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Mark Wesley Brax
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1989
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 2012
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Mark Wesley Brax, 23, formerly of Cincinnati, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Branham, Chris Cooper, Craig Archer, Lana Sims IV, McLean Sims, Matthew Phenix, Russell Brax and David Brax. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

A life taken way too early in a tragic accident, he was loved and cherished by all his family and friends. Wesley died Saturday, April 14, 2012. Born in Columbia, he was a son of Robert Harri Brax and Mary Beth Sims Branham. He attended Lexington and A.C. Flora High schools and graduated from the S.C. Governor's School for Arts and Humanities. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University with a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, Magna Cum Laude. In addition, he was pursuing a Master's of Music in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Wesley recently performed as the bass soloist for CCM's performance of Bach's Matthaus-Passion and premiered a solo work at the Midwest Composers Symposium. While at FSU, he participated in several operas in both ensemble and leading capacities. Wesley has received honors from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham and the Southeastern Regional NATS Auditions. Wesley spent the summer of 2011 as a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass. and was invited back to Tanglewood for 2012. He was the baritone soloist for the performance of Handel's Messiah at St. Peters Catholic Church and Washington Street United Methodist Church. He was also a vocalist in St. Joseph's choir, Shandon United Methodist choir and various other churches in Tallahassee and Cincinnati. He recently received the honor of grand prize winner of the student category in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition. A devoted Catholic, one of the highlights of his life was to sing with the FSU University Singers at the Vatican for the Pope.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Sharon Brax; brothers, Daniel Branham of Columbia, Craig Archer (Kim) of Augusta, Ga., Chris Cooper (Lindsay) of Lexington; uncles, Lana Sims (Ann), Ted Sims (Allison), Russ Brax (Debbie), Don Brax (Jennifer); aunts, Cathy Phenix (David), Debbie Hacek (Jack); maternal grandmother, Priscilla Sims of Columbia; paternal grandparents, Caryl Brax of Cary, Ill., Harri Brax of Panama City, Fla.

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Governor's School for Arts and Humanities, 15 University St., Greenville, SC 29601; or for a Vocal Scholarship honoring Wesley, The FSU Foundation, Office of the Dean, College of Music, Florida State University, Housewright Music Building, P.O. Box 3061180, Tallahassee, FL 32306.
 
 
Burial:
Elmwood Memorial Gardens
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 18, 2012
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- Kimberly Archer
 Added: Dec. 15, 2016
I was blessed in that God let me hear you sing today. You are with him.
- Beverly Hayes
 Added: Sep. 29, 2015
Love you Wes!
- Kimberly Archer
 Added: Apr. 20, 2015
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