Brett Alan Milton

September 26, 1958 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 63)

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Brett A. Milton, 63, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2021, at 3:01 pm, in Waynesboro, VA, one week after his birthday, (as he had planned).  Brett was born on September 26, 1958, in Granite City, IL, the son of Frank (Whip) and Verlia (Bledsoe) Wilson.

In leaving us to be with his grandparents, parents, and brother, Eddie, Brett is survived by his wife, Cambridge Austin and her memories of him.  Brett is living in the memories of his family and those surviving his loss are sons, Aaron (Lori) Snead of Wood River, IL., and Jamie (Sabrina) Kirby of Troy, IL; grandsons, Collin Kayich and Connor Kirby; daughter, Wendy (James) Southers; grandchildren: Matthew Via, James L. Southers III, Presley (June bug) Southers of Waynesboro, VA; Brett’s brother, Mark (Lori) Wilson of Granite City, IL.; Jim (Pam) Bledsoe, Brett’s “ride or die cousin, brother from another mother”.  In life there are many friends, relatives, loves and protectors that are unforgettable who hold the line and are his shield, and Brett was honored to have had so many in his life. To name all would be an undertaking but here goes:  Alan & Mary Benko, Tim and Deb Tedesco, Debbie Wallace, Rich Bledsoe (influential figure when he needed one, which explains a lot LOL), Janet Via, Stacey Wells, Julie (the first line of defense, kick butt, take names nurse from Siteman Cancer Center,  Doctor Chiccoine (cancer surgeon and god, who I can never repay) from Siteman Cancer Center, Diane Rexrode (nurse at UVA cancer center that never stopped until she got the answer yes!), Kim Lowrey (Hospice Nurse who became Brett’s fighter against his nemesis) Kim said “not on my watch” and she meant it. 

A graduate of Granite City High School South in 1976, Brett found his favorite job was in the steel business, he retired from Feralloy Corporation as a Steel Mill Production Manager to pursue a life in our National Parks and was in Yellowstone when family events brought us back to Virginia.  He finished up his last job in 2019 Waynesboro, VA as a purchasing agent for Bank Design & Engineer when the biggest challenge of his life called for him in the form of a stage IV, GBM wild type tumor on the brainstem. 

Brett will be remembered as the life of the party, and he would want us to celebrate the wonderful life that he lived. He enjoyed playing golf, listening to his favorite bands, and spending time with his family and friends, grilling, joking, laughing, and loving life.

Brett led a good life and had a peaceful death – but the transition was a bitch! And for the record, he did not lose his battle with cancer. When he died, the cancer died too, so technically it was a tie! Before Brett passed, he said to tell everyone “He would not be walking the stairway to heaven but was going to take the elevator! He Loves us all and will see us on the other side.”

Memorials may be made directly to Siteman Cancer Center or support programs that help families during their cancer survival. 

 Thank you all for the out poring of support during Brett’s transformation.   Brett called the process a hostile takeover; he gave it all he had.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Charlton and Groome Funeral Home.

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