Bradley Steven Braye

bradley braye

June 12, 1962 ~ January 20, 2023

Born in: Vandalia, Illinois
Resided in: Greenville, Illinois

Bradley Steven Braye, 60, Greenville, IL, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving mother and family.

He bravely battled chronic kidney disease for 10 years and most recently home dialysis. He fought with humor that earned him respect by all of his doctors and nurses.

Brad was born in Fayette County Hospital to Wayne Richard “Dick” and Sherri (Rench) Braye, on June 12, 1962. He was blessed with his father’s huge smile and his mother’s loving heart.

He grew up in Greenville and graduated with the class of 1980. He first started working in his father’s store, Genre’s Clothing, and various fast-food restaurants, before settling into real estate appraisal.

Brad’s hobbies included reading, movies, and most especially Chapman Brother’s music, but his favorite thing was making people laugh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Braye; maternal grandparents, Everett and June (Potts) Rench; and paternal grandparents, Wayne and Hattye (Satterfield) Braye.

Brad is survived by his loving mother, Sherri Rench, of Greenville, who faced his battle by his side; step mother, Anna Braye of Greenville; siblings, Bryan (Jennifer) Braye of Greenville, and Dena (Philip Wesley) Braye; nieces and nephews, Chelsi (Bryce Parsons) Braye, Brandon (Raeshelle) Braye, Carlee Braye, Kyle Wesley, Jayda Braye, Chelsi (Derek) Toohey and Alex Franklin; and several great nephews and great nieces who brought him so much joy. He will be missed by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. They will forever smile when they hear the word “swell” as it was always his answer to the question, “How are you feeling?” He never complained.

Brad loved being a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church, Pastor Matt Mendenhall, and all of his church family.

The family will host a visitation from 10:00 am -11:00 am., Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Smith Grove Baptist Church, 949 Airport Ave., Greenville, IL 62246 and a memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Matt Mendenhall officiating.

Memorials may be given to the Smith Grove Baptist Church, 949 Airport Ave., Greenville, IL 62246, in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, per Brad’s request, as his church nurtured his faith and gave him such strength.

The family has entrusted Assalley-Young Funeral Home in Greenville with arrangements.

Please visit to share memories or offer condolences to the family.



Visitation: January 28, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Smith Grove Baptist Church
949 Airport Ave.,
Greenville, IL 62246

Memorial Service: January 28, 2023 11:00 am

Smith Grove Baptist Church
949 Airport Ave.,
Greenville, IL 62246

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Bradley Steven Braye 's name.

Smith Grove Baptist Church

949 Airport Ave.
Greenville, IL

Memories Timeline


  1. Brad always had a smile that he shared with everyone.
    I remember he was a sweet & kind person.
    My regards to your family & when they think of you, they will smile too.

  2. 4 years of homeroom never a dull moment. You always made me laugh. You was a great friend. You will be in my heart forever. Until we meet again my dear friend. Love you Brad.

  3. I will truly miss his smile and coming into LuBobs wanting a piece of peach pie and knowing he couldn’t have it and I wouldn’t let him have it He truly loved seeing pictures of my bulldogs Luv and miss u Brad

  4. Bradley always had a great smile and beautiful personality, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. Bradley was a dear friend and classmate, whom I have fond memories of playing little league baseball with when we were kids in Greenville.

  6. Brad was a great guy; always found a way to use humor to get past difficulties.

    You will be missed

    My condolences to his family; I wish could attend the visitation

  7. Bobbie Rench Reck
    Sherri, Bryan & Dena- So sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. May God comfort you during this time of sadness.

  8. I just heard about Brad. I am so sorry for your loss. I had several conversations with him in December, but I did not grasp how immediate the situation was. Even in those last weeks Brad appeared to be upbeat, and very thoughtful of his family and his friends. We talked about the situation, and he was determined to face the challenges ahead bravely and was at peace with the process. Brad was always on the move and happy to be around. He will be missed. Good thoughts to you all today, and every day.

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