifted for you and your family. BJ & Dale Lyles
Posted by: Dale & BJ Lyles - Boiling Springs, SC - Friends Apr 18, 2012
My most profound condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry.
I pray that you will all receive the strength you will require in the coming hours, days and years.
Posted by: Blount Shepard - Irmo, SC - friend Apr 18, 2012
The angels must have needed a good baritone. I am sure Wesley is standing next to Terry McCoy singing his heart out. If there is anything I can do for you, Mary Beth, let me know. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you~!
Posted by: Betsy Kinsella - columbia, SC - my friend's son! Apr 18, 2012
To all of you, but especially Caryl, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Caryl talking about her annual trips with Wesley. He was so lucky to have a great 'Gma' like you.
Posted by: Midge Smith - Spartanburg, SC - Friend of Caryl's Apr 18, 2012
Robbie - I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May the Lord bless you & your family during this difficult time.
Posted by: Ken Woodard - Huntington, WV Apr 18, 2012
I am so sad to hear this news.
I didn't have a chance to know Mark, but he sounds so amazing. I wish I could have heard him sing. Inspired by you, I'm sure he was wonderful.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by: Christie James - columbia, SC - friend Apr 18, 2012
Dear Mary Beth,
Wes was an amazing young man and it was a pleasure to have known him. Although words are futile at this time, please know how much you are loved.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the peace that comes from the memories of the times you shared together comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Posted by: Lisa Akly Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth and Robbie,
My prayers are with you. What a smart kid! Wesley is singing on the Heavenly Choir!
Posted by: Larry Thompson - Lexington, SC - Friends of Mary Beth and Robbie Apr 18, 2012
My heart goes out to you with this incredibly sad news. Mark was obviously a remarkable person and I can only imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing.
I am thinking of you constantly and your family is in my prayers.
Posted by: Courtenay Williams - Greenville, SC Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth & Robbie
We are so sad to learn of your great loss. Debbie and I will be praying for you during this most difficult time. May God comfort you as only He can.
Jim & Debbie Anderson
Posted by: Jim Anderson - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 18, 2012
Dear parents and friends of Wesley:
Having had very little contact with Wesley, I feel I missed out on meeting a very exceptional young man. I only have a brief memory of him before the Corbett Competition backstage a few weeks ago. However, having listened to all the heart-warming stories and comments from everyone at the CCM Memorial, I am tremendously impressed by the powerful impact Wes had on all his colleagues, mentors and friends. His spirit will remain with all
Posted by: Marie-France Lefebvre - Cincinnati, OH - Teacher at CCM Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth and Family:
We couldn't be more saddened after hearing about Wesley's passing; and our heart goes out to you and your family. Mary Beth, while we never met Wesley, the joy you had when sharing his life and accomplishments spoke volumes of him and your adoration for him. A remarkable young man.
Posted by: Mike and Susan Wigley - Salisbury, MD - Friend of Mary Beth Apr 18, 2012
We wanted you to know you are all in our prayers and thoughts at this sad time. Wes is admired and loved by so many, a tribute to you for such a great job raising a wonderful young man! Taken away way too soon, but please know he is in a great place now. We Love you ♥
Posted by: Steven and Donna Howie - Lexington, SC - Family friend (Robbie's coworker Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth and Robbie
I don't have the words to describe my sorrow for the loss of Wesley....great young man who accomplished so much in such a short time. My heart goes out to both of you.
Posted by: Jack Carter - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth and Robby:
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris Tedesco & Rob Silance.
Posted by: Christine Tedesco - Clemson, SC - friend Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family in this tragic time.
Jo and Alex James
Posted by: Alex and Jo James - Columbia, SC - Friends Apr 18, 2012
I am assistant to Dr. Raphael Bundage, Director of Choral Activities at Middle Tennessee State University and Artistic Director of the National Orpheus Vocal Competition. Last month Wesley was the Student Grand Prize Winner of Orpheus, held on the campus of MTSU. I was privileged to meet Wesley and to hear his beautiful baritone voice. He was destined for a successful and exciting future in vocal perforance and his talent and spirit will be deeply missed.
