Brandon Heath
1979 - 2009
BORN
1979
DIED
2009
Brandon Heath, age 29, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Friday, March 6, 2009.
He was born on July 26, 1979, in Milton, Fla., and was a lifelong resident of Crestview. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Brandon was a 1997 graduate of Crestview High School. He attended PJC and graduated in 2004 with a nursing degree. He was presently working as a LPN.
Survivors include his wife, Melinda Heath; parents, Michael and Dale Heath; daughter, Natalie Elizabeth; two sisters, Andrea and Johnny Wilkinson, and Vanessa Heath; grandparents, Ruth and Carl Joos; three nephews, John and Jack Wilkinson, and Mariah Maldonado; aunts and uncles, Warren Heath, Linda and Ralph Proctor, Mark and Debbie Jordan, Leitha and Steve Brogan, and Kay Henderson; and cousins, Shanda, Kimberly, Aleigha, Chad, Bryan Whitney and Caleb.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, at First United Methodist Church of Crestview with the Rev. Bruce Sheffield officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Published by Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 11, 2009.
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Happy Heavenly Birthday Brandon. You are greatly missed here on earth.
Linda Huckabee
July 27, 2021
Dear Son, today we placed your birthday flowers at the cemetery. Each year since you went to heaven we celebrate your life and how much you meant to us. We thank God you were ours even for just a while. We can't help but wonder how much you would have changed at 42 yrs. but then we realize you changed forever that night when the angels escorted you to Jesus. Know that we love you and miss you terribly. We will have chocolate cake and 42 candles in honor of you and imagine you are here to help us blow them out. Happy Birthday Brandon. Love and kisses, Mom and Dad
Dale and Mike
Family
July 24, 2021
It is an ordinary day in May and I am missing my extraordinary son. You are always on my mind and in my heart but often your smile, your laugh, come to the forefront of everything. Our memories are so much about your gift of humor and how you still affect each of us who were honored to know you, son. I see your gleaming blue eyes, deep dimples, hear your mellow voice and am so glad you called me "Mom." I love you, buddy boy.
Dale Heath
May 22, 2021
Hey there B. It's been so long but I've thought of you often- very often actually. I miss you. Do you hear me talking to you? I lost my daughter in 2016 and I think of your parents and how they feel. How do they do it? Lives taken way too soon. Someone told me God saved my daughter from a worse fate. I thought what could be worse than death... but death is worse for those of us left behind. I know you and her (and many of our friends/ loved ones) are in a far better place than we are. Doesn't really make it any easier to deal with. I only have childhood memories and a few adult passings of you but those memories were great! I will forever cherish them. You will live on in our hearts! Keep an eye on my baby girl for me. Keep us strong! Luv you B!
Sugar White
Classmate
March 7, 2021
Thinking of you.
Sheila
March 5, 2021
We miss you every single day. Knowing that we are closer to being with you again forever helps us deal with our life here without you. The memory of all that you were and what you meant to each of us is stronger than ever. Twelve years without you is nothing compared to an eternity with you! We love you, son. There has never been a son quite like you.

Love,
M0m and Dad
Dale Heath
Mother
March 3, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday Brandon. We celebrate you being our son and when you came into our lives 41 yrs. ago on Thursday night, July 26, 1979. What a joyful and wonderful time in our lives. Thankful to God that he allowed us the experience of being your parents. Never a day goes by that we don't think of you or speak your name. We will have cake and ice cream in your memory and talk about the good times and watch the videos you made. You still bring laughter although mixed with tears. We miss you. Please feel our love until we are there with you again.

Love
Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
July 24, 2020
You are missed every single day, my lovely, handsome son.
Dale heath
May 21, 2020
Sheila
March 5, 2020
Knowing you're in Heaven somehow,
doesn't ease the pain.
When you are there and I am here,
the distance is the same.

When the calendar marks
the day you left
the same time every year.
Just the time I thought it gone,
my heart yields still more tears.

