Ergun Caner’s 15-year-old son, Braxton Paige, committed suicide in recent days. Caner is president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, as well as a well-known Christian author and Baptist minister.
Early on July 30th, Caner posted “1 Thessalonians 4:13-14” on his Twitter account. The verses, which are about Christians who die before Christ’s return, read: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
A few hours later, Caner posted the following message as the news broke of his son’s suicide.
No words. No sermon. No funny quotes. No answers. No note. Nothing but excruciating pain & the assurance that I'll see him in Glory
— Ergun Mehmet Caner (@erguncaner) July 30, 2014
On Thursday morning, Caner tweeted a photo of Braxton Paige’s baptism along with the caption, “January 29, 2006.”
January 29, 2006. pic.twitter.com/Tn1lOH34bX
— Ergun Mehmet Caner (@erguncaner) July 31, 2014
According to Brewton-Parker College, the funeral will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, August 2, at New River Fellowship Church, 3252 Interstate 20 Frontage Rd., Hudson Oaks, TX 76087.
The full statement by the college is below:
Our hearts are filled with great sorrow as the entire Brewton-Parker College family grieves with its beloved President, Dr. Ergun Caner, his wife Jill, and Drake, their youngest son over the tragic death of their oldest son and big brother, Braxton Paige Caner. Braxton was born March 8, 1999 in Denver, Colorado. He came to faith in Christ at the tender age of six and was baptized by his dad at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Braxton would later reaffirm his commitment to Christ at a youth camp under the preaching of evangelist Tony Nolan. Consequently, he began travelling with his dad and sharing his faith on mission trips, evangelistic meetings, Bible conferences, and youth camps in forty-one states as well as foreign countries including Kenya, Israel, Wales, and the Bahamas. He was a member of the Willow Park Baptist Church in Aledo, Texas.
Braxton Caner was energetic and outgoing. In football, he held a starting guard position for the Aledo High School Bearcats and was to enter his sophomore year next month.
The Caner family and Brewton-Parker College community covet your prayers as we walk through this painful time together.
All expressions of sympathy may be addressed to The Caner Family in care of Brewton-Parker College P.O. Box 197 Mount Vernon, GA 30445.
Or, if you prefer, you may send a digital expression of support via email to [email protected] You may call (912)-583-3144 for updates.
New River Fellowship Church 3252 Interstate 20 Frontage Rd,
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
2pm Saturday, Aug. 2nd.