Posted by Your cousin Tammy miller Hughes on June 21,2011
Pam, Steve and Stephanie,
I have finally found you. I am so proud of how hard you worked at getting chandler's bill into law. you did something that will protect your other cousin my ten year old son Anthony Hughes. I know how hard you worked. I want you to know I love you and am proud of you guys. Miss you so much. email me when you see this.
Posted by Corey Clark on May 10,2011
It's been 8 years. I think of you every mother's day and I always contemplate sending you flowers or a card.
I was in Faith Baptist Youth Group and I was at the hospital on May 10.
Even now, I'm still sad, but I remember the love of Christ and I can only look forward to seeing Chandler again covered in God's glory.
Reminds me of the song Chandler was practicing- I can only imagine by Mercy Me
My love and prayers go out for you today.
Posted by Diane Amacher on April 28,2011
Pam and Steve, Melissa and I are so happy the bill passed. No one should have to go through that kind of heart break. Chandler was so sweet.
Posted by Marie Lewis on April 27,2011
Congratulations....looks like this may be the year for Chandler's Law to pass! I am very proud of how hard you have worked to keep kids safe! I have been urging everyone I know to keep making those phone calls and contacts. Let me know what else I can do. Love to you all!
Posted by Heather Baxley on April 26,2011
I wish I would have known that this site existed earlier but seeing it brought back many memories of Chandler. We grew up together and he was the sweetest guy I have ever met. And to this day I still miss him so much. We were both at the same pool party the day he passed away. After his death, I slept with a picture from eighth grade under my pillow that was of me and Chandler and two of our friends. I even had a dove attached to it in memory of Chandler. Recently when Chandler Allen passed away, I realized I couldn’t go to the burial site because the last time I was at that burial site was when Chandler Saylor was laid to rest. I wish he was still with us today because he was such a positive role model for everyone he came in contact with. I still miss his laugh, his smile, and his courage. Fortunately, I was able to know this wonderful young man as well as amazing friend. I am glad “Chandler’s Law” finally cleared and the House and Senate and feel that if it would have been enacted sooner; less ATV accidents would have occurred. Chandler would be so proud!
Posted by carolyn adnerson on March 11,2011
sue sent me a news piece about "chandler's law".
your perserverance is admirable and certainly a tribute to chandler. i wish you the best for passage.
Posted by Tressa Heinen on February 16,2011
A wonderful web-site! I just finished reading that the bill passed through to congress.... yeah! I am a pediatric trauma nurse at MUSC. My grandson was seriously injured in Dec. 2004 in an ATV accident. He was 2 at the time. (He had many months of recovery but is doing well. I have been following this bill for a couple years and will be going to Columbia on March 2nd to speak a few words. Thanks for pushing this. Although it has taken years I know it is close to your heart and will help to save countless children in the future.
Posted by Swearingen Family on May 11,2010
Thinking of all of you and remembering our friend.
Posted by SGT murphy dale on February 26,2009
Hi Mrs. Pam and Mr. Steve, well as you know im here in iraq again and i just wanted to let you know that even here there is hardly a day that goes by without you and lil red running through my mind. i sometimes find my mind wondering from whats at hand and i always see you and him. I only have a few months left before i come for R&R (june) and i hope that i get to come up to the lake with you or something. well i love yall and i will see you soon.
Posted by fallon corley on November 29,2008
I remember when i was a younge girl and i played ball at the swansea ball park my aunt Teresa Saylor was the coach of my team and eveyday that i would go practice Chandler was the one i always threw the ball with befor a game and befor practice. He was always in a happy mood and he always had a big smile on his face. I remember the day i heard of his passing it hurt really bad and i want to tell yall that i am so sorry for your lose and Chandler will always have a special place in my heart. God bless
Posted by carolyn lupo on September 18,2008
Just wanted you to know you are doing a wonderful thing to help others and remembering your son at the same time.
It was good meeting you Monday at he Family Literacy workshop and I hope to see you again soon.
God Bless all of you now and always.