This mother's love persists
to deepen all the more.
While in your absence
I hope for peace restored.

To know sorrow is
but a moment in God's time,
I am eager for our reunion
when joy will again be mine.
.......Dale J. Heath

Dad and I miss you, son.
dale heath
March 5, 2020
My heart aches with imaginings. There is a space left empty by your leaving. That space is filled with echoes of your laughter and the bigness of your character. I miss you Brandon. Some days I am awed by the knowledge of a promise fulfilled and knowing your soul is safe for eternity. Other times I am selfish and today is one of those days. I miss you. I just miss you. You are loved. You are remembered. You are missed.
Aunt Leitha Brogan
March 3, 2020
Our sweet precious boy....how much we miss you especially on special days like Christmas. Our sadness pales in comparison to the joy you are experiencing because our Savior was born. We send you Christmas kisses and long for the time we will celebrate together again. We love you, son.

Mom and Dad
dale heath
December 25, 2019
Another Christmas is upon us and you will spend it at the feet of our Savior. Im so thankful that you were born to the mother and father that you were because they raised you to be a believer. Because they did, because you accepted Christ, we are guaranteed a reunion. You are loved Sweet Brandon. We will miss you in our presence until we see you again.
Aunt Leitha Brogan
Family
December 23, 2019
Sweet Brandon, youre on my heart today like so many days before this. I cant imagine my bumbling words reaching your ears, but I pray my love reaches your heart. You are missed. You are remembered. You are loved.
Aunt Leitha
Family
October 22, 2019
Sheila
July 26, 2019
Sweet Brandon. You are remembered. You are missed. You are loved. You will celebrate your 40th year in a few hours. Jesus has been celebrating you forever and we can only imagine what that celebration looks like. Sometimes missing you steals my breath and sadness wins for a time. Sometimes, more often than not, the joy of knowing you are happy and safe brings a smile. Smiles are only natural while remembering you Brandon. What a hole is left in our hearts! I love you.
Aunt Leitha Brogan
July 25, 2019
Dear Son, I pray that each star in the heavens will kiss you on your 40th birthday on Friday. I know God has you in the warmth of His love light and a choir of angels serenades you. Here on earth we still celebrate your life and I 'give you' flowers and a card, but if I had my wish you would still be here.

You brought so many the joy of knowing you. God willing, your laughter will never leave my memory and neither will your sweet kind voice. I am proud to have been chosen to be your mother. We love you. Happy 40th Birthday.
Dale Heath
July 24, 2019
Dale Heath
July 24, 2019
Celebration....food, fireworks, being together.....freedom (for however long we have it) only makes me miss you more. I am sad. It is hard. I love you.

Mom
Dale Heath
July 4, 2019
I know you are sending me loving thoughts and peace today, Brandon. Your Mothers Day cards from years past are still here and your drawings and words have left a lasting impression on my heart. I was blessed by being the mother of three wonderful children. Knowing we will all be together one day forever is God's promise. I love you, son.
Dale Heath
May 12, 2019
My sweet boy, it hurts everyday that you are gone from me. There is no Hell like this one. I see awful murderers and liars thriving in this life while good-hearted people are taken from the people who love them. None of it makes sense. This world has gone crazy. While my heart is irreparably broken, I realize that you are the fortunate one. My heart aches to be with you, son.
Dale Heath
April 23, 2019
Thinking of you..heard that silly song on the radio that you use to make fun of.
Sheila
March 21, 2019
It's morning here and so often I wonder about your days in Heaven. I wonder what a sunrise looks like from there. I wonder about sunsets and the beauty we settle with as each day passes, and I imagine you. Do you lift weights there? Are you sitting in a circle of friends when laughter erupts and you're the one who prompts that joy? Do you paint? For all that I imagine, there is one thing that I know...you're happy. Here, happiness has changed because you aren't sharing our lives in the way that you used to. You have a place in our hearts forever, but you are physically missed. We push our sadness aside and we imagine your beautiful home and we wait. You are loved sweet Brandon. By so many, you are loved.
Leitha Brogan
March 6, 2019
I love you
Vanessa Hudson
Sister
March 5, 2019
I love you and miss you every day. I'm sad that you're gone, but happy that you're at peace. Your niece graduates this year, and you would love Marney. I can't wait to see you again. You made my sides hurt with laughter. I met a classmate of yours today....he said so many nice things about you, but was truly in awe of your artistic genius. You are loved and missed, sweet brother. More than you could ever know!
Vanessa Hudson
Sister
March 5, 2019
Can't believe it's been ten years! We miss you just as much as ever. And I think about you every day. There are things that have happened since your passing that I wish I could share with you but I know you wouldn't trade your heavenly home for anything. We will have so much to catch up on! I love you brother. Just wanted you to know that! Keep those angels laughing and we will see you soon!
Andrea
March 5, 2019
You are my sonshine, you are my sonshine, you make me happy when skies are gray, you'll never know dear how much I love you.....

