OBITUARY

Miss Sloan Preston Chambers

March 25, 1997September 26, 2011

SLOAN PRESTON CHAMBERS On Monday, September 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm Sloan Preston Chambers stopped dying and began living. Sloan is the beloved daughter and only child of Dr. Carroll Labron Chambers, Jr. and Katherine Brownlee Chambers.

Sloan was born on Tuesday, March 25, 1997 in Little Rock, Arkansas. As an infant she was baptized at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC, her mother's home church and the church where her parents were married. At the age of 15 months, the family moved to Roanoke, Virginia. From Junior Kindergarten through fourth grade Sloan attended North Cross School in Roanoke. For a brief time, Sloan and her parents lived in Charleston, South Carolina on Daniel Island while her father was on staff at the Medical University of South Carolina.

In June of 2008 the Chambers family moved to Charlotte. For 6th through 8th grades Sloan attended Alexander Graham Middle School. For high school Sloan was accepted to Charlotte Latin School. Sloan was so excited to begin high school, but that opportunity was not to be.

In February 2011 Sloan was confirmed at Myers Park Presbyterian Church the day before she was diagnosed with Mast Cell Leukemia. "The rarest of the rare" cancers, as one physician put it. Never before in medical literature has a child been diagnosed with this illness. Though Sloan received excellent care at Levine Children's Hospital, this virulent disease ran rampant through her body. She was close to remission in July when she received a bone marrow transplant with her mother as her donor. The transplant was an apparent success until her symptoms returned early in September and it was discovered she had relapsed.

From the "get go" Sloan was happy, friendly, bright, creative and a real ball of energy. Her favorite sports were field hockey and lacrosse. She played both of these sports at Alexander Graham Middle School.

Litchfield Beach and Due West, South Carolina, where the Brownlee family has homes, were Sloan's two favorite places in this world. She was a "fish" in the ocean and enjoyed it most of all when the waves were rough. That was HER kind of challenge.

Sloan was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Carroll Labron Chambers, Sr. and survived by, in addition to her parents, her two Papillons, Rufus and Mabel. Other surviving family members are her paternal grandmother, Eleanor Rachels Chambers, maternal grandparents, Dr. Robert Calvin Brownlee, III and Judith Irby Brownlee; uncles and aunts, Stuart Alva Chambers and wife, Amy Jones Chambers, Rala Suzanne Chambers, Dr. Jonathan Irby Calvin Brownlee and wife, Molly Powell Brownlee, and Dr. Robert Calvin Brownlee, IV; cousins Ian, Aaron, Adam and Chloe Chambers and Jack, Janie, and Charlie Brownlee and many other loving family members.

Her family wishes to express their gratitude to the oncology staff and transplant team at Levine Children's Hospital, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Levine, and Kids Path Hospice. In lieu of flowers Sloan's parents would appreciate any donation to the "Sloan Chambers Fund" through Carolinas Healthcare Foundation with all proceeds going to the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Levine Children's Hospital. The address is as follows: Carolinas Healthcare Foundation, Attn: Sheri Joseph, 1221 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. In the memo please write "Sloan Chambers Fund".

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Providence Hall at the church. Interment at the Myers Park Presbyterian Columbarium will be private.

Condolences may also be expressed at www.harryandbryantfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 29, 2011
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 29, 2011
REMEMBERING

Miss Sloan Preston Chambers

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Rylee Breed

September 26, 2012

Sloan, its been a year since you left us and I feel like it was yesterday. I miss you so much but I know that Jesus is taking good care of you. I hope to see you again one day. I will continue to pray for your family and loved ones. You are gone, but never forgotten. You will be forever loved and forever missed until one day we all meet again. I love you girl!

Rylee Breed

September 24, 2012

I think about you everyday. I know that Jesus is holding you in his arms and that he will never let go. I love you so much Sloan. I will never forget you, you are forever in all of our hearts.
-Rylee Jalise

Chenier Seaton

November 6, 2011

Gosh sloan I can't believe your gone!! :( but...to be absent from the earth is to be present in the lord. I remember being in chorus with you in the 6th grade..seems like that was such a long time ago. you were amazing, talented, and sweet. R.I.P.

Ami Woodyard

October 12, 2011

Though I have never met your family please know that my family and I have been praying for His perfect peace to comfort you both during this time. Sloan is a beautiful soul and I know that all of heaven in enjoying her company now. Blessings and peace to you both.

Buck Philyaw

October 12, 2011

Dear Kate,
So terribly sorry about your loss of your beautiful Sloan. Thinking of you always.

Buck of Cardiac Rehab

Lynda Starr

October 10, 2011

Kate and Labron,

John and I send sincerest thoughts and prayers for solace for you and your family during these difficult days. It is obvious from your moving tribute to her that Sloan touched many hearts during her brief sojourn on this earth. We hope you can find comfort and strength knowing that her life mattered and that love never dies. May God's love surround you and enfold you as you move forward.

Sincerely,
Lynda and John Starr

Sandra Lucas

October 6, 2011

Dear Kate and Labron,

I was saddened to open the paper last week and see Sloan's picture looking back at me. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Sloan as a unique and sweet three- year- old when she was in our preschool class at Second Presbyterian.

Your tribute to her was beautiful. Please offer my condolences to the rest of your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandra Lucas

Elaine Stephenson

October 5, 2011

Kate and Labron
My heart aches for you. This has been an unbelievable journey. You are the bravest and most spiritual people.
I will continue to keep you in my thiughts and prayers.
Elaine Stephenson

Cindy Butler Arnold

October 3, 2011

To Ms Ellie, Labron and Kate,... I am so sorry for your loss, my heart literally hurts for you, Sloan's other family members and her countless friends...what a beautiful child. I pray for Jesus to wrap you in His loving arms, and fill your hearts and souls with His Peace and His Love. I don't know why innocent children have to get cancer; hopefully one day in the future, there will be a CURE. Love and Light to you.

Laura

October 2, 2011

Dear Chambers family,
I have just read your daughter's story online and i'm so sorry for your loss. I never knew her and don't go to AG, I go to South Charlotte Middle. But I saw on a locker at my school a few days ago, someone wrote "RIP Sloan Chambers" and I got curious. But God has shown the world how a 14 year old girl can really be strong and impact others, as she has me.