Posted by Jackie West Spangler on June 30,2008
I "stumbled" onto this website as I was looking for school information for a paper I'm working on. What a wonderful tribute to Chandler!! The photos brought back many fond memories of Chandler and you. I hope things are going well in Lexington 4! God bless you and your family!
Posted by dale murphy on May 12,2008
well i was just thinking of yall and wanted yall to know that i love you and think of yall everyday.
Posted by Cecile Boyd-Butera on March 03,2008
To Chandler's Mom:
I came across your story while searching for ATV fatalities in Mississippi. You've made a wonderful tribute to your son's life. He sounds alot like my son. Your website confirms that Chandler did exist and had so much potential, so much life yet to live. I know the heartache you feel. My son was also killed on an ATV March 24, 2007. He was 18 and just starting to make the turn into becoming a fine a young man (Still boyish). But he will always be my boy just like Chandler will always be your boy. It has almost been a year and it still seems so surreal. I just keep waiting for him to come through the door yelling "Mamma, I'm home!"
But Christopher is home. I wonder if Chandler & Chris have met in Heaven.
"Stay strong, because it won't be long, when we all get togather in Heaven.
Posted by Tina Stevens (Mother of Anthony morris) on February 16,2008
My son Anthony also died on a off road vehicle May 27,2006. He was 14 and I wanted to say that this is a wonderful thing you are doing. I did not know my son was riding this dune buggy and it kills me everyday. February 26 of this year he will be16..I am always wondering where he he would be at this point in his life but now he is in heaven and I will never know what he would grow up to be. I am very sorry for your loss and the only way anyone could know the loss or the feeling would be to lose a child which I dont wish apone anyone.....Thank you
Posted by Juliann Rucker on September 10,2007
"Whats Left behind".
There's a family that needs a lot of hope.
A small town school learning to cope,
Some more birthday cakes that want be eaten .
A college application that want be written.
A golf shirt that should have been worn.
And a baby that want be born.
There are wedding vows that cant be said.
A name at graduation that want be read .
College stories that will never be told.
One less hand for us to hold.
Happy tears that will never be cried.
A lot more patience that want be tried.
A lot of things left undone.
By life which had just begun.
We want to go back.
We want to rewind.
But we will never forget,
What he left behind.
IN LOVING MEMORY
Posted by Sarah Fulmer on June 20,2007
Dear Pam and Steve,
Was so glad that Brad was able to be a part of the golf tournament. Please let me know if I can be of any help for next years tournament. The company I work for will be glad to donate some give aways.
Hope all is well with the rest of the family. I think and pray for you all often.
Posted by Scott Moore on May 30,2007
Keep after them- don't give up. Our Gov is a looser on this one. Not much of a leader in this area- unfortunately. I sent him an email to that affect- his own kids don't even wear helmets. I have access to data on the number of kids with brain injuries in the state. If you need that data feel free to email me. I am a motorcycle rider and always wear full gear all the time. good luck.
Posted by cindy blackmon on May 24,2007
I would like to let you know that my husband will be playing in the golf tournament on June 16th. I really wish we could do more. I wish you all the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Chris and Cindy Blackmon
Posted by Natalie Weathers on May 23,2007
Pam and Steve - I'm always thinking about you all and my prayers are with you. I'll never forget that bright young fella with the great sense of humor and how proud he is watching over you all every day.
Posted by Kely Waldrop on May 17,2007
I just read in the local paper where Mark Sanford vetoed Chandler's Law. I totally agree with what I have read that you are trying to get put into place. I have never heard of Chandler or his wreck, but hate that your family has to suffer such a loss, but I rally with you on the law you are trying to get past. As an adult I rode an ATV and wrecked. I could have suffered a fatal wreck myself, now we have an 11 yr old that is insistant without any training to get on the back of one. I am very adament about her getting on one for the same fear. It causes a lot of arguments, but I will not back down. If there is anything I can do to help in this fight, PLEASE use me to your advantage.
concerned SC resident & parent
Posted by LaDonna Smith on May 12,2007
Pam and Family,
Thinking of you this weekend.
