ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bryant Wilks II, 17 years old, born on January 30, 2003, and passed away on October 25, 2020. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Vince Thompson on May 3, 2022
Bryant, As this school year winds down, I look at the picture of you in my office and remember that you were our original success story. This year I attended the conference where last year I presented about your successes and people asked about you. It was with sadness that I had to share the rest of your story.  Ready to graduate, scholarship in hand and a bright future ahead and taken from this world far too soon.  As we were so proud of you for all that you accomplished, you would be proud of the program. This year we have already had two students graduate and countless others making great progress towards that goal. Maybe our, and their, success is you smiling down on all of us.  I miss your smile and your ability to bring joy to those around you. I just know that , had you been given the time, you would have done even more great things. Rest easy, smile hard my student and my friend.
Posted by Coriana Simmons on May 3, 2022
I still think about you Bryant, and I still watch all of videos. Your personality was the best . You was the happiest, funniest and had the biggest heart. I'm forever grateful to spend 4 years of our life together. I always wish we had more time. I hope heaven continues to treat you right . I'll always love you Bryant always .
Posted by Mary Arthur on May 1, 2022
Bryant Everett Wilks

I remember meeting Byrant when he was grouped together with his beautiful and unforgettable siblings; two smart and talented older sisters and one curious and enthusiastic younger brother. I had children about the same age so they all blended together into a group of happy playmates. Bryant was about 4 years old and had a smile that was so radiant. He was charming and vibrant. I remember the day we gave him a drum set. He was so excited! That same day we sat around the kitchen table with all the children and enjoyed their smiles and giggles and stories. I will never forget Bryant sitting at the drum set for the first time, drumming for Jesus with all of his heart! I remember one night when all the kids came to our house and spent the night. The girls wanted their hair straightened and Rochelle patiently straightened their hair with a flat iron, It was like she was getting them read for prom and all they did was look in the mirror and then go to bed. But it was all worth it because we were mommas taking care of our little blessings! Rochelle taught me something that night because she was willing to take the time to do something that really mattered to them. Rochelle was always taking her kids to places where they could encounter Jesus Christ and fellow believers who were full of the Holy Spirit. She wasn’t playing church. She has integrity with her words and she spoke from a grateful heart for all of God’s goodness in her life. I pray for his family to persevere through the pain of this loss. You are loved and treasured and valuable to the Lord! He wants to manifest His Kindgom through you. God always will only be good. We are made in His image and we would never want terrible things to happen to our children. Satan has messed up this world. We just need to believe God and stay close to Him. We need to keep meditating in and reading His word so He can speak to us.