Posted by: Fran Gebuhr Apr 18, 2012
Wes, it was such an honor to have known you and your beautiful soul. I will never forget our late night chats about music and love. I knew I could always count on you in the darkest of times to cheer me up. You were truly one of a kind; a remarkably talented young man who left us all too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this tragic time. I know you are singing in Heaven amongst the angels. We miss you and we love you.
Posted by: Cara Pickelsimer - DeLand, FL - Colleague Apr 18, 2012
You were an amazing person. Your very being radiated passion and warmth. It was an honor and pleasure to share both classroom and stage with you, and I know that your music and light has touched so many. May our memories of you bring peace and comfort to your friends and family.
Posted by: Aaron Blumberg - Lehigh Acres, FL - Friend, Colleague, Fellow Singer Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth and family: From the lovely obituary we can tell what a wonderful young man Wesley was. Please know that we are so sorry, and are keeping you in our prayers.
Posted by: Hans and Jeannette Watford - Birmingham, AL - friend of family Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth & Family,
Like so many others, our hearts just ache for you. Please know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please know that you are loved, as you have loved Wesley.
Grace and peace, dear friends.
Posted by: Brad and Gloria Christie - Due West, SC - family friends Apr 18, 2012
You are in our thoughts and prayers--Love to all the Sims!
Clifton and Nancy Fay
Posted by: Clifton and Nancy Fay - Columbus, GA Apr 18, 2012
We are heartbroken, and holding your family closely in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Hunter Foster Mahon, Sally and Philip Foster - Spartanburg, SC - family friends Apr 18, 2012
Prayers and love to you in your time of deep sorrow.
God has gained an Angel in heaven.
Posted by: Penne Dietor - carlsbad, CA - family friend Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth, Priscilla and Family
As a member of St. Peter's Church, I remember Wesley's wonderful performance in "The True Story of Cinderella". Little did I know that this wonderfully talented young man was your son and grandson. My heart aches for you and the rest of the family. May our Lord give you strength, hold you in His loving arms, and accompany you in your sorrow.
Much love to you all,
Posted by: Maria Gonda - Columbia, SC Apr 18, 2012
Dear Mary Beth,
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your son. Although I have never met Mark, it is obvious from all the postings that he was a beautiful and talented young man.
While there is nothing I can say that will ease your loss, I wanted you to know that I am grieving and thinking of you every day.
Posted by: Marsha Clark - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 18, 2012
A wonderful person, the beauty of whose voice was surpassed only by the beauty of his personality. We can only try to force some meaning out of all this by thinking that he proved his worth so well in this life that God decided he was ready to graduate to the next. We will miss you, Wes.
Posted by: Nancy Arnest - Cincinnati, OH - fellow chorister Apr 18, 2012
Sending my deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones...
Wes made me laugh harder than anyone at M.Vista and was always fun to work with the summer of 2008. I am thankful for and will always remember his contagious laughter, passion for life and music, kindness, and the warmth of his friendship. I feel blessed to have known him.
Posted by: Aileen - Miami, FL - Friend and co-worker Apr 18, 2012
Wes was a very special young man. I met him when he attended the Governor's School with my daughter. Wes was at FSU at the same time we were for auditions. He was so poised, independent, and kind! I always enjoyed his performances and his company. He was well loved by his peers at the SCGSAH in Greenville, SC.
Posted by: Beth - Clover, SC - Mother of SCGSAH graduate Apr 18, 2012
Blessings to Wes' family at this terrible time. I had sung with Wes in Cincinnati since last September and he was a very welcomed and talented addition to our choir.
As a parent who lost a child to SIDS at 7 months, I can in some very, very small way appreciate your loss. One doesn't intend to bury one's own children. It's been 20+ years and on some level we're still grieving. But I am hopeful that you will get through this. I am so, so sorry.
Posted by: Roger Miller - Cincinnati, OH - Fellow chorister to Wes Apr 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss.
"Do not judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes
Judge it by the richness of its contents
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant…
Do not judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes
Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful…
And when something has enriched your life
And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart.