Posted by Aunt Brenda, Jamie, Tommy and Jim on May 12,2007
As a mom, I can't imagine what you have to deal with everyday. We know Chandler touched a lot of people's hearts and lives along his way.
He is still helping young people with their education and lives along the way.
As your sister, I know this is true, everyday of my life I have loved and will always love and care about you.
I love you Pam,
Your sister, Brenda
Posted by Cousins Anthony, Tammy Miller Hughes on May 12,2007
Our cousin Chandler may be physcally gone,
but, because he knew Jesus as his Savior, his spirit will continue to live on, in peace, love and happiness he has never known.
We miss his presence not being able to be here physically with us,
but eternally he is in Heaven, watching over all of us, as an angel with our Lord and Savior Jesus.
The bible says \\\\\\\"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord\\\\\\\"
We love you Pam,Steve, Steph, and Chris..
Love your cousins. Anthony, and Tammy Miller Hughes
Posted by wm. e. mills BILLY BOB on May 10,2007
I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH STEVE PAM CHRIS AND ROONIE, MY HEART FELT LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU . HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS,THATS NO DOUBT. BUT NEVER FORGET THE LOVE IN HIS HEART FOR EVERYONE. WHAT A KID !!! I LOVE YOU ALL, AND THINK OF YOU ALL ESPECIALLY ON THIS DAY. MAY GOD BLESS YALL,AND KEEP YOU. LOVE UNCLE BILLY
Posted by Jerrica Baker on April 26,2007
Hey Ms. Pammie and Mr. Steve! Hope all is well and I miss ya'll. If ya'll need anything feel free to call me at 803-796-8634. I know it's getting close to that time of year, and its still hard to deal with everything, but ya'll know I'm there 100%
Posted by Joe and Rene Westbrook on March 30,2007
I wish you all of the best in your fight to pass the Chandlers Law, Keep it up dont ever give up. I'm sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and Trust in God for the greatest outcome to pass this bill. I beleive Mark Sanford should be more compassionate and at least try to fix this problem, to make sure this tragedy dosent happen to any other families.
God bless and be with all.
Posted by Jackie, sandy,meg, &alex anderson on March 23,2007
We just wanted to let you know, that we think of your family often. We miss the old times at the baseball field, watching the children learn and grow. Seems like yesterday they were so small. You were blessed with two beautiful children. We are so sad for you, that Chandler was taken at such a young age. Just found the site for Chandler and wanted to let you know that you did a great with the website. What a great tribute to Chandler and your entire family. We wish the best for your entire family.
Jackie, Sandy, Meg & Alex Anderson
Posted by Amy Barnhill on December 13,2006
It was nice to meet you and I was glad to get the opportunity to "meet" Chandler. This is a wonderful idea to have a website and the whole scholarship thing is wonderful. I guess he is still touching lives even from Heaven.
Posted by Catherine Peake on December 05,2006
Well, I'm not sure if you remember me or not...we bought your house in 1998 I think...my husband Mike was the Asst. Principal at Swansea...anyway, this site is sooo wonderful...one of the last times we were in Swansea was at Chandlers funeral...such a sad time...but we think of you and your family so much...that house was our very first house and I remember Chandler coming over one day asking if he could see his room again...it was too cute...this was when you were renting the house down the street...I don't even know what to say...but that I remember that little red head, freckle face cutie pie....and I remember when ya'll were building your new home and I came to look at it and I think Chandler was doing something he shouldn't have and I can just remember how, Pam,...you would say his name...and he would give you a little smile grimace...you know, we still have that table and china hutch we bought from you...well, sorry this is sooo jumbled up...just wanted to let you know that you are still thought about and Chandler is still talked about..although we did not know him that well or that long...but oh what an impression he made:)
Posted by Bill "ie the Kid" Shuler on July 19,2006
I just read your Sunday, 16 July,2006 article: Kids and ATVs: Risks can't be ignored" in The State newspaper. I, unfortunetely, know where you are coming from.
