Bradley Steven Braye, 60, of Greenville, died on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving mother and family.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Smith Grove Baptist Church in Greenville, 949 Airport Ave. A memorial service will follow, beginning at 11 a.m. with Matt Mendenhall officiating. Assalley-Young Funeral Home in Greenville is assisting the family.
Mr. Braye was born June 12, 1962, at Fayette County Hospital, to Wayne Richard “Dick” and Sherri (Rench) Braye. He was blessed with his father’s huge smile and his mother’s loving heart.
He grew up in Greenville and graduated with the class of 1980. He first started working in his father’s store, Genre’s Clothing, and various fast food restaurants before settling into real estate appraisal.
Mr. Braye’s hobbies included reading, movies and most especially Chapman Brothers music, but his favorite thing was making people laugh. He loved being a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church, Pastor Matt Mendenhall and all of his church family.
He bravely battled chronic kidney disease for ten years and most recently home dialysis. He fought with humor that earned him respect by all his doctors and nurses. His family will miss him and forever smile when they hear the word “swell,” as it was always his answer to the question, “how are you feeling?” He never complained.
Mr. Braye is survived by his mother, Sherri Rench of Greenville, who faced his battle by his side; siblings, Bryan (Jennifer) Braye of Greenville and Dena (Philip Wesley) Braye; nieces and nephews, Chelsi (Bryce Parsons) Braye, Brandon (Raeshelle) Braye, Carlee Braye, Kyle Wesley, Jayda Braye, Chelsi (Derek) Toohey and Alex Franklin; several great-nephews and great-nieces who brought him so much joy; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; maternal grandparents, Everett and June (Potts) Rench; and paternal grandparents, Wayne and Hattye (Satterfield) Braye.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Smith Grove Baptist Church, 949 Airport Ave., Greenville, IL 62246.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com.