Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN


Dr. Brant Gregory Kersey

June 11, 1968July 25, 2019
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Dr. Brant Gregory Kersey, age 51, of Knoxville, Tennessee, took his own life on Thursday, July 25, 2019 after struggling with a traumatic brain injury for over a year. Despite his struggles, he felt genuinely blessed to have spent time with his family and friends during the year after his injury. Brant was a beloved family physician who loved family dinners, movie nights, science fiction, and Major League Baseball. After graduating from Brookstone High School in Columbus, Georgia, Brant attended Duke University on an ROTC scholarship, where he made many lasting friendships through Sigma Nu fraternity. He became a Satellite Operations officer with the Air Force after college, then attended Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he met his wife, Leanne. He is preceded in death by his mother, Juliet Regina Towson, as well as his grandparents, Millie and Bob Dolan and Robert and Alice Towson. Brant is survived by his wife, Leanne McGinnis Kersey; his children, Will, Emily, and Parker Kersey; his father and step-mother, Joe and Cherry Kersey; and his sister and brother-in-law, Meredith and Kevin Horn; and their children, Sophie and Cooper. Family will receive friends Saturday, August 17, 2019 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, Tennessee from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm with Celebration of Life to follow at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Knoxville Area Brain Injury Support Group at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. Online condolences may be made at www.berryfuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 17, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 17, 2019


Dr. Brant Gregory Kersey

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Sandra Bosi

March 16, 2020

I was a patient of Dr Kersey for many years. I was so saddened by the news of the accident. He was one of the finest most compassionate doctors I have ever known. Always, spending extra time to talk, to comfort and reassure. I missed being able to see him and valued his intelligence and always felt like I was in good hand with him as a patient. My deepest sympathy to his wife and children. He was a very special doctor and person. May all of you find the comfort and love and compassion to get through this.

David Pierce-Garnett

February 3, 2020

I had no idea about Brant's passing until today. He lived across the street from me in Columbus through middle school and high school. Bright guy. Athletic. My thoughts are with him and his family.

Breckenridge Morgan

October 3, 2019

Brant was “my” doc twice over. While stationed (I was active duty Navy at the time) in Knoxville he was my assigned physician. When I retired, he took me back as a patient. Going to see him was always pleasant, even though it usually meant I was ill. He would prescribe me the appropriate medication and then add a script to “play video games” for a day. I will miss him as a fellow veteran, my doc and a warm genuine person.
Farewell Shipmate.

CS Johnson

September 20, 2019

I had no idea. No idea about many things. You'll always be a fond part of my memories and have a special place in my heart.

Greg McCann

August 21, 2019

Brant and I were friends in high school and I spent many a night at his house watching movies (they were the only family I knew that had a VideoDisc player!) and playing video games. We were such nerds. It was awesome. We both had VW Sciroccos and for a few summers we were the Scirocco Brothers. And we both served in the Air Force, so we were brothers in arms.

Farewell, brother.

Sue Ellen Walden

August 17, 2019

May the Lord comfort you at this time 🙏

Peggy Loflin

August 17, 2019

Brant: a loyal, wonderfully gifted soul, who, to top if off, was undeniably handsome.

Brant shared so much with his family and his universe before departing. I know The Kerseys will all carry so much of him with them always. No doubt he is watching over you all now and eternally.

I weep for your loss and send love and strength.

Until you meet again, I know he is with you.

David Eldridge

August 17, 2019


I was so sorry to learn of your husband's passing. I know the last year has been extremely difficult for you and your family.

Whether we see each other or not, please know that the West High community of current and past West parents are thinking of you.

I wish you all God's Peace and comfort.

All the best

Dave Eldridge

Barry Steinberg

August 17, 2019

Brant you were so much more than my doctor for the past 11 years.
You solved my mysterious illness that countless doctors before you, neither had the intellect, time or passion to resolve.
Time with your patients was critical to you. You only endeavored to achieve a positive impact on their lives and WOW did you succeed.
We became personal friends beyond the doctor patient relationship.
I am forever indebted to you and will mourn your passing.
To Leanne and kids please accept my deepest sympathies.

Anita Hurst

August 16, 2019

Thank you so much Dr. Brant Kersey. My husband, Bob, and I appreciate all your help over the years. You were an amazing Doctor and person we could talk to. I know you are with God and are now in peace. I pray for peace, comfort and understanding for your precious family. We love you. RIP Dr. Brant Kersey. Anita and Bob Hurst