Mom Of BA Teen Killed On Florida Beach: 'I Can't Think Of A Time He Wasn't Happy, Free'
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - The funeral is Saturday for the Broken Arrow teenager who died after a sand tunnel collapsed on him in Florida.
The service for Travor Brown will be at 11:00 a.m. at Life Church in Broken Arrow at 71st and 193rd.
“I couldn't have asked for a better son, and I'm gonna miss him so much,” Travor’s mom, Tarah Wyatt said.
Have you ever met someone who truly lived like there was no tomorrow? Who didn't judge others and didn't care if others judged him. That person was Travor Brown, his mom said.
“I can't think of a time when he wasn't happy and free,” said Wyatt. “A day in the life of Travor, you would just feel so free, and fearless, and at peace, and be doing whatever you wanted. Wearing whatever you want and not caring what the world says.”
Travor’s room is almost like his personal art gallery, with one wall dedicated to his drawings and quotes.
“I love this one, it’s by Gandhi, we looked it up,” Wyatt said, pointing to words scribbled in her son’s writing. “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it.”
The other walls are decorated with flannel shirts, giant posters or cow skulls. It’s a place his mom has spent a lot of time over the past several days.
“I have a lot of peace here in his room just hanging out,” Wyatt said.
Sitting in Travor's room, his mom is trying to do what her son would have wanted, putting out good vibes.
“That was his mantra, he just wanted everybody to stay positive,” she said.
It's been less than a week since Travor left this world. He died after a sand tunnel he'd dug collapsed on him in Florida.
“He was probably creating art,” she said. “He loved the sand, and the waves and the beach.”
Travor was on life support for about 36 hours.
“I didn't feel him there [in the hospital]. His body was there, but I knew he wasn't coming back once I arrived,” Wyatt said.
That’s when she knew it was time to let her youngest son go. She held his hand as he took his final breath. Then she went to the beach that took her son from her. There, she says Travor's spirit came to life.
“I could just feel peace. I could feel his spirit wrap his arms around me. I felt God and Travor just there,” his mom said. “Once I got out on the ocean I thought, 'No wonder, he wanted to stay here, and this is where he is'...and I'm at peace with that.”
Her peace grew stronger when she got back to Oklahoma and found a prayer Travor had written - asking for help changing, impacting, inspiring and encouraging thousands of people. He prayed to leave a legacy behind when he died.
“God answered prayer for him,” Travor’s mom said. “Everybody that's ever come in contact with him, or hasn't, I think he'd want them to just be peaceful and follow God, and do what's right and live a happy life. That's his legacy.”
Travor's mom has one special request for anyone planning to go to the funeral - because he was known to wear thrift store shirts, she's asking guests to wear crazy, flowery thrift store shirts just like Travor would have done.