Brandon Levi “Brother” McArthur died Sunday, September 25, 2016, at his home in Jackson.  His parents, BJ and Lisa, and sister, Brittany, were by his side.  Brandon struggled since birth, with A-T, a rare neurodegenerative, recessive genetic disease, causing progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a high rate of cancer, which Brandon was diagnosed with March 20, 2015.

Brandon was born January 11, 1992, in Cape Girardeau, to Lisa Michelle (Maddox) and James William “BJ” McArthur, Jr.

In his short time with his family and friends, he lived life to the fullest, and he never met a stranger.  He was a 2011 graduate of Jackson High School.  In younger years, he was active in scouting and was the top-seller of popcorn every year.  When his sister, Brittany, swam competitevly, he was her #1 fan – well, at least he was at all of her competitions. He was a captain with MyTEAM Triumph Southeast, an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. One of Brandon’s favorite places was Vegas.  He liked playing casino games, especially the slots.

In 2010, the McArthur family purchased a rock crawler known as “The Short Bus”.  They enjoyed going to the Trucks Gone Wild off-road events at Bricks in Poplar Bluff and Bikini Bottoms in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Loving survivors include his parents, BJ and Lisa McArthur of Jackson; his sister, Brittany of Jackson; maternal grandmother, Kathy Maddox of Jackson; paternal step-grandmother, Emilie McArthur of St. Louis; maternal uncle, Mark (Sandy) Maddox of Covington, Tennessee; maternal aunt, Kim Boone of Pea Ridge, Arkansas (Glenn Boone of Malden, Missouri); maternal cousins, Diana (Nick) Bryan and daughter Chloe of Covington, Holly and Natalie Maddox of Covington, Whitney (Nathan) Montgomery and daughters Madison and Lydia of Pea Ridge, and Kailee Boone of Pea Ridge; a paternal half-aunt, Becky (Robert) Mikesell of St. Louis, and a paternal half-uncle, Stephen McArthur of St. Louis; and many, many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Billy Gene Maddox; paternal grandfather, James McArthur; paternal grandmother, Linda McArthur; and paternal great-grandparents, Charles and Virginia Beis.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 10 a.m. to service time, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 3:30 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Kevin Mann officiating with Pete Moore assisting.

In death, Brandon was a donor to A-T research, and it is the wish of the family that memorials take the form of contributions to the A-T Childrens’ Project, 5300 West Hillsboro Blvd, Suite 105, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.  To learn more, visit

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  1. Sandy

    God is by your side during this trying time.So Sorry for Y’all loss.Just to let you know Y’all r on my mind with Prayers Love You Sandy Wallace

  2. Marylene Elliott

    We send our prayers to the family of this amazing young man. He touched many lives in so many ways!

  3. Linda Dedert

    Brandon and my son went to the same daycare when they were both very young. I remember Brandon as being a very nice, sweet boy. He was diagnosed at that time and I have had nothing but good thoughts and prayers for him throughout the years. From his picture, he looks like he enjoyed the life, however short, that he was given. It saddens me much of his passing and I pray for his family in this time of grief.

  4. McCormick's at Puxico, MO

    Praying for strength and comfort during this time of loss for family. My deeply felt sympathy and condolence.

  5. Lisa moit

    Lisa, I’m sorry for your loss of your son I’m sending prayers up for you and your family…

  6. Jill Wittenborn Uhrhan

    I’m so sorry to hear about Brandon. I still remember him from Small World and he was such a sweet kid. Prayers for your family.

  7. Steve & Linda Wilson

    We enjoyed having the opportunity to meet Brandon a couple of years ago. He was quite amazing. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  8. Amy Barks

    I remember Brandon from his time at JMS. It was a privilege to have him in my class and to know your wonderful sweet family. He made me smile every single day. I have been praying for all of you.

  9. Dennis Schroeder

    Lisa, BJ, and Brittany: I know of no words that can satiate your loss. Having known Brandon though you, all I can say is that Brandon’s spirit and influence on us all will live on. A tough man who lived through tough times, may he live on through all of the good times he’s brought to his loving family and friends. My condolences go out to you and his whole family.

  10. Susan Dirnberger

    Prayers for your family at this your time of loss. Thinking of you and all the love the two of you shared for each other and those that the both of you met.

  11. Carole Smith

    To Brandon’s family Lisa, BJ and Brittany I know how special Brandon was to each of you and how devoted you were in making sure he had the best life possible. You created so many happy memories for each of you. There was no telling Lisa no when it came to doing something for Brandon. Joe and I have kept up with this special family in recent years through Facebook. We would be at the service today only my total ankle replacement is giving me problems. Know that we are there in spirit. May God comfort each of you. Your are in our prayers.. Cancer sucks. I’m making a donation to the AT Foundation to celebrate Brandon’s Life. Carole and Joe

  12. Jody Lumsden

    My heartfelt condolences to you, Lisa. Brandon was a special young man that will forever be the memories of many! God bless.

Leave Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

clear formSubmit