Is it unfinished?
Or is it endless?"
Posted by: George W. M. Gribble - Columbia, SC - Friend of family Apr 18, 2012
Mary Beth & Robbie:
Lou and I were so very sorry to hear about Wes. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed & Lou Watson
Posted by: Ed & Lou Watson - Blythewood, SC Apr 17, 2012
I can honestly say that I would not be who I am today if Wes had not been a part of my life. He is and always will be one of the brightest and best people I have ever known, and the world is a dimmer place without him.
Posted by: Kristine Kruta - New York, NY - Friend Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and family,
All of us at Dacusville Elementary are so sad to hear of your son's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and grant you peace in the days ahead.
Posted by: Michael Fleming - Easley, SC - professional Apr 17, 2012
Thinking about you Uncle Robbie& Sharon down here in Leesburg, I wish I could make it to the funeral but I can't. My dad will be attending though. My thoughts & prayers go out to you all. I know Wes is shining down on everyone now & singing to all the angels in heaven.
Posted by: Mary-Ann Herbert - Leesburg, GA Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth, I can truly say my heart and prayers are with you at this time. I have walked this road twice as you know. God blessed us with ours sons, he was a gift from God, but God never say how long we can have our gifts. Remember the great times and God will see you through.
Posted by: Melinda Anderson - Columbia, SC - Friend to Mary Beth Apr 17, 2012
There are no words to adequately express our sympathy for the devastation and profound loss you must be feeling. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you. The Estes Family
Posted by: Shirley Estes - Blythewood, SC - Cathy's Friend Apr 17, 2012
News of your tragic loss stunned me. Your pain must seem unindurable now. Our thoughts and prayers are now for you and your family to get beyond the intense pain and see his light in your memories. May they be amongst your most treasured. In deepest sympathy, Steve Carter
Posted by: Steve Carter - Columbia, SC - Friend of Mary Beth Apr 17, 2012
I'm so terribly sorry for both of you. We will include you both in our prayers.
Posted by: Bill Wiseman - blythewood, SC - Friend of family Apr 17, 2012
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Clarita is a dear friend and spoke often of what a wonderful young man Mark was. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless
Posted by: Kim Bottema - Sumter, SC - Friend of Great Aunt Clarita Apr 17, 2012
Heart felt sympahty. Unimaginable. Our hearts go out to entire family.
Posted by: Mr & Mrs Wayne Reed - Columbia, SC - Colleague of mother Apr 17, 2012
"As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them."
I will always remember his ability to make those around him laugh. He was a truly gifted musician and a great man that will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace, Wes.
Posted by: Mark Fugina - Tempe, AZ Apr 17, 2012
May the grief that consumes your heart now....
Somehow...somewhere.... down the road....
Turn into sweet memories of the person he was...
and replace the tears with smiles and joy....
Hugs and kisses.....Don
Posted by: Don Altman - Beaufort, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
I remember meeting Wes a few times when he came to the office - he was so full of life and joy - always running off to a new adventure. Your face always lights up when you talk about him - it is obvious to see your special relationship and how you felt so proud and full of love. Fortunately, that part will always be here and reside in your heart and mind.
Looking at the postings on facebook
Posted by: Connie Myers - Goose Creek, SC - Friend of Mary Beth Apr 17, 2012
His shining presence will be in our hearts always. He was a singer with the nuance and care of someone with a big, beautiful heart. He was an actor who could reach easily into the human experience, with truth. And he was a person with whom you wanted to spend time. What a gift to us all - to know Wes.
Posted by: Kenneth Shaw - Cincinnati, OH - Professor of Voice Apr 17, 2012
To the family and friends of Wesley Brax:
I had the honor and privilege of directing Wes in the choir of Christ Church in Greenville, SC, when Wes was a student at the SC Governor's School. I regularly drove him and Marcus Shields to and from rehearsals and services and came to grow very fond of him and to admire his seriousness of purpose, his deep faith, and his winning sense of humor. I am shocked and deeply saddened by his
Posted by: John E. Gilbert - Greenville, SC - Mentor/colleague Apr 17, 2012
To the familly, You have my deepest sympathy. My prayers are with you always.
