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“I LOVE &&ND MISS U !! KEEP WATCHING OVER ME. . . ”
1 of 57 | Posted by: Tracy Fortune - Milford, VA

“Hi Brian, It's been a long year with out your warm touching hugs && seeing your pretty smile The thoughts of you touches my heart && put smiles on...Read More »
2 of 57 | Posted by: Tracy - Milford, VA

“Brian I Miss U Sooooooo Much!!!! ”
3 of 57 | Posted by: Tracy Fortune - Milford, VA

“Ms. Mary, You have our deepest condolences on the death of your son. Our prayers continue to be with you. Weeping may endure for a night, but...Read More »
4 of 57 | Posted by: Dorothea Crabbe-Usual - Hague, VA

“BeBe, In your time of sorrow words cannot express my deepest sympathy. Just remember when you feel like you are losing your direction the Lord will...Read More »
5 of 57 | Posted by: Adrienne Lomax - Tappahannock, VA

“Bebe, Our hearts go out to you on the passing of your loved one. May God bless you and keep you in his care. Words cannot express how we both feel....Read More »
6 of 57 | Posted by: Adrienne Lomax - Tappahannock, VA

“Dearest Mary, We are so sorry for your loss of Brian and for not being in town to come to his services for you. What a truly special relationship...Read More »
7 of 57 | Posted by: Nathan & Valerie McCarry - VA

“Beem, This is your lil sis Ran. I remember all the crazy and fun things we've done together. You taught me how to stand up for myself and if I...Read More »
8 of 57 | Posted by: Maranda Burrell - Fredericksburg, VA

“My condolences to the entire Burrell family. ”
9 of 57 | Posted by: Tiffany (Thompson) Berry - VA

“Mrs.Gaines and Family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy on the lost of your son and cherished family member. ”
10 of 57 | Posted by: Adrienne Bushrod - Waldorf, MD

“BB, I warmly remember Brian from the kisses he would place on my cheek as he came to play in the snow in our backyard, Nintendo and Saga, and those...Read More »
11 of 57 | Posted by: Tammy, Natasha, Isiah and Samson Johnson - VA

“I remember Brian throughout his education in Essex County as I substituted frequently. I will ALWAYS remember how Brian would open the door for me as...Read More »
12 of 57 | Posted by: Debbie Emery - Tappahannock, VA

“To Mary & Family; I know that God will give you the courage and the strength to make it one day at a time. Brian was and will always be your...Read More »
13 of 57 | Posted by: Francine Houston - Tappahannock, VA

“Mary ,I was truly sorry to hear of the tragedic accident that claim your sweet child,just know the God will take care of you just keep your hands in...Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: Evelyn R. Moore - Champlain, VA

“Hi BeBe, Please know that we share in the loss of your son. We are lifting you up in prayer that God will continue to be your strength during...Read More »
15 of 57 | Posted by: Thelma Howerton - Hustle, VA

“may soul rest in heaven i will always remeber the goood times and will also miss my brother brian love big dave ”
16 of 57 | Posted by: David Ragins - capitol heights, MD

“Dear Be-Be, One day we’ll all be done with the troubles of this world….until then, God gives us each other to lean on. I just wanted...Read More »
17 of 57 | Posted by: Deborah Fortune-Taylor - VA

“Brain was a good friend of my brother Jonathan Gilliam and also of me I remember growing up summer of 1996 we would all get together and just have...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: John A. Gilliam - Richmond, VA

“My sympathy goes out to the whole family...Brian was like family to me,also. He was always smiling, and joking...he will be truly missed..but never...Read More »
19 of 57 | Posted by: Samantha Young - Richmond, VA

“Keeping the Burrell family in my blessings ”
20 of 57 | Posted by: Sade Smith - tappahannock, VA

“To BB and the Burrell Family, There aren't enough words to express how we felt when we heard the news about Brian death. I begin to think about...Read More »
21 of 57 | Posted by: Cheryl Acree Holmes - VA

“To The Burrell Family,Donna, Jenn, Wayne, I am so so soory about the passing of Brian. Even though I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him, I still...Read More »
22 of 57 | Posted by: Shellie Allen Rich - Dahlgren, VA

“BB, We are so sorry that you are going through so much pain right now. We pray that God will hold you closer and tighter than he has ever before...Read More »
23 of 57 | Posted by: Julian & Dedra Clarke - Hustle, VA

“BB, this is Amelia "meme" Suave and Ben daughter. I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Brian. We all grew up toghether playing on paulettes porch....Read More »
24 of 57 | Posted by: Amelia Ross - Tappahannock, VA

“Ms. Mary and the rest of the family, Our prayers have been with you since we heard that Brian had passed. We have been staying in contact with...Read More »
25 of 57 | Posted by: Ashley, Ike, and Katherine Roy - VA

