WILMINGTON — Brandon Joel Callahan, 41, beloved son, father, brother and grandson, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at his home. He was born March 3, 1980, in Wilmington, the son of David Earl Callahan and Donna MaMahan Davis.
He leaves behind his mother; daughter, Brinklee; brother, Brice Baldree; and paternal grandparents, Jerry and Naomia McMahan.
To all of those that touched Brandon’s life and those of you his gentle words and spirit touched,
Thank you for being his friend and part of his life.
Brandon had a huge heart. If you were in his world, he loved you. He held no grudge. His friends had become his family, that’s just how Brandon was.
He left loving his family, loving his beautiful daughter, my precious granddaughter, Brinklee Kade Rhew. Brinklee’s mother Kassie was his one and only real true love. He would want you to know that, Kassie. He missed you.
Brandon struggled every day of his life since someone introduced him to the drug world, he said at 15 years old. At 21, when I found out, I got him into rehab. What a joke right? From that point on, his life started rotating between drugs, jail or prison. He sought help for 22 years; it was a disease and is a disease. He told me he didn’t understand why he couldn’t stop using and finally just accepted that this was just who he was; that was a lie that the devil told him. He had been clean for 30 days to the date at least with heroin. He had changed, his heart was light again.
He left me, his mother, I adored him. I felt helpless most of this part of his life. He left his brother, Brice; he loved the ground he walked on. He left his grandparents who cherished him; they were his rock. We lost a very special human being that knew about life after death. He wanted to make sure Jesus knew that, so he was baptized twice.
When you need someone in your darkest moments, call out his name because I’m sure Brandon’s spirit will be with you. He would tell you life is too short, so find love and happiness. My son will forever be missed by so many.
But know he’s right around the corner he hasn’t gone far. Brandon crossed over to be whole again he’s fine now. I love you, son; you saved me.
P.S. There was you too Tasha, he loved you so much, you were his soul friend. You made him smile.
Family and friends will gather at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 31, for a celebration of life service at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Coastal Horizons Addiction Center, 615 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28412 in memory of Brandon would be greatly appreciated.
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