August 18, 1984 – April 23, 2022
On April 23, 2022, our hearts were deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved O’Bryan, whom God called home to rest, when He said, ‘NO MORE’ my child. Mr. O’Bryan Orlando Mapp, affectionately known as “OB” or “BOP”, was born on August 18, 1984, to Natalie Parham Mapp and Orlando Mapp. He was educated in the Chesterfield Public School System and graduated from Chesterfield Community High School in 2003.
At the age of six, he began playing baseball, but as time progressed, he developed a love for practically all sports. As an all-around athlete, he participated in baseball, football, basketball, wrestling, and boxing, and received many awards for his outstanding achievements. In August 2000, he went to Honolulu, Hawaii to compete in the People to People Sports Ambassadors for the United States.
In later years, he became interested in boxing and won the Golden Gloves twice for the State of Virginia. He was also a runner-up in the Regional Championship, and trained at the Ninth Division Boxing Gym, Richmond for several years.
O’Bryan accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Morning Star Baptist Church, Petersburg, under the leadership of the late Pastor Paul Johnson, where he served as a junior usher, a member of the youth choir, and participated in various plays and presentations. Later, he joined the Living Waters Ministry under the late Pastor Robert N. Bradley and became a member of the RIOT Team (Righteous Invasion of Truth). As a member of this youth group, each person was given an opportunity to preach every third Sunday (an assignment which O’Bryan enthusiastically embraced).
Those left to treasure and cherish his memory: his devoted mother, Natalie Parham Mapp of South Chesterfield, VA; his devoted maternal grandmother, Annie Parham of South Chesterfield, VA; one devoted maternal aunt, Kimberly Taylor (Danny) of Evans, GA; father, Orlando Mapp (Rena) of Williamsburg, VA; two sisters, Tiana Mapp and R’landa Mapp of Williamsburg, VA; one paternal aunt, Leavonna Roland of Georgia; four great aunts, Dr. Velma Green (Simeon) of Richmond, VA, Mary Carroll, Mildred Dodson and Rosa Jackson all of Petersburg, VA; three great uncles, Roy Parham of Hackensack, NJ and Leroy Jones of Missoula, MT, and Percy “Lo” Jones of Atlanta, GA; two adopted aunts, Minister Pauline Trisvan and Carol Johnson both of Petersburg, VA; one adopted uncle, Samuel Johnson (Darlene) of Merritt Island, FL; three devoted cousins, Elena “Penny” Jones of Petersburg, VA, John Carroll (Chevon) of Colonial Heights, VA, and Danerio Parham of Evans, GA; godmother, Irma Monroe of Dallas, TX; god-brother, Ahmad Monroe (Frances) of Dallas, TX; god-sister, Dejah Harrison (Maurice) of Hopewell, VA; and a host of other cousins and friends too numerous to name.
O’Bryan will truly be missed for his infectious smile and his wonderful sense of humor, but we know that in the days that lie ahead, we can find comfort and strength in the memories that we hold dear, and the words from one of his favorite scriptures which tells us to.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thy own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.