XOXO MOM
Dale Heath
Mother
March 5, 2019
Dear Son, we can't believe you have been gone from us for 10 years. That this year you would have turned 40. The heartache hasn't gotten better just more bearable, knowing that with each passing day our reunion is closer. We love you more than there are words to express it. Missing you is an understatement.

Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
March 4, 2019
Sheila
January 21, 2019
Always our "He-Man."

Love and kisses,
Mom and Dad
Dale and Mike Heath
December 26, 2018
Sweet Brandon, we are missing you more and more as time passes. Christmas is here and you celebrate it once again with Jesus. I'm praying GrannyMa and Mamaw have you close by and I take comfort that you want for nothing.
Leitha Brogan
December 24, 2018
Brandon, I bet you were one of the first to welcome Grannyma into Heaven! We all miss you so much and now my mom has joined you. Our memorial table for Thanksgiving is growing, son. We love you very much.

Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
November 22, 2018
You were always my favorite nurse! Thanks for inspiring me to become one. ❤
Latanya
November 2, 2018
Sheila
November 1, 2018
Sheila
Friend
July 25, 2018
Remembering you everyday but most especially the eve before your 39th birthday. We would be having you over for dinner and cake and ice cream...but you are celebrating in glorious style in Heaven. We can't wait to be with you and Jesus and so many others. We love you, son. Happy Birthday, Bran.

Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
July 25, 2018
Thinking of you...
Sheila
July 19, 2018
Thinking of you friend....
Brandi
May 24, 2018
Sheila
May 23, 2018
Tomorrow is Mother's Day and my heart is heavy thinking of the distance between you and your mother. I know you are loving her and your entire family with a perfected being. You are loved Brandon. Time and distance don't change the love we have for you.

Forever in our hearts,
Aunt Leitha
Leitha Brogan
May 12, 2018
To the best friend I've ever had. Miss you and think about you every day.
James Coots
May 10, 2018
Sweet boy....the Light you live in now is warm and loving....you are safe now. Love.....Mom
Dale Heath
March 7, 2018
Brandon you will always be missed by your family and friends . Wish we could see your sweet smile but we know you are smiling and living the good life in Heaven.
March 6, 2018
Brandon you will always be missed and loved . Sure wish we could see that awesome smile of yours but know you are smiling and living the grand life in Heaven.
Friend
March 6, 2018
Our sweet son, you have been gone 9 years. We long to be reunited. One day...sooner than later. Jesus has you and you are perfect. No one can hurt you anymore. No pain forever. Your family and friends will never forget you. You left an indelible print on our hearts. We love you and miss you, son.

XOXO...Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
March 5, 2018
I hate every day without you, Brandon. It's been too long. I say "soon" I will be there but it isn't soon enough. I pray God gives you kisses from me. I know I'll be there one day to deliver them myself. It just cannot come soon enough. I love you and miss you so very much.

XOXO,
Mom
Dale Heath
February 19, 2018
Dear Son, I asked God to allow the angels to sing Happy Birthday to you on July 26th from your dad and me. We envision an awesome celebration there in Heaven. One day we will be there, too. We love you and miss you every minute. Kisses and hugs forever, Brandon.