“Ms. Brenda and the rest of the family, Our prayers have been with you since we heard that Brian had passed. We have been staying in contact with...Read More »
26 of 57 | Posted by: Ashley, Ike, and Katherine Roy - VA

“Sorry to hear about your loss. Brian was a great person and he will truely be missed. May god bless you all! ”
27 of 57 | Posted by: keisha pollard - Dunnsville, VA

“Aunt BB, I never had the pleasure of meeting Brian, but from what my mother tells me, you and Brian had a very close bond. Know that his memories...Read More »
28 of 57 | Posted by: LaTasha Bend - Waldorf, MD

“Mary (BB), I am sorry, to here about the loss of your son, Brian. I know that words can't even describe how you're feeling right now. Know that I...Read More »
29 of 57 | Posted by: Doris Samuel-Gaskins - VA

“Sadden to hear of your sons demise;continue to look to God for strength. Keep the Faith. With deepest Sympathy Floraine Young Cunningham ”
30 of 57 | Posted by: Floraine Young Cunningham - MD

“Mary, my deepest sympathy to you at your great loss. I know that God will hold you up during this time when your feet don't want to move on their own...Read More »
31 of 57 | Posted by: Sonja Bristow and family - VA

“To the family, Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with u always. May God bless and keep you and your family. Love: Muffin and Larry. ”
32 of 57 | Posted by: Demetria Smith - Tappahannock, VA

“My prayers go out to the Burrell family. I had the pleasure of knowing Brian and the person that he was. Brian use to cut up so bad our senior year...Read More »
33 of 57 | Posted by: Mel Smith - Tappahannock, VA

“To all the members of the Burrell/ Gaines family and friends, I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to all of you! I send you regards from...Read More »
34 of 57 | Posted by: Crystal Vessells - Hustle, VA

“To the Burrell family you are in my prayers at this time of sorrow. I have so many good memories of Brian. I will always remember his smile and how...Read More »
35 of 57 | Posted by: Myra Smith - Tappahannock, VA

“BB and the Burrell Family Our hearts were truly sadden to hear of the passing Brian. He was truly a wonderful son with a smile as big as the...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: Quincy, Tina, John Jr. & Josh Byrd - VA

“Mary and Grandmother Mary, Some things you don't forget and one of them is the long association with the Burrell family on the corner in Center...Read More »
37 of 57 | Posted by: Lillian Ann Smith - Warsaw, VA

“Dear Cousin BB& Family, You have our sincere condolences in the lost of Brain. Our prayers are with you always.whenever I need comfort in the...Read More »
38 of 57 | Posted by: Robert&Dora Gordon - Warsaw, VA

“I was deeply saddened when I learned of his passing, He always would make me laugh and loved my little girls. Seems like just yesturday he asked"...Read More »
39 of 57 | Posted by: Hope Fisher - King George, VA

“Sorry to hear about your love one. To know Brian was to love him he was a great person and I will miss him as well, especially his smile I remember...Read More »
40 of 57 | Posted by: Pam Ball - Kinsale, VA

“BB. You do not know me but Dickey was once married to my sister Joan. Shane and Ding are my nephews. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I...Read More »
41 of 57 | Posted by: Linda S. Nelson - Upper Marlboro, MD

“BB Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of you losing your son, your best friend. Just know that if there is anything my family can do...Read More »
42 of 57 | Posted by: Diana Hill - Hustle, VA

“Mary, It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. Although it may seem hard right now,it...Read More »
43 of 57 | Posted by: Kymberly Broome - Oxon Hill, MD

“My deepest sympathy is with the family at this time of sorrow.Brian was always trying to make someone smile and would do anything to help.I can...Read More »
44 of 57 | Posted by: Pam Farmer - Hustle, VA

“Ms. Gaines, My thoughts and prayers will remain with you and your family during this difficult time. I pray that the love and embrace of the...Read More »
45 of 57 | Posted by: Donella Holden - VA

“I love and miss you so much B-Man. I am the oldest of you all and always considered you to be a little brother just like the rest. I know God has...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: Jennifer, Ray, & Mykel - Warsaw, VA

“"MY" Dearest "Be-Be" (SISTAH!), I've prayed for you/with you and will continue to pray for and with you. There are a lot of days ahead of you,...Read More »
47 of 57 | Posted by: Leola C. McDowney - King George, VA

“I give my deepest sympathy to the Burrell and Clarke family. I know the cousins he was close to took it very hard (some of us graduated together in...Read More »
48 of 57 | Posted by: J-Block(Jessica) Willis - VA

“Dear Mary, No new words can help take away the pain from this sudden loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Even though I...Read More »
49 of 57 | Posted by: Donna Waldroup - Peabody, MA

“Dear Brian's mom(BB), I met you years ago when Brian and Ashley(Ashcake)were in high school together and I drove the bus. He was one of the most...Read More »
50 of 57 | Posted by: Colleen Jones - Supply, VA

