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September 14, 2014
Hey daddy. It's been a little over a year and a half since I last seen you and believe me, I only miss you more and more every day! You were always there for the good times and bad times, you always had time for us, but not only that you wanted to be there. I wish we could have had more time. I still need you our family still needs you! I have so many great memories. I always knew how lucky I was to have you as my daddy. I was so proud of who you were. You always put your family first, you worked hard to give us all we ever wanted, you were our daddy, our coach, our best friend, and my hero, you loved to laugh and make others laugh, you loved life! You could always make things ok, so forgiving, always wanted to help others, you wanted the best for everyone. I will always remember the things you have taught me and I play things you have told me over and over in my head. I try so hard to do what I know you would have wanted me to do, but its really hard sometimes. You would be proud that I have tried so hard to keep some things to myself, because over and over in my head i can hear you say...Jamie, not everybody needs to know what you think. I can hear you telling me that and us just laughing, even though I knew you meant it, we would still just laugh. Well, since we can't make plans together anymore I have too much time alone, it's really sad. I noticed the other day what I have been doing, and I am just trying to stay busy in the yard, I can stay out there all day and you can't even tell I have done anything, I don't even carry my phone with me because I always think no need, no one's going to call, my daddy is not here to call me, but when I am out there I see so many butterflies and I just think of you. Almost everyday I see you out the corner of my eye, at sometime through out the day, and I turn and look but then I don't see you. I really wonder if it really is you? Are you really here watching over me? Are you standing behind to catch me if I fall or like you have always said, "I will always have your back, I am and will always be your best friend." You know what I love most about hearing you say that? It was not just words, you showed us so many times that it was the truth! I miss you and I love you so very much!
June 15, 2014
Happy Father's day daddy. You are the best daddy ever!! I love you and I miss you so much!! Thank you so much for always loving me. I love you always and forever daddy!!!
June 11, 2014
Hey daddy. I miss you so much! Every day I wake up I wish you were here. So many things have happened that we needed you here to be a part of. Josh and Heather got married! I know that you are so happy for them. We always knew Heather was a keeper:) Well daddy Fathers Day is in a few days and I can't believe this will be our 2nd Father's Day without you here. It is tough but everyday is tough without you here! You are such an amazing daddy!! We are lucky that God chose us to be your children! I thank God that you are my daddy because he gave me the best daddy in world!! I love you and I miss you so much!! I miss being with you and talking to you and just hearing your laugh. I posted our softball picture on facebook and all the girls commented about how you were the best coach they ever had because you cared about them as young ladies not only softball players. You left a wonderful legacy for so many. You showed love and care for so many daddy. I love daddy and I will see you again!!!
March 26, 2014
It is so hard to believe that it has been a year already, It is still so fresh on my mind and heart. It is like still having the bad dream!
My heart hurts so badly to see Jamie hurt so bad and struggle to function each day without her daddy! Tomorrow would have been a fun filled day full of birthday celebrating!
I am so honored to hear stories & memories told by Jamie, Josh, Reed & John Preston. Especially John Preston, bless his heart he is so innocent minded. He and Reed both talk about their Pops all of the time!
It truly is a blessing to have known you and be apart of your life.

Love Always,
Christy Baxley
March 18, 2014
Hey daddy, I miss you so much!!! Your birthday is almost here, and it has almost been an entire year now. It has been the hardest, saddest, and most miserable year of my life. I wish we could have had more time! I wish so much that you were still here!! Everything is so different now, daddy!! We need you so much for so many reasons. You are the best daddy in the world and we are lucky to have you for our daddy!! It was such a wonderful feeling to know that I always would have someone on my side, someone that would always be there to protect me, and someone that was always going to love me and be there for me no matter what. You are such an awesome daddy!!! I will always try to protect my boys like you always protected us. The boys miss you so much daddy we talk about you daily. Reed reminds me so much of you, it's really funny, he does some things sometimes and I just laugh and think about how much y'all act alike and even look alike:) I miss you daddy and I love you so very much!!!
December 20, 2013
Hey daddy, every day there is something I need you for. I wish you were here!! I didn't realize how much we talked, how much we were together, but I do now. Monday through Friday from about 8-2, that was our time. Kids were at school, everyone was at work, except us, we could do whatever we wanted to do. Now it's so lonely without you here. I so often want to call you and talk to you, go eat lunch with you, go to the boats with you, make plans with you, or just stop by to hug you and tell you that I love you. Both of the boys had there school Christmas parties this week, it was so hard going by myself, I needed you there so bad. The holidays are so hard without you, but so is just everyday life. I depended on you for so much, for all my life. So much makes me think of you daddy. It is so hard to except that you really aren't here, you really aren't going to call me, I'm really not going to see you, (sometimes I do think I see you, (out of the corner of my eye) and when I turn around you aren't there. Oh it hurts so bad!! I feel like I have had the breath knocked out of me. Life is not the same without you and it hurts! I wish I could fix everything daddy, but I can't, I wish I could make things like you wanted it to be, but I can't, I wish I could be happy, TRULEY happy, but I can't. I need you daddy, you could make all of this right. Josh reminds me so much of you now. He has really stepped up to the plate to be the man of the family like you wanted him to be. I know your proud:) I love you daddy and I miss you very much, and you will always be my first wish, I wish you were here!!
October 16, 2013
Dad,
I miss you so much. You did everything in your power to prepare me for being the man of the family. I never would have dreamed of all the things that you took care of. It is a lot. You did such an amazing job of keeping this family near and dear to each other. I have tried so hard to be there for everyone and to find the right words to comfort them all and I need your help doing this. I block my emotions and my sadness around everyone to try and be strong. It feels like I'm swallowing boulders to keep the tears from flowing. My heart hurts everyday man. I think about you non stop. I wake up and want to call you so bad. I want to talk to you on my way to work. I want to meet you for lunch. I bought a muscle car and I want to come get you so bad and watch you drive it with that smile ear to ear and you "floor it". I am putting a cam in my car soon. I know you loved cams because we used to youtube cars with cams and play it on the surround sound and just dream. I miss those little things like that Dad. Every time I get in my car I think about you because I know you would have loved it. I hear new songs that come on the radio that have a good beat and I think, man Dad would love that song. Then I just imagine you dancing to it in my passenger seat. I have took many big steps since we last spoke. I decided to follow in your foot steps and I am now also in warehousing and logistics. I try every day to make you proud of me. You made so many good impressions on people on this earth, I truly believe that is why I even got this opportunity. I love it because daily I meet somebody that knows you and I get to hear all these funny stories about you and how you were the best boss. I have been told these things several times,
Man your Daddy was quite the man.
He knew his stuff.
Your Daddy gave me a chance and believed in me when nobody else did.
Your Dad is the reason I am where I am now.
My business is what it is because of your Dad.
Your Dad was one cool cat. He was the life of the party.
Your Dad was one demanding S.O.B. but I loved him for it.

