Briggs Ellis Chambers
LEXINGTON - Briggs Ellis Chambers, the most precious and beloved 9 year-old boy, went to sleep in the comfort of his bed and awoke in heaven Wednesday morning, November 30, 2016. He had to battle an incredibly rare neurodegenerative genetic disease and did so with the utmost courage and strength. Although he never spoke a word, his presence spoke to your heart. He had the most beautiful and passionate eyes that made you feel such emotion when you looked at him. His life was such a blessing and he made a...
Briggs Ellis Chambers
LEXINGTON - Briggs Ellis Chambers, the most precious and beloved 9 year-old boy, went to sleep in the comfort of his bed and awoke in heaven Wednesday morning, November 30, 2016. He had to battle an incredibly rare neurodegenerative genetic disease and did so with the utmost courage and strength. Although he never spoke a word, his presence spoke to your heart. He had the most beautiful and passionate eyes that made you feel such emotion when you looked at him. His life was such a blessing and he made a lasting impact on those who had the privilege of knowing him. On December 6, 2016, he would've celebrated his 10th birthday, and he received the ultimate gift of angel wings this year for his birthday. We are comforted by the hope that he is now running and talking, receiving complete healing from a body that didn't allow him to experience these things.
Although his illness made him appear small and weak, he was strong and a fighter. There were many times Briggs overcame incredible odds, allowing us to know that God had a special plan and purpose for his life. Briggs was the sweetest and most loving child a parent could have. He allowed us to experience such incredible, unconditional love and his life reminded us not to take anything for granted. The journey we shared with him, as his parents, made us feel the complete gamut of human emotion; experience the most difficult, yet most amazing days we will ever have; and meet some of the most incredible people who have forever changed us and will never be forgotten.
Though his time on earth was short, the impact he made helps us understand that it's the quality of our existence that far exceeds the quantity of time one lives. We wanted nothing more than to give Briggs the best quality of life possible. He was so dearly loved. Briggs always gave the best snuggles and cuddles. He enjoyed swimming, boat rides, watching TV, seeing Christmas lights or fireworks, walking in his gait trainer, aquariums, playing with his dog, Ellie, and listening to music.
With Briggs' passing, we remind others that life is a gift and each day an opportunity to live life to our God-given purpose. We are so thankful that God entrusted this precious angel in our care for the time He did and we feel so honored to have been his parents. We will miss him every single day, and life will never be the same for our family. His life brought stronger faith and richer love.
Because of Briggs, we have an entire community of people who touched our lives and made the journey an unforgettable one. Briggs had the most devoted nurse, Jamie Smith, for almost seven years, and their bond was so special. There was no doubting his obvious love for her. We cannot adequately thank you, Jamie, for the exceptional care and love you gave to Briggs. We also want to thank Dr. Guy Castles, who was there for every bout of sickness and hospital admission and always made our family feel that we were more than just a patient to him. Briggs could not have had a more faithful pediatrician. Thank you to the nurses and staff of Pediatric Associates, Palmetto Richland Children's Hospital, Pediatric Services of America, several therapists and teachers for the care you showed to Briggs. We want to thank everyone in Briggs' life for loving and caring for him. We wish we could name each and every one individually and know these short words don't equate to the gratitude that is in our hearts.
Briggs is survived by his loving parents, Cory and Katie Chambers of Lexington, SC; his one year old sister, Annabelle; paternal grandparents, Gary and Judy Nell Chambers of Lexington, SC; maternal grandparents, Charlie and Carol Newman of Rock Hill, SC; great-grandparents, Bill and Cora Lee Newman of Bethune, SC and Frank and Rita Pruette of Catawba, SC; uncle and aunt, Josh and Sarah Chambers of Cayce, SC and their son, Gavin; uncle and aunt, Jerry and Marissa Hyatt of Rock Hill, SC and their sons, Landon and Andrew; aunt Carley Newman.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Melvin E. and Eura Lee Chambers of Greenville, SC, and great-grandparents, Sam and Nell Branham of Cayce, SC.
A celebration of Briggs' life will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church of Lexington, SC, with viewing one hour before. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Briggs' honor to Carolina Sunshine for Children, PO Box 1803, Columbia, SC 29202 or Briggs' home church, who always supported him, The Watershed Fellowship, 711 E. Main St., Suite S, Lexington, SC 29072.