Mom and Dad
Dale and Mike Heath
July 25, 2017
Sheila
July 24, 2017
Miss you and will always cherish all the smiles we shared.
Sheila
April 12, 2017
Brandon can't believe it has been eight year's since you went to live with the Lord Jesus . We all miss your smiling face Here on Earth .
Linda Huckabee
Friend
March 6, 2017
"I loved the boy with the utmost love of which my soul is capable, and he is taken from me...
yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure,
I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it."

William Wordsworth, 1812

These words adequately express our broken hearts, Brandon. We miss you so much.

Love, Mom and Dad
dale
March 6, 2017

"I loved the boy with the utmost love of which my soul is capable, and he is taken from me....yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure, I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it." William Wordsworth 1812
Dale Heath
February 22, 2017
Years have gone, so much time and my life experiences have passed without you in them. It seams you have been apart of so many of my conversations of great times passed. Miss you. Ben
January 28, 2017
I can't believe that I have allowed so much time to pass since my last entry. Brandon you must have been so excited to see Dancer come prancing through those gates! She passed on October 16th after being very ill for almost a year. I know she is now licking your face and running around playing with you and all our other loved ones who are with you now. We love you and miss you so very much. One day, son, we will all be together. I hope you can feel our love through all the galaxies.

Love,
Mom and Dad
dale
January 5, 2017
Happy 37th Birthday in Heaven, son. We miss your laughter every single day. We celebrate all that your life meant to us and others. Please dear Jesus, kiss our "baby boy" for us. We know we will be together again some day. We were honored to be the parents of Michael Brandon Heath.

Love,
Mom and Dad
Dale and Mike Heath
July 25, 2016
Just knowing you are one breath away is all I need to know. I love and miss you more every single day. I am jealous of those who are with you now. I pray that Jesus gives you my kisses.

Love,
Mom
Dale
June 21, 2016
Thinking you Brandon on this day remembering your smile and knowing that you are living with Jesus and among the Angel's in Heaven.Your are missed greatly here on earth.
Linda Huckabee
March 6, 2016
Dear Son, you know you are in our broken hearts as we observe the seventh year of your absence in our lives. We miss you so much but know you are having the time of your life for eternity. It still doesn't lessen the pain of not having you with us every single day. You mastered the art of humor and caring, passion for life and love for all. You were our star shine...and still are. We ask God to deliver the kisses and hugs we will one day be able to give in person. We love you foever,

Mom and Dad
Dale and Mike Heath
March 1, 2016
Just thinking about the rough week at work and knowing that if Brandon had been there he could have had us laughing about something. We miss you and will never forget you!
Brandi Santiago
January 20, 2016
2016? A new year without you. Holidays come and go, a stark reminder of your absence. I know you are in the Light of God's love and nothing can harm you now. It would only be selfish to want you back here on an earth where nothing but cruelty and hatred make the news...where the only thing genuine is the hope of Jesus and the promise of being together one day. I love you more than words can express, son.

Love,
Mom
Dale Heath
December 30, 2015
Just an ordinary day without my extraordinary son.I miss you every single minute of every single day but God sends me "It Is Well.." to let me know just how well you are! I love you, son. I miss saying "son." Soon we we will all be well together. ~ Mom
dale
September 10, 2015
I can't even imagine a birthday in Heaven. I can't fully imagine a perfected being, but I know you possess that. We miss you Brandon, on your birthday, and the million moments that pass from one birthday to the next.

Love,
Aunt Leitha
Leitha Brogan
July 26, 2015
We were eternally blessed on July 26, 1979. Thank You, dear Lord, for allowing us to have Brandon in our lives if even for a little while. We celebrate his short life and look forward to forever where age is nonexistent. We love, we lose, we live forever.

