Kayla Renee Brake

October 27, 1995February 20, 2019
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Kayla Renee Brake, 23 of Sneads Ferry and her child James Cassidy Bernard Ortego, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Kayla was a loving daughter, sister, wife, and soon to be mother. She earned her Associates degree from Blinn College in College Station Texas. She then went on to earn the title United States Marine. She faithfully served her country in the USMC. In accordance with her caring nature she spent many hours volunteering her time to various organizations through the Single Marine Program, impacting numerous civilian and military lives. Kayla is preceded in death by her grandfather, J.C. Brake and her great grandparents; Wilburn and Arlene Freeman. She is survived by her husband Brice Ortego of Baton Rouge, LA, parents; Jason and Heather Brake, sister, Sarah Ashlee Brake, all currently stationed at Ft. Shafter, HI, grand parents, John and Ila Strickland of Wilmington, NC, Jack and Alice Shropshire of Greensboro, NC, Robert and Maxine Pike of New Richmond, WI, and aunt, Dana Sweet of Wilmington NC. The family will receive friends from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Funeral services will begin at 3:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Kayla's honor to your local USO or veteran’s organization of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Sueann Aufderheide

March 3, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during thing very difficult journey. We were shocked to hear what happened. It was wonderful getting to know you all and sharing our time with Kayla when we went on our Jungle Jump-off Missions Trip. Hard to believe it was so long ago when you all first joined our church! Very fond memories. So heartbreaking. God bless you and keep you close.
Sueann, Ed & Kait Aufderheide
Lower Burrell, PA

Tony and Theresa Beaugh

February 26, 2019

Theresa and I want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Brake family, and to Brice and the Ortego family for the loss of Kayla and baby James. We know that words are so inadequate during this time of mourning, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless and strengthen you in this most difficult time.