Posted by: Anthony A. Cooper - Columbia, SC - Father's Friend Apr 17, 2012
To the family of Wes Brax: It was a joy to work with Wes on a couple programs in recent months. He had such a vibrant gift of music and a personality to match. What a gentleman! Our family will always celebrate the gifts of this longtime friend who has blessed our lives with laughter and art. Lucinda Shields
Posted by: Lucinda Shields - Columbia, SC - friend Apr 17, 2012
Our hearts are broken. Wes was the most beautiful and intelligent musician, the sweetest, most caring human to come through CCM in my memory. He has left so many friends, made in such a short time. I adored him, and mourn with you his untimely passing. May you find comfort in the knowledge that he was loved by so many people in this world. My heart goes out to you.
Posted by: Donna Loewy - CIncinnati, OH - Professor/Vocal Coach Apr 17, 2012
Robbie, Mary Beth and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed and Harvey West
Posted by: Harvey West - Greer, SC - friend Apr 17, 2012
I know of Wesley through my brother, Dave Petty, and have heard many great things of his blossoming baritone career. Thanks to Timothy, I was able to hear Wes' lovely voice, so talented and musical. A true loss to the world. My sincere condolences to the Brax family.
Posted by: Caroline Petty - Campbell, CA Apr 17, 2012
May your bright spirit and love for people, music, and life continue to soar through the people you've touched and inspired. Your presence lives ever on. Playing with you at Tanglewood was a powerful experience I can never forget.
Fly, fly to a new beautiful life!
Posted by: Carlin - San Francisco - friend and colleague Apr 17, 2012
You were a light, a joy, and a comedian - well on your way to being a man of greatness. I am broken by your sudden absence from this life but I am bolstered by the fact that we shall meet again in the land of our Great and Mighty Father.
To Wesley's Family,
Wesley was a man diligent at his work, tenacious in his fire for music, and fierce in his love for friends. I am
Posted by: Michael Lindsay - Tallahassee, FL - Friend Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and Robbie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you both in this, the most trying time in your lives. I can remember the pride in both of your faces when you talked about Wesley. May the Lord be with you in this time.
Posted by: Butch Barnhart - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
Wes was such an amazing, talented person. I had the opportunity to enter and leave FSU at the same times as him. He had the personality to light up a whole room. I enjoyed hearing him sing in the operas and other concerts as a soloist. He will never be forgotten.
He will always be in my thoughts, Michelle
Posted by: Michelle Fry - Melbourne, FL - FSU alum Apr 17, 2012
For those who are missing Wesley's voice like me:
Posted by: Timothy Kwok - Cincinnati, OH Apr 17, 2012
I miss you. I miss your voice. I just found one of your scores in my locker yesterday. I saw your hand-writing and I missed you so badly. I wish we could have one more chance to play through that Duparc song together! I miss playing the piano for you...
Rest in Peace.
Posted by: Timothy Ka-Ho Kwok - Cincinnati, OH Apr 17, 2012
To: Mary Beth & Family:
I am so sorry to hear about your lost. May you cherish all of the good memories in your heart.
May God continue to comfort you and your family through this difficult time.
Posted by: Sharon Young - Columbia, SC Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth, You are in my thoughts and prayers-this was heart breaking news-I am so sorry-
Posted by: mary clare mcabee - columbia, SC - friend of Mary Beth& Priscilla Apr 17, 2012
I didn't know Wesley, and I hope this isnt an unwanted intrusion, but as a church organist and father of two children around his age, I feel terribly sorry for him and for what his family must be going through. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. And may God in his mercy be with his parents & siblings.
Posted by: Stephen shaw - Belfast. N Ireland Apr 17, 2012
I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Posted by: Wendy Oleson - North Augusta, SC - SRP Federal Credit Union Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and Robbie!
