ForeverMissed

This memorial was created in loving memory of Cody Wayne Neal Brainerd.  He was born July 17, 1998 and passed away March 27, 2019.  In the 20 short years Cody was with us, he made such a huge impact on every single person he ever met.  Whether in person or on You Tube, Cody made an impression.  

Cody was an avid wrestling (& WWE) fan. And because of this, he had made a huge name for himself on and with the wrestling community on You Tube.  Cody was very well admired and respected by everyone.  Which is why he would have been a great lawyer.  Which was his goal in life.  

Cody was a very loyal and honest person. He treasured any and all of his relationships. Whether it was family, friendships, love, it didn't matter. They were all extremely important to Cody. If you ever wanted someone to tell you the honest to God's truth about something, all you had to do was ask Cody. He didn't sugar coat anything either. So, you had better be sure you really wanted to hear the truth before you asked him.

Cody is survived by his mom and dad, Laurie and Parrish Brainerd of Irving, Texas, his little brother Clayton Brainerd of Irving Texas, his paternal grandmother, Charlotte Hall of Malakoff, Texas. And several cousins.

He is also survived by his four legged friends Rascal, Wilma, Butch and Sadie.  He loved them all very much.

We are all better people for having known Cody. He will be in our hearts forever. Until we meet again.

Posted by Misty Mitchell on March 29, 2021
In life there are but a handful of people who make such a lasting impression whether it be an act of kindness, or a time or place in life that you touch the other person's life. Cody my friend you were that person. I know this because it was this afternoon I sat talking to a new friend. We were looking at something I painted and a memory came to me of the last time I had the chance to speak to you. You reached out to me ask about Fiona and the very painting I was showing my friend, I remember texting a pic of it to you. Now I look at my phone and see there was a reason you crossed my mind. And I know now your as special now as you were here on earth I know it was you in spirit who came by and just as you reached out to me with a message again it is you who reached out to me again. Maybe to remind me not so much has happened that can change the fact you are a bright soul and dear friend to all who's path you crossed.
Posted by Misty Mitchell on February 5, 2020
Wanted to say I was thinking of Cody. It was over the weekend and really was not thinking much in particular may have been having a stressful day as my living arrangements are less than okay at the moment. when I found myself thinking of Cody and I wondered if maybe it was some so st of day specific to his life. Then i thought I his family and wonder how they have been. All of this made me think of how no matter what my situation is it in positive like this brave young man was then I will never fail. Let's all get to remember Cody for his strength, his steadfast attitude that anything is possible if you want it badly enough and remember to smile because he would have.
Posted by Oziel Esparza on August 29, 2019
Cody. I had no idea you had died. I won't claim to have been all that close, we hadn't spoken since graduation, but the time we did spend was fun. I would often wish we would reconnect one day, not knowing it was too late. Alas. Godspeed.
Posted by Laurie Brainerd on July 19, 2019
As hard as it was, we made it through your first birthday without you. Your 21st birthday. 
I have always believed that everything happens for a reason.....but for the life of me, I can not figure out what the reason is that made us have to lose you so early in your life. I can't wrap my mind around why God would give you all the potential that you had, all the intelligence and all the love you had to share just to take you away from us and everyone who was privileged enough to know you. I can understand how people can lose their faith after going through what we have gone through. I don't want to do that. I don't want to be mad a God for taking you away from us. But it is really hard not to be. I don't have anyone else to blame or to be mad at. They said that it wasn't anything you did to cause the brain cancer. And there wasn't anything we could have done to prevent you from getting it. And because where it was located, it wouldn't have mattered if we had found it any sooner, they still wouldn't have been able to remove it. So, we were screwed all the way around from the get go.
I wish I had snuggled with you a little more. I wish I had held your hand a little longer. I wish I had sat beside your bed a little more. I wish I could see your sweet face one more time. I wish I could here you hollar "Mom!" one more time. I wish I could hug you one more time and tell you how much I love you one more time. I wish I could hear you mess with me about Kenny Chesney one more time. I just wish we had had more time!! It just isn't fair. 
I so admire how you handled everything after you were diagnosed. You told us everyday that you still had faith. And as bad as you hated needles and getting shots, you never complained about how many times they stuck you with needles. You NEVER complained about anything!! And I don't know anyone else that could have gone through everything you did and not complain about anything! That is why, Cody, that you are my hero. I am so in awe of the person you were. And I am so blessed and proud to be your mother.
As always, Cody, I love you bigger than the sky and higher than the angels can fly! You are my angel!
Posted by Misty Mitchell on July 19, 2019
So hard to believe how quickly time goes by. You would have already celebrated a milestone for a young man. Your 21st Birthday! I wish you were here for me to tell you Happy Birthday. I can see in my mind the bashful sweet smile you would have given me. Ever so kind and humble and ready with a smile. You are an inspiration to us all. Until the day comes all the people you know and love meet up continue to watch over your family as I'm certain that is exactly what you're doing right now. Happy Birthday Friend .
Posted by Rhonda Harvey on July 18, 2019
Happy 21st heavenly birthday dear Cody - I hope you liked all the loving messages and balloons from all your family and friends and brothers. We all miss you but you are now a Guardian Angel to your Mom, Dad, Clayton and all those whose heart you have touched. You were so loved Cody, and you always will be. I am so glad I got to meet you. Lots of love, Rhonda x
Posted by Misty Mitchell on April 25, 2019
There is so much that can be said about the amazing person Cody was. He was one of the most real, steadfast and honest people I ever had the honor of knowing. When you met Cody you could clearly see this was a young man who loved his family and if you were considered a friend you had a true friend,one who held dear to his heart those he cared for. I am a friend of his mother and father and the day I met Cody it was as if I found a long lost kid brother. He and his younger brother who he was very close to and loved with all his heart, they would dog sit Fiona my Jack Russell puppy. When I say Fiona was a handful I mean it. Especially if she knew she was going home to visit the boys! One of my favorite memories of Cody is one occasion I had dropped Fiona off with him early morning. She had been there for a good almost day and a half. When something told me to look out the window and up the hill comes Cody with Fiona and the look on his face was like "someone please just take this puppy home I need a nap"!! The closer he got the the door the more ruckus she became. The entire walk up the hill she was doing her best to get loose so she could high tail it back to his house. Cody with leash in hand sets her down knocks on the door tries to hand the leash over to me and fast as lightning off she went fast as she could not back down the hill oh no..she runs her wild self all the way up the hill and takes the long way around the block all the way back down to Cody's house. The look on his face was one I'll never forget. He says I better go get her. I'll be right back but if I'm not, she will be at my house if you want to come get her when you're ready to. All I could do was laugh. I was proud of Cody and I will tell you God had blessed him in that he had all the love one could ever hope for and the most amazing parents we could all be so blessed. His was one of the most loving, close families i've ever known in my life. If you have had the honor of knowing his Family Mom Dad and his Brother, then you know what I'm saying is true. There isn't anything his parents wouldn't do for their children. In return Cody had an endless supply of happiness and love to give to all of us and to his family. We are all blessed for having known this amazing young man. The love, loyalty and all Cody stood for will forever shape the lives of all who knew him. Cody set the example we will forever strive for in hope that one day our light might shine as brightly as his that it might light the way for others as his has for all who knew and loved him. Your life, your love, all you were.. Cody your light will forever shine bright never to be forgotten.
 Cody my friend, I have never met someone who made such a possitive impression on me to the point I was inspired to make changes in my own life. You were and forever will be an inspiration to me.
Thank you for being you.
 We all miss you and honor you for the way you lived life while you were here.
And something tells me Fiona is right there by your side. May your family find peace in knowing you touched so many lives and we're genuinely loved by so many.
Posted by Robert Kenway on April 23, 2019
I never knew him personally,but I raced with him on gta every night. He was a great guy and a good friend of everyone in the racing community that knew him. Whenever I drive my patriot car, I drive it in his honor to represent him. He was apart of my racing family. But I know he's up there racing his patriot car and with wwe greats.
Posted by Rhonda Harvey on April 23, 2019
I only met Cody for the first time at Christmas time last year, but I felt I had known him forever. He was Jack's best friend, "brother", confidante and kindred spirit and for that I loved him. I used to hear them talking on Skype together, Cody's fast-paced voice, always eager, always passionate, coming through the speaker, the pair of them chatting, laughing, debating. So when I finally met him in December, it felt like I already knew him. Dear Cody - a wonderful son and friend to many - your passing has left a huge hole in many people's lives, especially Laurie, Parrish and Clayton's. But you are forever in our hearts and we know your spirit is always around and always will be. With much love, Rhonda
Posted by Anne-Marie Stovall on April 22, 2019
I had the honor of knowing Cody when he was very young. I recall when he first started school.... he was very very very smart in all areas. He was so humble about his intelligence from a young age. He loved that his mother was involved at his school. He loved wrestling and his dogs. He adored his Grandmother. He touch so many lives. I will remember his adorable smile and how lucky Iam to have known him.
Posted by Scott Gale on April 22, 2019
Cody Brainerd was an amazing inspirational best close friend of mine who I always looked up to & considered a brother & son to me he was like a brother & son combined. He was very passionate about what he did & had a heart ❤️ of gold, he always wore his heart on his sleeve, he would help anyone just like that no matter what. He brought a whole new meaning to the YouTube world & more importantly family & friendship & brotherhood, I was proud to have met Cody, he was an angel & one of the nicest guys I have gotten to known & Skype with. Rest In Peace my brother Cody Brainer I love you & will never forget you. & your spirit will always be with us. From Scott Casey Gale.

