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12/14/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Ryan Wilcox

Ryan Mitchell Wilcox
(1991 - 12 Dec 2008)

Christchurch High School Class of 2009

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
    Incredibly, we have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning. 
   Ryan Wilcox, Christchurch High School Class of 2009,  son of Kenny ('63) and Kylie Bransford of VA, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2008 in Kilmarnock at the age of 17. 

  From Forrest Powell ('63) of VA - 12/14/08 - "Kenny and Kylie Bransford's son   Ryan Mitchell Wilcox died Dec. 12, 2008":  

I just read in the obituary section of today’s Richmond Times Dispatch that Ryan Mitchell Wilcox, son of Kenny (NNHS 63) & Kyle Bransford passed away December 12.  Ryan (age 17) was a student at Christchurch School and lived in Kilmarnock, VA.  He was a member of the crew team at Christchurch School, a junior member of the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Dept, member of Scout Troop 242 and an avid hunter.    

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday December 16 at Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, Kilmarnock.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Kilmarnock.  Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 15 Currie Funeral Home Kilmarnock.

I’m still in shock reading the Sunday newspaper. I am always upset when I see young people who die, and just was devastated when I read a couple lines of the obituary and then saw Kenny and Kylie’s names. They were recently talking to us at the class reunion about how proud they were of him and how well he was doing at Christchurch School.

   OHHH, NOOOO! Forrest, I am so very sorry to hear this news, but thank you so much for letting me know. It was so good to see Kenny and Kylie at your reunion; I cannot imagine the pain they must be feeling now.  Please extend to them my sincerest sympathies.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch - 12/14/08:
  Ryan Mitchell Wilcox  
  WILCOX, Ryan Mitchell, 17, of Kilmarnock, died December 12, 2008.

He was a student and member of the crew team at Christchurch School, a junior member of the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department, member of Boy Scout Troop 242 and an avid hunter.

Surviving are his mother and father, Kyle and Kenneth Bransford; grandparents, Kay and Thomas Carroll Somers of White Stone; brother, Eric Bransford and wife, Molly, of Richmond; sister, Bridget Morgan and husband, Mark, of High Point, N.C.; nieces, Caroline and Grace Morgan and Carter Bransford; uncles and aunts, Eric and Margaret Nost and Paul and Beth Somers, all of White Stone, John and Mary Bransford, P. K. and Wenda Bransford, Sean and Karen Malone, Tim and Lynn Bransford, all of Newport News; two cousins, Laura and Foster Nost.


Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 at Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, Kilmarnock. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Kilmarnock. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 15 at the Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Memorials may be made to Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1295, Kilmarnock, 22482 or Christchurch School Ryan Wilcox Memorial Fund, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch, 23031.

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 12/14/2008.
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December 14, 2008 

Our heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and squad members.   

Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc (Bumpass, VA)

December 14, 2008 

Dear Ryan's Family: Our son, Jake Copeland, was killed in accident during his senior year at Christchurch in 2006. There is not one day that goes by that we do not think of him. We know and feel your pain. Please let the love and support of your family and friends help to carry you through these difficult times; we would never have survived without it. Also, please know that Ryan is just fine. Even though he was just a young man with his whole life ahead of him, he accomplished what he was meant to do and then God called him to serve with Him. Feel comfort knowing that even though your heart is breaking and you do not think you can make it until the next day, that you will be given the strength to carry on. Your memories will help to keep him with you always. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Garnett and Paul Copeland   

Garnett and Paul Copeland (Tappahannock, VA) Contact me

December 14, 2008 

With deepest sympathies for the loss of such a fine young man. He will be greatly missed at Christchurch.   

Randal Brown (Christchurch, VA) Contact me

December 14, 2008 

Dear Kyle, Ken, and Family;

Just to let you know Ryan might be gone in this physical world, but he is not forgotten….Ryan was the spice of our car pool, along with each young man that rode with us their freshman year to CCS. His love of country music and disdain for rap made our car pool moments hilarious and interesting, to say the least. Ryan had a wonderful sense of humor; and it was clear Ryan wanted to serve others with his work in the fire department. Our memory of him holding his Fire Department radio on his side is what we can picture, along with his huge smile. No one can fully understand the pain and loss parents go through when something like this happens…We can only imagine if it was our own loss, our empathy is great. It pains us so much to know how much you are suffering from this tragedy and if there is anything Nick or our family can do to help you through this difficult time, let us know?

Ryan wants us to be happy, he knows we will all miss him immensely, but he knows we will all meet again.
We can already imagine Ryan trying to convince God that country music is better than classical !

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Hugs and May God bless you and yours, and also the entire CCS family,
Dave, Fran, Michelle and Nick Chiles   

Chiles Family et al (Reedville, VA) Contact me



   Our deepest condolences are extended to Kenny and Kyle and their entire family and friends at this most difficult of times.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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