There are no words to express my deepest sympathy over this tragic and senseless loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. May your strong faith and love of so many friends help get you through this. Sincerely, Pam Meacham
Posted by: Pam Meacham - Columbia,, SC - Friend of the family Apr 17, 2012
I am heartbroken. Our loss is his gain, but still feel that this was just too soon. Wes touched all of us in First Presbyterian's choir and led our basses so joyfully - and patiently! I pray for God's undergirding arms to envelope you during this time of grief, and to sustain you in the days, weeks and months to come.
Posted by: Jamie Watt Jones - Thomasville, GA - 1ST Pres. choir member Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and Robbie,
I can't begin to express how my heart is breaking for you. What a beautiful and talented young man--his light will continue to shine, and he will grace those in Heaven with his beautiful gifts.
God Bless You and Wes.
Posted by: Kim Bendillo - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
After hearing about Wesley's passing I with online to listen to his wonderful voice. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of Wesley's family members and all of his friends that he has touched in life. Let us not forget. God Bless.
Posted by: Larry R Robbins - Powder Springs, GA Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and Family - Rick, the girls and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to all of you. Wesley was an incredible young man with an amazing talent...his light will always shine in your hears. Much love, Katherine
Posted by: Katherine Peele - Raleigh, NC - friend Apr 17, 2012
Robbie, I truly sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Rhonda McDowell
Posted by: Rhonda McDowell - Ninety Six, SC Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth & Robbie,
There are no words sufficient to express feelings at this time. I know the heartache is indescribable but want you to know you have the love and prayers from thousands of your and Wesley's friends. If the only thing one did was review his Facebook page, it is amazing how many people Wesley touched. What a wonderful young man. My prayers are with you.
Posted by: Ernie Lawhorne - columbia, SC - friend Apr 17, 2012
My prayers and thoughts go to you and the family as well as friends. May God bless you.
Posted by: Pat Altman - North Augusta, SC Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and Robbie -
I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences.
Posted by: David Lindsay - Columbia, SC - Friend of the Family Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and family, our hearts and prayers are with you in this very sad time. May you remember his voice and face in the days to come to help ease your burden.
Posted by: Mark Dillon - Charleston , SC - Colleague of Mary Beth Apr 17, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless you all.
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Posted by: Sharon Howard - North Augusta, SC Apr 17, 2012
Though I didn't have the good fortune of knowing Wesley that well, I know him through the stories and memories that his friends (and mine) have shared. To have touched so many lives at such a young age is truly a blessing. I give my deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones in this troubling time. May each of you find peace and happiness.
Posted by: Jamie Seidman - McDonnell - Tallahassee, FL - friend/acquaintance Apr 17, 2012
Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Aiken County Public Schools
Posted by: Beth Clark - aiken, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
marybeth and family
I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR TRAGIC LOSE. I KNOW HE IS DANCING ON THE STREETS OF GOLD. SCOTT AND I SEND PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Posted by: karl and scott boling - atlanta, GA Apr 17, 2012
I am amazed to read of Wes's accomplishments, and am doubly sad for all of us to miss such a huge talent.
I am so sorry for you, and for the rest of his family.
Posted by: Charles Boney Apr 17, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Branham and Brax families.
Posted by: Tracy Bowers - Charleston, SC - Former Co-Worker Apr 17, 2012
Thank you so much for your smile, your voice, your kindness, and your beautiful heart. We love you and miss you.
Posted by: Deanna Crews Apr 17, 2012
Wes was an absolute joy to be around during my time at FSU. It pains me that we did not stay in touch as much as we should've after FSU. To the family, you are in my prayers during this difficult time. May you find solace in the loving arms of the Almighty God.
Posted by: Lederian Townsend - Immokalee, FL - Fellow FSU Alum Apr 17, 2012
The first time I met Wes he told me that we would be instant friends for life. He was one of the most caring and gracious people I had ever met and every time I saw him he just knew how to light up a room. To Wes' family, my deepest sympathies to you all during this difficult time. My heart aches for those that grieve his loss. He will always live on in my heart and in my thoughts.
