Bryan Michael Spain
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Bryan Michael Spain
  • August 12, 1997 - June 23, 2017
  • Stonewall, North Carolina

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Bryan Michael Spain, 19, left this world on June 23, 2017. He was born on August 12, 1997 at Chowan Hospital in Edenton, North Carolina to proudly awaiting parents and grandparents, and a very impatient big brother. He crept into the world as quiet as a mouse and remained a very sweet silent tiny little boy until just over 3 years old. There was no need for words because his big brother spoke for him. "Michael would like to have a cookie please mommy...but really, can he have two?" Then, as quickly as those around him became accustomed to his big brother speaking for him, Michael found his voice, and oh what a wonderful voice it was.

Michael's friends have described him as "always unapologetically himself". He possessed the confidence of a hundred great men and while not a tall young man, he had the attitude and self-assurance of someone 6-foot-tall and bulletproof and his spirit and presence was larger than life. He met every question, every challenge, every battle and every race effortlessly, straight forward and to the point. His self-esteem and assurance in his abilities was unwavering. He was not perfect, but he lived his life full on and never wasted a single second. He knew what he wanted and he set his mind to achieving it.
He was intelligent...sometimes a little too intelligent for his own good. He wasted nothing, especially his words. If you asked for his opinion or advice, he gave you an intelligent factual answer, whether you wanted to hear it or not. His heart was pure and he loved his family, and was especially close with his big brother. He dedicated himself to a core group of friends.

He excelled in his school work, graduating from Pamlico County High School in 2015, having completed 48 transferrable college credits from Pamlico Community College. He was accepted into his father's alma mater and the only university he ever wanted to attend, Appalachian State University in Boone.
He excelled as a high school athlete. He chose sports that relied on his own self-will and determination. He ran Cross County. He ran long distance on the track team and pole vaulted. He wrestled and was a force on the mat and enjoyed playing on the high school Golf Team. He loved and thrived on the comradery of his teammates and coaches and he hated to lose. However, when he did lose, he held his head high and he put the work in to do a better job next time. He followed in his father's footsteps studying Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, H. Frank Spain of Stonewall and his maternal grandfather, Edward Earl "Red Riggs" of New Bern.
He is survived by his father, F. Bryan Spain and his mother, Tammy Riggs Spain of Stonewall; his brother, John Edward Price of the home; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Cutler and Papa, Larry Cutler of Stonewall; his maternal grandmother, Louise Riggs of New Bern; his uncles, Eddie Riggs (Wendy) of New Bern and John Riggs (Andrea) of New Bern; cousins, Katie Wood (Tyler), Caroline McCoy (Chris), Rachel Riggs, John Riggs Jr., Madison Wood, Jenni Wood, Alyssa McCoy; as well as numerous great uncles, great aunts and distant cousins. He is also survived by his SQUAD or CREW and whatever else they call themselves...a group of friends that love one another, support one another and stick to one another through all of life's ups and downs.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28th at Cotten Funeral Home and other times at the home.

A service to celebrate Michael's life will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 29th at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Michael Spain Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Stonewall United Methodist Church, PO Box 183, Stonewall, NC 28583. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the online guest book at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.