I got that nick name (Billie the Kid) from Natalie M. Shuler, my late niece who died in the atv accident last April. It is bad when things like that happen close at heart, to say the least. Last Friday, 14 July, would have been her 6th birthday. The family (both sides) got together and we had a cook out in rememberance of her. I am sure she would want us to celebrate her being in a better place, and all the good times we had with her the short time she was here. It still hurts, though, because we are very greedy when it comes to losing those we truly love, even knowing that she is in heaven.
I think education and safty practice would be good to make people think before undergoing something potentially hazzardous in recreation. I hold no grudges toward the one Natalie was on the atv with, but the outcome should not have happened. That split second is all it took for her to take control/ loose control of the atv. That is neither here not there now, for what is done is done. Cause and effect I suppose.
I will say that if your son, Chandler, is talking with Natalie, in heaven, he is not bored at all because she could really carry on an interesting conversation. -smile-
Posted by Robin (Deeds) Todd on July 11,2006
Pam and Steve,
I hope you remember me. I was the community social worker at LMC with you when you came as a student. I think of you and Chandler often. You are all in my heart. I am so touched by this beautiful site you have put together and the wonderful scholarship you have started. I discovered all of this by reading about the governor vetoing Chandler's Law in The State. I truly hope it makes it through. What a worthwhile and important law to protect our children. Pam, Griffin is 6 years old now and will be 7 in October and I will never forget at Chandler's visitation you telling me to hold on tight to every moment with Griffin because those moments are so precious. That is something that will stay with me forever and, because of you and Chandler, when there have been moments that I felt too tired to read a story or didn't want to play a game or wanted some time for myself, I thought of you and hugged Griffin closer and we would share time together. Lots of love and prayers for you and your family and lots of strength for the struggles you may face. Love, Robin
Posted by Christy Greer on July 06,2006
I linked to your website from the website of Zane Collins, another victim of an ATV accident. I have two redheaded little boys of my own, Jackson Lee 3 1/2 and James David 1 year. Chandler's story reminds me not to take my wonderful children for granted. In the busy and abundant world we live in, sometimes I forget just how lucky I am. Thank you for opening your hearts and helping me remember how blessed I am.
Posted by Kim Smith on May 28,2006
It is with great sadness that I read the story of your family's loss. There is no doubt that Chandler was loved and he will be missed forever by all who knew him. I do know somewhat of the pain you all have experienced. My only child, Bryan Paul Smith, Jr. was severely injured in an ATV accident in August 2005. His story is also on the same website as Chandler's story. I have vowed to promote ATV safety in my community as a result of our experience. Death is the worst possible outcome of riding an ATV, but it is just as devastating to have a child sustain a near fatal injury and then live with life-altering injuries/disabilities for the remainder of their lives. People need to know that when an accident happens, its not only the person riding the ATV who is injured....the entire family and community is injured.
I admire the work of Concerned Parents for ATV Safety and I am committed to carry out their goals in my own community here in Louisiana.
Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. To see a family with a 'living faith' is a beautiful and touching example.
Posted by Juli Rucker on May 22,2006
Tonight at the Baccalaureate Service at SHS the speech you gave and the poem you read about Chandler was absolutely breath taking. It was beautiful and you were very strong to read that. You certainly had me in tears but you stood up there very strongly and read it. I really admire your strength Steph and I'm sure Chandler would want you to be strong and not sad and dreary. You and your family have been in my prayers for years and will be for years to come. I'm truly sorry for you and your family's tragedy and I pray for God to keep up your strength. God bless ! -- Love you Steph-- Juli Rucker
Posted by Stacey wise on May 15,2006
Hey Mrs.Pam you really do have a good website and i think that it shows that Chandler is a nice and loving person.