Posted by: Gaby Mendizabal - Tallahassee, FL - Friend Apr 17, 2012
our hearts hurt for all of you. words cannot express our sympathy. what great accomplishments wes made in such a short period of time. we know you are all so very proud of him. please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers continuously. may God's loving hands be wrapped around you tightly so that you may find comfort in these difficult days. we love you all!
Posted by: Brittany & Jay Norton - Augusta, GA Apr 17, 2012
Robbie, Sharon,Craig, and Chris,
Our family shares your heavy hearts. We are so very proud of all the accomplishments Wes was able to do in such a short life. We do not know why God chose to take him so early...we can only know he is in his caring arms...talking with great composers...hitting the high notes...and singing to the heavens. We will miss him deeply and forever have him in our hearts. We are all here to stand proud as we honor the life of such a wonderful, beautiful young man. Godspeed... We love you all....Karen
Posted by: Karen Bailey - Dunwoody, GA - Aunt Apr 17, 2012
Allison and Ted: I am so deeply sorry for your unimaginable loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this awful, grief-filled time. Much love to your entire family.
Posted by: Suzanne Moore - Augusta, GA - friend Apr 17, 2012
Wes was extremely talented and fun to be around. We are so sorry for your loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you during your time of need.
Posted by: Casey and Toni Cliatt - Augusta, GA Apr 17, 2012
What a bright light did Wes shine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Beth, Robbie, Ted and family, James and Janice Bryan.
Posted by: james and janice bryan Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Mark's passing on Saturday. Thinking about you so much and sending many prayers your way. God Bless you all.
Posted by: James "Jimmy" Walker, AIA - Charleston, SC Apr 17, 2012
Mary Beth: I am heartbroken over your loss. No parent should bury a child. Your precious Wesley is now singing as my precious Jace is playing the flute - both of them beautiful, both of them magnificently gifted, and now both of them glorifying God.
Proverbs 3:5 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Hold on to these words, my friend, because there is no way for you to comprehend this tragic
Posted by: Dorri Butler Herring Smith - Lexington, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
We first met Wesley in 2003 when he came with Gma Caryl to stay with us in England for a week. He was only 14 but he charmed us all. Our paths crossed briefly again in 2004 at Gma Caryl’s in Spartanburg and once again in 2007 during an overnight stay at Dad Rob’s beautiful home in Columbia. After that, as a Friend on FaceBook, I followed Wesley’s growth and amazing potential and grew more and more proud of him
Posted by: Barbara and Giorgio Pellicciari - Nottingham, UK - Lifelong family friends Apr 17, 2012
I had the privilege of meeting Mark Wesley this past summer at St. Peter's Catholic Church at a performance of Warren Martin's "The True Story of Cinderella". I will always remember his powerfully rich and commanding baritone voice. Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord. And let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Posted by: John Sabine - Atlanta, GA - Colleague Apr 17, 2012
My heart goes out to all of Wes' family. I was a member of the Vocal Art's Ensemble with him this year. I was also applying for my Doctorate, both at CCM and FSU. Wes was a constant source of advice and support throughout the process, putting me in touch with people at both schools and helping me debate the merits of each. When I ultimately chose CCM, we were so happy that we'd be seeing each other next year
Posted by: Samantha - Cincinnati, OH - friend Apr 17, 2012
Robbie & Sharon,
My thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow. God be with you all.
Posted by: Aline Stevenson - Omaha, NE - Friend Apr 17, 2012
Wesley was a dear friend to me during middle and high school. He was such a positive influence to be around, never had a bad attitude. I remember him coming over to my house, playing four square during lunch, singing with him in chorus, going to his birthday parties, he even was the one that helped me with putting my contacts in! I will always remember that great smile and his amazing voice. We are going to miss you, Wes.
Posted by: Courtney Cogdill - Lexington, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
Wes was a friend and a mentor to me at Florida State while we were both section leaders at the same church. I am blessed to have had his presence in my life; his joy for life and music was evident whenever I spent time with him. I look back fondly at our many car rides to Thomasville together. The world is a far poorer place with him gone from it. I still can't stop weeping.