“Brian was a great friend to my two children, Ashley Davis and Cory Thompson. I was lucky enough to have him as a student on my school bus for two...Read More »
51 of 57 | Posted by: Colleen Jones - Supply, VA

“TO THE BURRELL FAMILY. MY PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES GO TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BRIAN WAS A FUNNY LOVING EASY TO GET ALONG WITH PERSON WHO WILL NEVER BE...Read More »
52 of 57 | Posted by: Patrish Braxton - Montross, VA

“AUNT BEBE I NEVER MET BRIAN BUT, MY MOTHER TALKS ABOUT YOU OFTEN AND SHOWS SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU,THAT YOU FEEL LIKE FAMILY TO ME.I JUST WANTED YOU TO...Read More »
53 of 57 | Posted by: TIMOTHY MCDOWNEY(LEOLA'S SON) - VA

“Mary, I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray that God will wrap you and your family in His loving arms and...Read More »
54 of 57 | Posted by: Sarah Kern - Colonial Beach, VA

“Mary, I know that I know that I know, God has you in his arms. I love you but I also know God loves you the best. I will keep a prayer of comfort...Read More »
55 of 57 | Posted by: Sharon, Maxwell, and Emmanuel Davies - VA

“Mary, I know that no words can explain the loss that you are feeling right now. I am glad that I had the pleasure of meeting Brian and see first...Read More »
56 of 57 | Posted by: Robyn Harvey - King George, VA

“B-man, I am still in shock that you are now gone. I had just talked to you on the phone on Saturday and you were so excited telling me about all...Read More »
57 of 57 | Posted by: Donna Veney Dancy - King George, VA


Brian Christopher Burrell was born on in Alexandria, VA on February 23, 1986 to Mary Burrell Gaines and Floyd Allen, Jr. and the stepson of the late Leo C. Gaines, He was always a happy child, and he loved everybody, especially his cousins. His presence and his smile could brighten up any room. Early Sunday morning, September 20, 2009, God called Brian home. Brian joined the Good Hope Baptist Church on October 1, 1995 and sang on the Junior Choir. He attended schools in Fairfax County and Essex County, VA Brian and his mother had a very strong bond and loving relationship. He was very protective of her and wanted to give her the world. After the passing of her husband, he vowed to make something out of his life and make her proud of him. He would tell everybody about how much he loves his "Momma" and showered her everyday with hugs and kisses. He left her this note on her bathroom mirror in July..."Good morning Mom, sorry I wasn't up with you last night to keep you company. I was just tired and I have a lot on my mind. Mom you are on my mind an awful lot. Because it's you and I now, and you are all I have in this world and I will continue to say I love you every day because I mean it. You show me the most love and I'm still tryna learn how to show you that my words can't express my thanks, but I will continue to show my appreciation. Mom, I love you with all my heart and I need you in my life. Without you, there is no me. Please believe me when I say every day that I LOVE YOU"! On July 14, 2008, Brian left for the Woodstock Job Corps Center in Woodstock, MD. He decided that he wanted to be a welder, but first he had to study for his GED. In the first three months, Brian obtained his GED and by June 2009, he earned three welding certifications. At the Job Corps Center, he was recognized on several occasions and received awards and certificates for Student of the Month in Math, GED, and Welding. He also received the Certificate of Merit for outstanding performance and received a monetary award each time. He was so excited about his accomplishments and expressed how good it felt to be recognized for doing well. Since his return from Job Corps, he was accepted at the International Diver's Academy in Erial, NJ to learn underwater welding. He was due to start classes on October 5, 2009. His dream was to finish his underwater welding classes in five months and enlist in the Armed Services where he could utilize his welding skills on ships or air planes. Brian has many cousins that he loved and cherished, but he was especially close to April, Buddy, Shanai (Nay), Maranda (Ran), Dustin (Duddy), Donna (Donnie Man), Jennifer, Travis, Brenda and Kevin. They all looked forward to Brian coming to visit or just riding through to check on them. The first stop he made when he came home on weekends from the Job Corps was at "Aunt Paul's", where he always knew she would be happy to see him. He leaves to mourn with cherished memories, his mother, Mary B. Gaines, Hustle, VA; his father, Floyd Allen, Jr., Clinton, MD; two brothers, Floyd A. Allen and Shane L. Allen, Alexandria, VA; a Grandmother, Mary J. Burrell; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, his special friend, Alisha Jones; a special Job Corps class mate Beverly, and his very special Aunt and other Mom, Aunt Paulette and many other family members and friends. Though his smile is gone forever and his hands we cannot touch, We have many memories of the one we loved so much. His memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part. God has him in His keeping; we have him in our hearts. Sorrowfully Submitted, The Family

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