James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Posted by Felix Ezo on December 15, 2021
Hey Bryant, i know nothing is hidden from you on the street of gold where you are currently located, but i just want to write about your impact of recent times. Everywhere you're mentioned by those that truly knew you, it's always been awesome testimonies of how you positively impacted their lives. You are always a champion like Jesus Christ your savior.
Bryant as you've already known, I recently coached a soccer team in Columbia, won the league and the playoff. My motivation was to write your name in gold. God helped me, my wife supported me and the goal was achieved: your name is written in GOLD. Though, i added my elder sister's name on the T-shirt last minute, you were my motivation. She joined you on that side of eternity on that final day of the league.
As avowed, instead of keeping you in my heart, I will share and spread your life of impact. 
Bryant, you gallantly ran your race and has passed on the baton. It's so evident to the eyes to see.
Time and space will not permit enumerating the so many testimonies.
As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, i submit to his word in Isaiah 57: 1 "God allows good people... to protect them from evil ..."
Keep cheering us on Bryant, we will not miss the mark at his second coming. 
Posted by Vince Thompson on December 14, 2021
Bryant,
 I find myself speaking of you, remembering your smile and seeing your spirit in some of my new students. They are working as hard as you did and they hear me talk about you as the role model student they should strive to be. As I near the end of my teaching career, I hope that I have made the impact on my students that you, and they, have made on me. I miss you and your silly antics. Rest easy and look after the rest of us. 
Posted by Andrew McCarthy on June 1, 2021
I was Bryant's Assistant Principal and he was a bright light in this world. He has an amazing personality and sense of humor that would light up the room. He was smart and when he was focused on his grades and credits, no one could stop him. He was always looking for the best in everyone and always focused on other people around him! He cared for his siblings and is watching over them now. Bryant, you are missed and may your legacy live on through those around you!
Posted by James Gray on May 30, 2021
To my family’s I been a pastor for 30 + years. Been through so much in my life as a pastor working with families is what I love doing in my community and I’ve worked with many. But this family is a special family to me my friend Bryant a fine young man with a big heart and Smile my first encounter with him was a spiritual account want to be a junior deacon at the church who have a plan for his life which was cut too short. Raised in a beautiful family a mother who work hard to provide for her family her special young lady as I sit and think about Bryant my heart still aches. Tears are still in my eyes but I also have Joy knowing that he’s with his Lord looking down with smile watching over all of us. in one day too I will see him again. Rev James Gray
Posted by Tina Woods on May 27, 2021
Dear Bryant! You were such an amazing young man!! I was so glad I got the opportunity to be your teacher! You were one of my faves and left a long lasting impression on me. I knew you were going to do great things. You had the type of personality that everyone loved!!
I remember seeing you at Dairy Queen working and was soooo happy to see you!! I was so proud!! You will forever be missed and loved!
Love you always,
Your Ms.Woods
Posted by Vicki Grayson Grayson on May 27, 2021
Dear Bryant , it was a pleasure meeting you grandson, kind, loving, respectful. I remember when Rochelle would bring you and your brother to Lincoln University with her and homeschooling y'all while attending her classes, y'all never gave me a hard time you stayed in my office with me and did your school work, we talked, laughed and had fun, you will forever be in my heart . Rochelle I love you daughter you are a great mother. Rest easy Bryant
Posted by Warren Hawkins II on May 27, 2021
Dear Nephew, You are Forever in Our Thoughts and Hearts. I often think Not only of what we have lost, But what God has Gained & the Memories you left for us to Cherish. Your Dimpled Smile that can light up The Darkest Day, The Heart of a Lion , Born Leader & Protector. Your Energy & Spirit which Resonates the Room whenever I think of You. GOD Has an Angel & We Have The Blessing of You Touching our lives Then, Now & Forever! We Love You Bee❣...Uncle Warren
Posted by Katrina Hawkins on May 26, 2021
Dear Bryant...your memory will always be kept alive. That smile was definitely your trademark. You're thought of daily and truly missed. Life has a way of reminding us about things...we have a bird feeder in our tree and every time the birds come to feed...they sing...and their beautiful sounds of nature always ❤ reminds us of you...we look up and smile. You are missed by everyone...Aunt Katrina, Uncle Warren, Keionta, Jaylen, Tat, Amari, and Tyler...
Posted by Vince Thompson on May 26, 2021
Bryant was a student in my school program. He reluctantly put up with my bad jokes and attempts to make him LOVE school until finally he grew to see the importance of education and grew into a great student who took pride in his work. He would always wave and flash me that smile that brightened the world when I entered his classroom and even when he wasn't feeling it.....he smiled, talked and pretended to love being at school.  He became the face of what the right school program and some self motivation could do. He thrived in the program, won a scholarship to college and made us all so proud. Bryant, I have your pictures in my office. I miss your smile and silly personality every day. I talk about you and your passion for life often to other students to encourage them to find their own path. You made me a better educator and person. You taught me that no one should be defined by their past but celebrated for their future. I miss you!!!
Posted by Rachel Asen on May 26, 2021
The Blessed Bee

The blessed bee has taken flight...
No mountaintop can reach his heights,
Far beyond the shape of clouds
No enemy can touch him now.

No system built to steal his shine
Or human caught in envy’s lies
Can take from him what God ordained-
No sin, can slay the light!

The smile that put the stars to shame
Now paints our earthy skies,
Blazing with the dawn of hope-
A love that never dies❤️
Posted by Felix Ezo on May 25, 2021
"The true meaning of greatness is to find your gift, multiply it and spread it out to the betterment of others"
Bryant, you're an epitome and icon of greatness.
You never sought personal glory nor gratifications.
You were always seeking the betterment of others around you.
You blossomed amongst all despite your young age and the testimonials
about you are poofs of your goodwill and greatness to all.
You defended as a lioness would defend her cobs and superintended in affairs as a king would do in his territory. You're truly a lion and a king.
I am taught to 'man-up' when thing happens. But for you and the vacuum you've created, I can never 'man-up'!
With my heart and hands raised up to God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the God of all flesh, the mighty and terrible one, the fearsome and mighty warrior, the all powerful, supreme and to whom vengeance belongs; I know God has never fail and he will not start with us.
I am privileged to have shared precious times and moments with you. And I cherish those moments son!!!
I lack adequate words to capture your legacies of excellence.
You are irreplaceable!
As you're with the cloud of witnesses in the timeless eternity, your good works continues to inspire many.
I miss you Bryant!!!
Posted by Larry McBride on May 25, 2021
You know Bryant was a amazing young man I would give him and his brother jobs to do and he completed them without asking questions in such a very short time he would say Pastor Larry we need work to buy our mother a Christmas gift, or we need to buy our sister a birthday present. He always had that smile that would make you say what is that enough. He was just little bitty guy , but he felt he could do anything he loved his family and his brother Brisson more than anything. Bryant had a spirit of Lion he didn't back down against anyone. I instructed him to always read your bible even if you don't understand. He was just like a son to me, after I blessed him with a pair basketball shoes he says we were friends for life. I miss my little Business partner God Bless.
Posted by Desiree Delilah on May 25, 2021
Bryant was a great brother, if you didn’t really know us, you would think Bryant was the big brother and in reality he acted like a big brother although we were 3 years apart. Bryant possessed wisdom beyond his age, work ethic that was unbeatable, and held family as his highest value. Last Christmas he came through with the best gifts, gifting me brand new gray and silver timberlands, my sister (Dasia) Bailey bow Ugg’s, my brother (Bryson) brand new custom air forces and gifted my mother Jadore Dior perfume with a brand new Michael kors purse, and the best part of it all was that he was overwhelmed with joy just from seeing our reactions to the presents he gave us. He was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back and never think twice about himself. He found pride in making others around him happy, his love was unmatched, his loyalty was rare. I love you so much Bryant! You are so missed and I promise to uphold your name. One day the entire world will know your name, I love you until we meet again (which will be soon because this time on earth will be gone in the blink of an eye) keep watching over us, and I’ll keep making you proud. I love you so much ❤️ FOREVER17
Posted by Max Elliott on May 25, 2021
Bryant was one of my best friends,he could have made me laugh even on a bad day,he valued family and friends to the core,he always made sure everyone he loved was doing okay,and he always did his best to help whoever he could.You were one of my favorite people,i miss you a ton bro,until we meet again.
Posted by Coriana Simmons on May 25, 2021
I miss you more then anything, I wish I could go back and change things because my life is so different now . We saw each other everyday not a day went passed we didn’t see each other . I miss your voice .I miss your personality I miss everything about you . I got years worth of memories that I share everyday TO KEEP YOUR MEMORY ALIVE . I love you so much and forever will . It will always be C&B (November 22nd 2017)