Dad I could go on and on about what all these people say about you. You made quite the impact on many lives including mine. I am the man I am today because of you. I think often about all the trips me and you made together. I fondest memories are all with you Dad. I truly am lost without you. I wish so badly that I had gotten my stuff together and had a wife and kids for you to meet. It hurts me to know that if I ever have kids they will not get to meet you. But I promise you this, they will hear so much about their Pops from me they will feel like they do know you. Dad I am trying to do the things I know I need to do but I hurt bad. Life was so much better and easier with you here. I am going to the Rhodes family reunion this weekend. I know you would be so proud to know I am going to continue to go. I love them all Dad and I know you did too. It is just going to be so hard being there without you. Please be with me and give me strength. Dad I love you so much and when I grow up I want to be just like you. I miss you Dad. I love you.
October 09, 2013
Missing you so much!!! I really need you here to share my life with. These last 6 months without you have been most difficult. I love you with ALL my heart. Until we meet again, Karen
September 04, 2013
Hey daddy. It's been a Miserable 5 months! I miss you so much daddy!! It doesn't seem to get any easier, it just seems you are missed more and more everyday! Daddy, I have been so wrapped up in myself missing you that I have shut people out. Reed came home from school today crying uncontrolably and would not tell me what was wrong, when he finally broke down and told me, I realized how bad he is hurting and how much he misses you. His assignment today at school was to write a letter to his grandparents for grandparents day, which is Sunday. He said he wanted to write a letter to you (pops). But he couldn't stop crying to write it. He said his teacher kept asking what was wrong but he was crying so hard he couldn't tell her. I was not sure how I could comfront him because I can't seem to even comfront myself. I have pushed so many people away daddy because it's just too hard. So I just held Reed and we cried together and I let him talk. He misses his pops so much!! He misses how you both would have your intelligent talks. (my favorite was the one about how to fix the oil spill problem) Y'all had a special bond. I told Reed y'all are both just smarter than the rest of us, he just nodded his head yes:) the boys mention you at least once a day so I knew that they miss you. I guess I just didn't realize how bad Reed was hurting. I need your help daddy, it's really hard and lonely without you!! I don't know how to live without you and I don't want to, but I just keep reminding myself how it seemed our time on earth together was so short, and how time just flew by, so I know I will see you again soon. And thank you daddy:) I love you and miss you so much!!!
June 24, 2013
Uncle Mike, You were always nine foot tall and bullet proof to me as a young kid and 10 feet tall and bullet proof as an adult.. You were a wonderful father and friend to your own kids as we all agree, but i cant imagine how you could have been any better to anyone as you were to myself and my brothers.. Uncle Mike, i grew up without a dad and father figure and my mother did the very best she could.. But I AM PROUD to say that anything my mother could not handle, you were always there to step in and offer anything and all you had.... I always felt loved and protected around you and I am greatful for you always finding the time to be there for my brothers a and I... You were tough, firm, and direct but you always found a loving way to get you message across.. Uncle Mike, i valued our love and friendship so much and i am truly truly going to miss miss you.. I will never remove your phone number from my phone because we still have so much to talk about and i will still call upon you for your tough love and advice... You Never miss lead me...As i write this message to you, i can still hear your mischievous laugh... Uncle Mike i love you dearly and i am SUPER SUPER proud of the legacy you left behind... Brother, there are many many people whole love and miss you dearly. I know the gates were wide open for you and we will meet again... Lots of love and i will see you in the future....

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