St. Louis Cremation

Joseph David Gareth McBrayer

Joseph David Gareth McBrayer would have turned 54 years old on June 26, but lost his valiant battle with cancer on June 16, 2019. Joe passed peacefully among his family.

He is survived by his wife Bernadete McBrayer and his son Gabriel John Duane McBrayer, his brother Mick/Gina McBrayer, his sister Liz/Jay Rock, his nieces and nephews Jennifer, Megan, Sammy, Andrew, Shelby and Josh and great-nephew Leo and great-niece Samaia.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Mac and Mitzie and brother Tommy. Joe was an avid baseball lover, especially his home team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He was very proud of completing his Master’s degree in education and loved working with children, especially those with special needs.

A celebration of his life will take place Saturday,
June 22, at 11:00am at the Community of Christ church at
830 N. Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood MO 63122.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


  1. Daniel Shoptaw on June 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Joe was one of the most consistent, most dedicated bloggers in our group. Always knew he was up for participating in a project or would be at our annual meet-up. He will definitely be missed.

  2. Duane and Cathy Porter on June 17, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Duane, David and I are remembering you all at this time. Joe was the youngest of a great family that meant so much to our family. While we cannot be with you physically, we will be with you in heart and mind on Saturday. We love you all so much.

  3. Ruth Richardson on June 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I am thinking of you all, and holding you close in my prayers. Joe was a wonderful person, kind, gentle, loving, and giving. He left us richer than he found us for sure.

  4. Fam.Raffaele schena on June 17, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Noi tutti ci uniamo al dolore per la perdita del frarello Joe.Vi siamo vicini in questo momento di dolore,sapendo che Joe e’ in paradiso e che da lassu’ preghera’ per tutti noi.Un forte abbraccio a tutta la fam.Coraggio.

  5. Paul De Margel on June 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Humble and kind. Charming and well spoken. A gentle person who loved everyone… everything. A big heart and mind. Always lovely to be around. I will miss you Joe and remember you always.

  6. Eleuza Oliveira on June 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    So sorry about your loss Berna!! Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    You’re in my heart! I know my friend is in peace! Hugging your hearts!

  7. Michelle Schengber (Dyson) on June 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Joe was a very sweet person. He will be missed by many. Always very positive and uplifting. My condolences to his wife Bernadete and son Gabe.

    Sincerely, Michelle

  8. Blake Snow on June 17, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Knowing this was going to happen soon sure does not make it any easier now that is has. My love, hugs, thoughts and prayers go out to Gabe, Bernadete and the rest of the McBrayer clan. He loved his Cardinals.

  9. Sam Dimitrakis on June 17, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Joe is everywhere and inspiring us all to love more deeply.

  10. Coach jason on June 18, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Joe was such a great friend. We would joke throughout the day at work. Joe was always positive. He never spoke negatively of anyone. He was the most genuine guy I have ever known who was nothing but good and made others feel better. Joe was one of the few truely nice people I have ever. Met. I am so glad we were friends.

  11. Robert L. McBrayer on June 18, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Most sincere condolences are extended to Joe’s family on behalf of the MacBrair Family Association. May he rest in peace.

  12. Shelley on June 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Joe, you will be missed! Love having you all as part of the family. Too many great memories of the kids growing up & spending time together to just be friends. Thanks for always being there for us & know that we are always here for you as well. My heart goes out to you!

  13. Randee Larimer on June 22, 2019 at 7:49 am

    while I never had the privilege to meet Joe or his family in person , I did meet him through the international website TIWWA and later followed him on FB. it seems only yesterday Joe shared his joy with us about adopting his son Gabe . we won’t forget you Joe or your amazing family . RIP ‘ High Plains Drifter ‘

  14. Lesli Guzman on June 23, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. Joe has been part of our church family my whole life. My thoughts are with Bernadette and Gabriel as they learn to navigate this life without him by their side. My thoughts are with you also Liz. You are the living memory holder of our past family events. These will always be a part of me. Love you all, Lesli

  15. Darlene Luke on June 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    As with Randee Larimer, I too never had the privilege of meeting Joe, but we became friends at the International website TIWWA (This Is Who We Are). He is dearly missed, and as with others, he will always be honored at the site, and never forgotten. Divine love and prayers to his family.

  16. Kristina on July 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I had the pleasure of taking care of Joe. He was such a stoic and gentle man, the little amount of time I got to know him I could see that. I’m very sorry for your families loss. My thoughts and prayer are with you.

  17. Christine McBrayer on September 28, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I was just thinking about him and saw this. Such a sweet guy. Hug to his family

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