Posted by Caitlin Aaron on March 31,2006
Well this is my first time ever visiting this site and it truly is a sad thing! Its a struggle every day to think about that horrible day when Chandler was taken from us. I truly miss Chandler from his great smile to when i was having the worst days he would make me feel better! He was truly a great friend and i miss everything about him. It is still hard everyday to think of him as actually being gone. Chandler was a wonderful person,friend, and athlete and i truly miss him everyday! I cant wait till the day i see him again!
Posted by Gina Henderson on January 24,2006
I loved remembering Chandler! I will continue to hold your family up in prayer.
Posted by Tina Poole on January 12,2006
I saw today how deeply loved your son was and how his memory remains in your heart, soul and
mind. My heart hurt today as you were telling me
this story about your son. I'm sure he would be
proud of you and the family with the scholarship and you sharing your story with others. I am always here for you and will continue to pray
for you and the family. Your friend, Tina Poole
Posted by Bob Holland on September 19,2005
My daughter,Courtney Tipping, told me about your
loss. I'm sure you have heard this before, but none
of us know your pain and sorrow. He sounds like
such a fine young man, and it would have been a
joy for me to meet him, I'm sure. Please know you
are in my prayers.
Posted by Kimberly Wardlaw Smith on April 23,2005
Thank you for sharing Chandler's story with me and I truly admire your strength. Sometimes words aren't as comforting as a smile, nod or gentle touch. Please know I am thinking of you and your family. Whatever it is that you need during this time, I'm praying that God provides it for you. Peace & Blessings,
Posted by Lisa Jumper on April 18,2005
Where do I begin. I guess first off by saying how much Chandler touched my life the short time I got to get to know him. It has made me realize that family is very important not matter how far or close they live. I hate that it took us moving to Swansea to get to know this part of Kelvin's family. We missed so much but live and learn. I think of you every day Chandler and there is a small hole in my heart that was created the day you passed on the be with our Lord Jesus Christ. I miss you terribly and so do Thomas and Adam. I am sure you have had lots of conversations with Adam, I here him in his bed at night talking to you, what about, that is between you two! Thanks for protecting me during that horrible thunderstorm when your mom and dad drove you down here because I was hysterical. I still laugh at that how a 14 year old boy had to protect and calm down a 30 something woman. I love you Chandler and miss you terribly.
Posted by Robert Grice on April 18,2005
The website looks very, very nice! Bradley's company did a tremendous job (much better than I ever could have) I am so glad you guys were able to get a professional to do this for you. I hope to see you soon.
Posted by Krystal McGraw on April 14,2005
Hey, I'm apart of Faith Baptist Youth group. I knew Chandler as such an inspiration. I miss him soo much, but i know he is in heaven, and I will see him again.
Posted by Esca K. Jumper on April 13,2005
I will forever treasure the year Chandler rode with me & Alma to school. (He was her little hero.) He was always so cute running out the door buckling his belt to hold his pants up. One of the last things I said to him was on a Sunday morning at church - we were walking arm in arm and I said,"Chandler, you finnally look your age." He just grinned. His vibrate personality and smile will keep his memory alive forever. Your family, as you well know, is so very special to me & Coy. We love you all very much and will never forget our little redhead boy!