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Posted by Misty Mitchell on March 29, 2021
In life there are but a handful of people who make such a lasting impression whether it be an act of kindness, or a time or place in life that you touch the other person's life. Cody my friend you were that person. I know this because it was this afternoon I sat talking to a new friend. We were looking at something I painted and a memory came to me of the last time I had the chance to speak to you. You reached out to me ask about Fiona and the very painting I was showing my friend, I remember texting a pic of it to you. Now I look at my phone and see there was a reason you crossed my mind. And I know now your as special now as you were here on earth I know it was you in spirit who came by and just as you reached out to me with a message again it is you who reached out to me again. Maybe to remind me not so much has happened that can change the fact you are a bright soul and dear friend to all who's path you crossed.
Posted by Misty Mitchell on February 5, 2020
Wanted to say I was thinking of Cody. It was over the weekend and really was not thinking much in particular may have been having a stressful day as my living arrangements are less than okay at the moment. when I found myself thinking of Cody and I wondered if maybe it was some so st of day specific to his life. Then i thought I his family and wonder how they have been. All of this made me think of how no matter what my situation is it in positive like this brave young man was then I will never fail. Let's all get to remember Cody for his strength, his steadfast attitude that anything is possible if you want it badly enough and remember to smile because he would have.
Posted by Oziel Esparza on August 29, 2019
Cody. I had no idea you had died. I won't claim to have been all that close, we hadn't spoken since graduation, but the time we did spend was fun. I would often wish we would reconnect one day, not knowing it was too late. Alas. Godspeed.
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Cody was born at 9:22pm on July 17, 1998. After 12 hours and 7 minutes of labor. He weighed 5lbs 15oz and was 19 inches long. And from the second he was born, I knew he was the light of my life!



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