Posted by: Jacob Patrick - Winter Park, FL Apr 17, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Wes while in the University Singers at Florida State University. I remember him always working hard to perfect his gift and keeping a smile on his face. Now, I believe he is smiling in Heaven and singing in God's special choir. My thoughts and prayers are with this family during this difficult time. May his precious memories and God's love be your comfort.
Gentle L. Hamilton, III
Minister of Music & Creative Arts - Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Posted by: Gentle L Hamilton III - Tallahassee, FL Apr 17, 2012
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Wes. He was a wonderful friend and musician. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew him.
Posted by: Meghan McCaskill - Tallahassee, FL - Former supervisor at FSU CoM Apr 17, 2012
My prayers are withe the family
Posted by: Lori Minor - West Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 17, 2012
Go rest high up on that mountain. There is a place of quiet rest near to the heart of God!.
Posted by: . Chuck Wilson - Sumter, SC Apr 17, 2012
Will be praying for your friends and Family through this sad time !!!
Posted by: Daniel W Hopkins - Lockeport Apr 17, 2012
To Wes' family -
I am so sorry to learn about Wes' passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him through the admissions process when he auditioned at the University of South Carolina School of Music. What a talent! Though he opted to attend FSU, he was always very polite and kind to me through the admissions cycle. We became Facebook friends, and it was a joy to stay in touch with him in even this small way, following his performances
Posted by: Jennifer Jablonski - Columbia, SC Apr 17, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all who loved Wesley. You have the prayers of my family and me. Wesley will be greatly missed by all the community of the arts.
Posted by: Duane Toole - Midlothian, VA Apr 17, 2012
Such brilliance rarely appears on earth and is the stuff that stars are made of. Wesley joins the heavenly hosts in song, leaving this world sorrowful at his passing, but all the more beautiful for his witness.
"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
With heartfelt condolences for Wesley's family and loved ones,
Mark Husey and the Gallery Choir
Saint Peter's Catholic Church
Columbia, South Carolina
Posted by: Mark Husey - Columbia, SC Apr 17, 2012
I was at Florida State University when Wes was there. That is when we both found out that we graduated from the same high school (South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities). Since then, we were always close and I considered him a very special and close friend of mine...especially since he was a "Govie." Such a good man with a good heart and wonderful talent taken way too early. I love him and will always miss him.
Posted by: Seville O. Jenkins - Boston, MA - Friend Apr 17, 2012
MB and family,
I cannot imagine your sorrow and grief at this time. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you always... but especially during these difficult days. It is clear how much Wesley touched the life of everyone that he encountered. He is no longer with us on this Earth, but his presence will never fade.
Shannon Willis Scruggs
Posted by: Shannon Scruggs Apr 17, 2012
To the family of Mark Wesley Brax:
The Choir of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati, along with our clergy and staff offer our deepest sympathy and and the assurance of our prayers for Wes, our friend and colleague, and you his family at this most difficult time. Wes joined the cathedral choir in September and we were so fortunate to enjoy the talent and friendship he shared with us in this so brief of time. We will surely
Posted by: Anthony Joseph DiCello - CIncinnati, OH - Cathedral Music Director Apr 17, 2012
Mr/Mrs. Brax___All of the Orpheus Competiton Organization grieve over the lost of you most talented son. It was such a pleasure getting to know him and hearing his wonderful voice. Our prayers are with you and your family on your loss. We will all miss him and seeing the bright future he could have had. I know he will be singing in the heavenly choir.
Kay Garrison, Gen Manager and the Choral Society
Posted by: Kay Garrison - Murfreesboro,, TN - Gen. Manager, Orpheus Vocal Comp Apr 16, 2012
We are so heartbroken to hear about Wesley. We know he is singing with the angels in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Posted by: Sims and Libby - Columbia, SC - Friend Apr 16, 2012
Mary Beth and family, I'm sure sorry.
Posted by: Ken Love - Clover, SC - friend Apr 16, 2012
The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends sincere condolences to the family of Mark Wesley Brax.
Posted by: Jeff Temples - Columbia, SC Apr 16, 2012