Brandon's Mom
Dale Heath
July 25, 2015
Thinking of you...
Sheila
June 24, 2015
Another Mother's Day minus a child, Brandon. You were remembered in every breath we took, every thought, and our conversations yesterday. You are one third of the reason why I am called "Mom." God is good to us all. You are with Him and I know it will all be over one day for all of us here. No more fighting, no more betrayals, no more war, no more of Satan wiles, no more of the things that took you away....we will be completely perfect as you are now. We like to think that Mammaw is still making you biscuits in Heaven. We will all sit at the same table again.

We look forward to that day when we can be together and that forever will be gloriously special. XOXO Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
May 11, 2015
April 15, 2015
All is missing you here on earth Brandon but peace knowing that you are flying high with the Angles .
Linda Huckabee
March 7, 2015
Brandon, the sweetest son on the earth...now, in Heaven. We miss you more than it is possible to express. Our love for you continues to grow even though you are not in our presence. One day we will be together, as God has promised.

It is unimaginable that we had to experience this kind of pain and agony. Six long years ago on this date. Somehow seems like only yesterday. XOXO

Mom and Dad
Dale Heath
March 5, 2015
Another year almost gone...and we are getting closer to being with you and Jesus forever. We love you so much, Brandon.

Mom and Dad
December 30, 2014
I lit a candle in memory of you Brandon on Sunday December 14th and posted a message that did not get posted by the Legacy Guest Book administrators for some reason. You are our sonshine always. XOXOMOM and Dad
dale heath
December 16, 2014
I miss you and your appetite, son. Thanksgiving was not the Happy we used to know. We laugh, we joke, we eat, while our hearts long for you to be with us each day, especially holidays. But who would take you from the continual feast you have forever? I would rather join you there than to ever wish you to be here again. I love you that much.

XOXOMOM
November 28, 2014
Brandon...our saint among saints. We remember you every minute of the day but especially on this most significant day: All Saints Day. We love you very much.
November 2, 2014
How do I say I miss you. I think of you so very often. In no disrespect to your wife and family I mention this... You were my 1st boyfriend so very long ago (high school crush-lol) and it left a lasting impression in my life Brandon. You treated me with respect when others didn't. I use to tell you to thank your parents for raising such a sweet boy. I annoyed your father calling you so much. We broke up but stayed friends. Years passed quickly, mutual friend (Stephen R.) remains but that impression of a great man will last forever. Brandon I know in my heart you are in a better place, because Heaven is better for having you. Is it wrong to ask for you to help keep all of us strong down here while waiting to see you again? I miss my friend.
Sugar White
October 6, 2014
Happy Birthday. I think about you everyday and miss you so much. Everyday we got to spend together I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Sheila
July 26, 2014
Happy Heavenly Birthday Brandon! We miss your light and your laughter. I love you!
Aunt Leitha
July 26, 2014
Happy Birthday Brandon! Your heavenly celebration is so much better than anything we could have had here. You have been in our lives for 35 years. Five of those years in Heaven. We will celebrate YOU on the 26th of each July as long as we live.

Although we have been denied a lifetime of your laughter and wit. The only way we can get through the here and now is to know that we will be with you eternally. Surely, there is laughter in Heaven!! We will begin again there. We love you and miss you, Brandon. Always in our hearts, son.

Mom and Dad
July 25, 2014
I miss you...it's hard to put into words just how much. You're all around me. I listen to our favorite songs every day, and think about the times we used to ride around town or just sit in your room...me trying to organize your CD collection (haha) and you getting a gym bag together. I think of movies we'd seen and the ones we were forever quoting. You'd be so proud of Mariah...she's just like you with the film making. Loves to quote movies, too. Sigh......I would really like to see you in a dream again. I love you very very much. ("trendy") =) xoxoxo
Vanessa Heath
July 8, 2014
Missing you terribly my son. You will always be my sonshine. I love you,

Mom
June 5, 2014
Today, five years ago, we had our memorial for the most wonderful son in the world. I feel you were cheated out of a good memorial, Brandon, because of the grief that consumed us. I often think of the things that should have been said on our behalf about our love for you. I know you can't hear me cry or see the tears that drown me on some days...but I hope God has been giving you the kisses and hugs I have been sending to you since your leaving. I am so thankful for your friend, Steve, who made this legacy page possible for a lifetime. The collective voice of your friends and family pay homage to the young man you became.

