Brian Joseph Silldorff

September 23, 2020


Brian Joseph Silldorff, 48, of Columbia, SC passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 due to suicide after struggling for many years with depression.  Brian is survived by his beautiful wife, Alicia Chavis Silldorff; daughter, Josey Marie Silldorff; and his beloved dog, Jax.

Brian was a 1989 graduate of Limestone HS in Bartonville, IL, a 1993 graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.  He earned his Masters Degree in 1994 from Western Illinois and immediately started his career in Charlotte, NC as the Youth Director at the Harris YMCA.  While at the YMCA, he started the long standing programs Middle School Madness, and Jammin’ at the J that were attended by thousands of youth for many years.  He then followed his heart and returned to youth ministry at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC followed up with a call to serve as the youth minister at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC. Over his twenty years in youth ministry he led groups in over one hundred mission trips in the United States and over twenty mission trips to Costa Rica were he served as an Honorary Canon to the Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica. Brian was recognized as the first youth minister to lead youth in raising over one million dollars through the World Vision youth engagement program, The 30 Hr. Famine. After Brian’s retirement from youth ministry he founded Youth Architects, a coaching and tutoring company for youth and young adults.

He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Vaden and Linda Chavis of Lexington, SC; sister, Michelle Silldorff Burrell of St. Petersburg, FL; step-mother, Sandy Silldorff, Peoria, IL; step-siblings, Teresa (Troy) McCrery, Mike (Dawn) Brockhouse, and Kim (Bill) Troutt all of Illinois; 12 nieces and nephews; and hundreds of friends who were his family around the world.  

He is predeceased by his parents, Sandra Dearth McKinley and Herbert Joseph Silldorff.

There will be a private service on Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be available to view via Facebook live. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family.

In the words of Brian, “Close ‘em, fold ‘em, and bow ‘em, this is the Lord’s time.”

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