Posted by Darryl Jumper on April 09,2005
Well, i have almost always kept my mouth closed on the death of chandler. I never knew what to say or the words to say to help comfort. Chandler was an awesome little cousin. from church to playin basketball, to playin paintball. he was very competitive with whatever he did. We would always pick on him for being so short, then one year he shot up like crazy...and took me by suprise, cuz he would always be bragging how he was almost as tall as me...i still remember that day it happened. I was at SMC and was telling everyone goodbye before i came home and i got a phone call to make it a little faster gettn home but not to worry. All i could do was wonder what it was until i got there and i heard the news. i was too late to go see him or anything, and it was so sudden that i didnt know how to react on it.. But i would like to say to the saylors you are always in my prayers and chandler is and always will be missed. If there is anything i can do, its never to late....just ask. he was my little buddy
Posted by Meagan Leonard on April 08,2005
Chandler was my best friend and one of the strongest friendships I've ever had! I miss him very much and he will always be my best friend. Chandler and I have shared lots of fun, exciting memories and I only wish I still had the chance to make more. Chandler will always be in my thoughts. There's not a day that goes by when I don't think of him and something crazy we have done. I don't think anyone would forget Chandler once they met him, He was one of a kind and my favorite person to be around. Chandler just had a way to make you smile even if you were having the most awful day. I will never forget how great of a person he was, I just wish that he was here. But you just have to remember all the good times we have all shared with him. He will always be riding with me where ever I go. Love Always, Meagan Leonard
Posted by Brent Wilder on April 07,2005
Mr. Steve, Mrs. Pam, and Steph, This is the first time I have been able to offer any type of oral or written condolences (even though I have wanted to). I have found it hard, as you put it, to "find the right words";however, after viewing the entire website, this is the first time I feel I am able to do so. I will always treasure the times I spent with Chandler and your family as I grew up in Swansea. You guys were part of an extended family my parents and I found here in Swansea. I will always remember throwing Chandler into your backyard pool, wrestling with him at church, seeing him on the sidelines running the flag every year I played Varsity football at Swansea, and spending summer vacations together in Myrtle Beach. As I sit her now, I remember these times happily, and smile while I think of "Chandler-Man," the boy who stole all our hearts. Love-- Brent Wilder
Posted by marie lewis on April 07,2005
oops, I hit the wrong button. Just wanted to tell you I love this web page. What a wonderful tribute! God bless, love Marie
Posted by Alison Memoli on April 07,2005
Hello Pam and family! This site perfectly depicts the love everyone shares for Chandler.
Posted by Bev DeVille on April 07,2005
Our family met your family through two tragedies and the loss of two boys. There are tears of sadness and tears of joy. The world is poorer for losing Chandler and Zane ......but richer, by far, for having had them!
Posted by Jane Jumper on April 07,2005
You guys are wondeful. This is truly a wonderful thing that you guys have done. Chandler was such a joy and pleasure to be around and there is not one day that passes that I don't think of your family. The strong bond that you have as a family and the love you have for each other shows. Thank you for sharing Chandler with us in this way. He was truly a blessing to everyone that met him and hopefully those who will read this!
Posted by karen smith on April 07,2005
I sure do miss Chandler, especially when I call his home and he used to answer the phone and we talked a couple of minutes about what was happening and what he was learning to pay on his guitar. He will be in mine and Jerry's heart forever and he will always love him for his wonderful outgoing personality and "red" hair since my brother is a red head too!!!
Posted by Falynn Rickards on April 06,2005
Hey mrs. pam and mr. steve! I just wanted to say hey and that i was thinking about you all. You all are in my prayers. And i love you all!
Posted by kaitlynn murphy on April 05,2005
Dear pam,steve,steffine,chris, this is an fantastic wed site. i think of ya'll every day and what a lose to ya'll this is so sweet and loving to do there is not many people that would do this. i love ya,ll wonderful careing people.
mrs.pam them words in the biography were very touching to me it was so a tragaty i know it changed all his friend,family and evreyone because evrey word about his kind ness was very true i know he is loving that ya'll did this for him love kaitlynn
Posted by Jeff Mezzatesta on April 05,2005
Iloved the photos of Chandler! I still remember him bringing in nachos for the class and when he told the girls it had deer meat in it they turned three shades of green, eventhough they ate it up to begin with like it was going out of style. He was a remarkable kid and I thank God for the little amount of time that I got to share with him.
Posted by Melanie Wyndham on April 05,2005
Pam,I love this website.It is a beautiful tribute to Chandler and your family!Thanks for sharing it with me. I am excited about the upcoming golf tournament. I know it will be a huge success! Please let me know what I can do to help.Melanie (Sorry I have so many postings but every time I hit the enter button-It would post.)
Posted by LaDonna Smith on April 05,2005
This is an awesome website! I'm sure Chandler is proud. I only wish I would have had the opportunity to know Chandler better than I did. My son, Randy, is a golfer. I feel like he and Chandler would have been great friends!