While one hour of a memorial could never have done justice to your life, it is these pages that accumulate over time with loving words of remembrance that are the real memorial to Michael Brandon Heath. We love you Brandon and we love our family and friends for making this legacy page a true memento of your life.

Love,
Mom
March 13, 2014
Was that you Brandon? I saw it in the sky and it was bright, then it was gone. Immediately your smile crossed my mind and I was immensely happy and horrendously sad in the same instant. I do that Brandon. I look up because our limited concept of Heaven tells us it is above us, beyond our reach...never beyond our hope. I look up because I am secure in your presence there, in Paradise. My eyes travel the entirety of the skies because here, you were bigger than life. I fully believe you are all over Heaven, spreading joy, enjoying peace, worshiping Jesus. So often I see those flashes, those bursts of light that pierce the darkness then disappear somewhere we can't follow yet. So...was that you Dear Brandon? In my heart, I believe that it was. Until next time sweet boy. I love you.
Aunt Leitha
March 11, 2014
It's been 5 years and 5 days since I heard your voice, last time I talked to you was March 5 at 8pm. So many things I wish I had said. Missing you badly and wishing I could turn back time. I read your letters and poems and remember the fun we had, moments I will always cherish. I miss you..
Sheila
March 10, 2014
Missing you so much.
Aunt Leitha
March 9, 2014
We love you and miss you sweet Brandon. We know that we will see you again but the wait seems too long. Your spirit is so close and hugs us each day and God's peace reminds us of His mercy and grace and promises. Soon Brandon..very soon.
Mom and Dad
March 6, 2014
Brandon was a kind, sweetheart of a young man, who was always thoughtful and witty. His presence in the lives of many will always be missed. He touched not only the lives of his family and friends but his patients and co-workers. His legacy has been stamped on our hearts.
February 11, 2014
Saw this today and thought of you...

The moment that you died
My heart was torn in two
One side filled with heartache,
The other died with you.

I often lie awake at night,
When the world is fast asleep, and take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks.

Remembering you is easy,
I do it everyday,
But missing you is heartache
That never goes away

I hold you tightly with in my heart, and there you will remain
Until the joyous day arrives,
That we will meet again.

I miss you....
Sheila
January 11, 2014
The fifth season of holidays has come and gone without you but I have hope for the New Year that I am closer to being with you. We love you and miss you more and more with each passing day.
xoxo Mom
January 11, 2014
Son, it is that time of year when the season of missing you even more has begun. We love you.

xoxox
Mom and Dad
November 13, 2013
Even as It had been years and I now live in Alaska, I think of you nearly daily Brandon. I was very fortunate to have you as a friend
Stephen Roschel
September 1, 2013
Happy Birthday, miss you
Sheila
July 26, 2013
There are no words to express the emptiness in our lives now that you are gone. We are anticipating when we can give you hugs and kisses again, son. You would have been 34 today...on your birthday, but now you are ageless. We still celebrate your life and how it has left its imprint on our hearts and minds forever. We love you and miss you. XXOXOX

Mom and Dad
July 26, 2013
My friend I have thought about you over the years. I have aged in years. But your memory is still sharp. My body does not respond the way it did when we first met. But I still hold dear the memories I have with you. My hand does not draw nowadays, but I still think of all of our "dumb" drawings we did. I really do miss our talks and the antics that we had together. I still call you a brother, and my love goes to you and your family.
July 16, 2013
June 26, 2013
Missing you..
Sheila
June 25, 2013
Dearest Brandon...missing you today. Heart just heavy with that empty spot. 'Empty' has a weight all it's own. Loving you so much!
Aunt Leitha
May 22, 2013
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