Brian Wesley Posey was born on July 10, 1969 to Darlene A. Mixon and Herbert R. Posey in Detroit, Michigan. Brian passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, June 17, 2023 after a short battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
He was preceded in death by his mother Darlene Mixon, stepfather Hubert Mixon Sr, and father Herbert Posey. Also, both his maternal and paternal grandparents, and two uncles.
He is survived by his loving wife Yvonne Starkey-Posey, two daughters Simone Faith and Sidney Hope Posey, as well as his granddaughter Sayani Faith Grace Knight. Brian also leaves behind two sisters Kendalyn Jones and Jami Mixon, two brothers Gregory Posey Sr. and Jerimy Mixon, 4 sisters-in-laws, Jessica Starkey, Michelle Christian (Archie), Duanita Starkey, Jennifer Mitchell and a brother-in-law, Archie Christian, 10 nieces, 12 nephews, as well as a host of great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.
Brian attended Forest Park High School. He was a laid back person everyone got along with and loved. Being the middle child, his mom would always say he simply went with the flow and never asked for much. Known to many as Oollie, people often wondered where that nickname came from. When he was younger, he couldn’t say “little bit” but rather “a oollie bit more”. His maternal grandfather lovingly made that his nickname. Growing up, you would find Oollie somewhere tumbling on the grass in Winton Terrace or playing baseball, softball and breakdancing. But the most important thing to him was family. He was the one his siblings could go to whether to cry, vent, ask for help or simply get advice. He never knew the word no and was not judgmental.
His love for children started at an early age, watching his older sister Kendalyn care for her four children. He would follow behind his big brother Greg in the neighborhood or any place you could find a baseball. They were inseparable. By the age of 20, Brian would have lost the man that raised him, his step-father Hubert Mixon Sr. (Pops). So in true Brian fashion, he stepped in to help his mother raise his younger siblings Jami and Jerimy. From driving his sister all around the city to being at every baseball and basketball game for Jerimy, he never missed a beat.
Brian was introduced to his wife, Yvonne, by his sister-in-law, Gina. Gina thought they would be a perfect pair. After a short courtship of 3 months, the two were engaged to be married. During their year and half engagement, Brian worked tirelessly to pay for their wedding and a down payment for a home. On September 20th, 1997 the two were wed.
They enjoyed building a beautiful life together, visiting nearby cities and taking in all of the scenery and attractions. God blessed them with two amazing daughters, Simone and Sidney, often referred to as “his and hers twins” in October 2002.
Brian was a dedicated employee, working alongside his mother for years in the hospitality industry before starting his long career at U.S. Playing Cards as a Lead Maching Adjuster. Brian could take a machine apart and put it back together like nobody else! Brian was so handy and would be the first to tell you that he loved to start projects, but was not so good at finishing them. Their home in Forest Park left him with plenty of opportunities to do just that. Neighbors and friends knew that if you saw Brian, you would likely see him with a cup of coffee. That’s a love that he got from his mother.
If you had to describe Brian in a few words, they would be: quite, content, easy-going, family man, committed, loving and caring.
Family over everything was his motto. Always at every practice, game, concert or event. He loved to open up his home to family for gatherings, to eat, play games and most importantly, spend quality time together.
The Brian you all knew, even from years ago, was the same Brian until the end. He loved unconditional, loyal to a fault and would always be the person people knew they could count on. His biggest accomplishments were his kids and we are so grateful that he got to see the next generation of his family continue on with the birth of his first grandchild – Sayani Faith Grace. In the short amount of time that he got with her, she was able to feel all the love and sense of family that he would have surrounded her with as she grows to carry on his legacy.
Job well done, you fought a good fight, we will take it from here.