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Posted by Vince Thompson on May 3, 2022
Bryant, As this school year winds down, I look at the picture of you in my office and remember that you were our original success story. This year I attended the conference where last year I presented about your successes and people asked about you. It was with sadness that I had to share the rest of your story.  Ready to graduate, scholarship in hand and a bright future ahead and taken from this world far too soon.  As we were so proud of you for all that you accomplished, you would be proud of the program. This year we have already had two students graduate and countless others making great progress towards that goal. Maybe our, and their, success is you smiling down on all of us.  I miss your smile and your ability to bring joy to those around you. I just know that , had you been given the time, you would have done even more great things. Rest easy, smile hard my student and my friend.
Posted by Coriana Simmons on May 3, 2022
I still think about you Bryant, and I still watch all of videos. Your personality was the best . You was the happiest, funniest and had the biggest heart. I'm forever grateful to spend 4 years of our life together. I always wish we had more time. I hope heaven continues to treat you right . I'll always love you Bryant always .
Posted by Mary Arthur on May 1, 2022
Bryant Everett Wilks

I remember meeting Byrant when he was grouped together with his beautiful and unforgettable siblings; two smart and talented older sisters and one curious and enthusiastic younger brother. I had children about the same age so they all blended together into a group of happy playmates. Bryant was about 4 years old and had a smile that was so radiant. He was charming and vibrant. I remember the day we gave him a drum set. He was so excited! That same day we sat around the kitchen table with all the children and enjoyed their smiles and giggles and stories. I will never forget Bryant sitting at the drum set for the first time, drumming for Jesus with all of his heart! I remember one night when all the kids came to our house and spent the night. The girls wanted their hair straightened and Rochelle patiently straightened their hair with a flat iron, It was like she was getting them read for prom and all they did was look in the mirror and then go to bed. But it was all worth it because we were mommas taking care of our little blessings! Rochelle taught me something that night because she was willing to take the time to do something that really mattered to them. Rochelle was always taking her kids to places where they could encounter Jesus Christ and fellow believers who were full of the Holy Spirit. She wasn’t playing church. She has integrity with her words and she spoke from a grateful heart for all of God’s goodness in her life. I pray for his family to persevere through the pain of this loss. You are loved and treasured and valuable to the Lord! He wants to manifest His Kindgom through you. God always will only be good. We are made in His image and we would never want terrible things to happen to our children. Satan has messed up this world. We just need to believe God and stay close to Him. We need to keep meditating in and reading His word so He can speak to us.

James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
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Remembering Bryant

Shared by Elizabeth Smith on May 26, 2021
This is how I always want to remember Bryant. For his vibrant, funny and fun personality. The last time he was in my presence was at a candlelight vigil for my grand daughter where at the end he expressed wanting to turn his life around and reach his goals. The most touching of all is when his mother read his journal at his service. When he talked about taking care of his mother so he wouldn’t have to struggle moved me to tears because that is what he told me as a younger child. He always told me “ I’m the man of the house and I’m going to take care of my mother. Only God knows our length of time on this earth and I’m thankful for the moments in time I got to share with him and his family.  Everytime I saw him in the community he would always give me a hug or tell me hello with a bright smile and those little dimples. A life cheated out of a future. It’s good to keep his memory alive because his life meant something not only in society but to all those he encountered. I pray justice will prevail and peace will come to the family. I wish health, wealth, healing and blessing to his family. Most of all love hard and be strong and take nothing for granted. Live each day thankful that God has given us another day because Bryant didn’t get that chance. Forever on our hearts & minds ❤️❤️
Shared by Lakresha Jackson on May 26, 2021
Bryant you was a very smart handsome young man. (You always would say your the man of the house. You would always be preaching playing church.  But I enjoyed being around you all and I miss you alot. I was very heartbroken when I got the news. Fly high bee until we meet again.