In Memory of Ben Maddox
BHS Class of 1999


1980 - 1999
These are the thoughts and feelings of those who knew Ben.
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Guestbook Entries From October 1999 - June 2000
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Guestbook Entries Since October 2000 (Below)
2/9/06  3:02 PM
Name: Meagan Nennie
E-Mail Address: maenenni@msn.com

I never really knew Ben well in middle school or high school but we got closer while he was at VCU. Ben was a wonderful guy and I am so glad I got to spend my first months of college hanging out with him. Every time I drive by the old baseball house I think about him and all the fun. Ben was missed a great deal but I think all would agree that he lived everyday like it was his last. I will never forget the times we all shared together in GRC and at the baseball house. Love ya, Ben! Maegan Nenni

10/14/04  11:06 PM
Name: Suzann Robertson Kidd
E-Mail Address: KIDDJSM@aol.com

I have tried to write this down but my words always get jumbled...so I'm just going to speak from my heart. In 5 yrs you have crossed my mind countless times and its hard not to play the "what if" game in my head, but I don't let my thoughts linger to long because I know you are in peace resting in a better place. always know your memory lives inside everyone you knew and touched. The hug you gave me that night stays forever in my heart!! Class of 99 stay safe...
Suzann Robertson Kidd

10/4/04  5:19 PM
Name: Brian Crawford
E-Mail Address: DProfitz@aol.com

It's been about 5 years since Ben passed and I still think of him. I knew Ben very well and I still feel that he was one of the most outgoing people I've ever known. He walked around with self-confidence matched by no other person I've ever met. He was a fun person to be around and he genuinely loved everyone. This is why everyone that knew him cared for him. I miss having him around to this day. My thoughts go out to all of his family and friends.

6/14/04  4:57 PM
Name: Hannah Hampton
E-Mail Address: StopDrpKaboom@aol.com

Ben,
I still haven't been able to come up with the best words for what has happened to you...I know it was about 5 years ago but it's still impacted my life. I remember when you would come to our house hanging out with my brother Todd and you hitting me in the back with a baseball on accident :) even though it hurt i'll never forget it bc it involved you! And when we were building our new house you and Todd were throwing tennis balls into the living room and knocked the ceiling fan loose :) those were such good times and even though you weren't one of my best friends i'm glad that i knew you for as long as i did. Todd told me that he had shared the word of God with you and that you had accepted Christ as your Savior so that gives me such comfort to know that God is takin care of you and you're in such a better place! You are truly missed by the Hamptons and everybody and you'll never be forgotten! I love you ~God Bless~
 


11/13/03 11:09 PM
Name: Jay Coles
Yo Ben how you been!  I know you're smiling in Heaven!  Even though I don't see you on this earth, I'm still thinking about cha!  Keep on smiling and I will see you when I get there!
                           Jay Coles

12/12/02 8:45 PM
Name: Nathan Keen
E-mail Address: Cs3rdbseman16@aol.com
Comments: Ben, whats up man? Even though I moved away from Brookville in 2000 it hurts so bad to know a great athlete and person like you isn't running around hitting homers in the pros and makin us all laugh. Its so hard to know that someone I looked up to and wanted to be like is has left this place forever. Ben, just like every other season since 1999, this season is dedicated to you man, I'm gonna get a big fat ring, and its for you. Everyone in my family sends our love to you and your family.

I'm looking forward to playing ball with upstairs.
We Love You #16

Nathan Keen

10/9/02  9:10 PM
Name: Jay Coles
E-Mail Address: J32082@aol.com
Comments: Ben its been almost 3 years we've lost ya.  Well where you're at now I hope you like it better than you did on this earth. Take Care and I'll see you soon.
Your friend,
  Jay Coles
  j.a.c

9/2/02  6:14 PM
Name : Brittney Rich
E-Mail Address :  Sportybee05@aol.com
Comments : Ben babe what can i say..  i remember when you came over to my house and jumped in my pool then pulled me in there with u and jason and all them...  and i remember when i took your car and drove it around the block with you runnin behind me..  i miss you so much.  i miss you comin over so i can beat u up (b/c i always did)..  and about your box of crackers -  i ate them -  lol...  i miss you so much i will always remember you!!
Love you Brittney Rich


4/5/02  1:00 AM
Name : Amanda Rehnborg
E-Mail Address :  amrehnbo@longwood.lwc.edu
Comments : Ben, It's hard to believe it's been two years since you've gone. Yet, the memories never leave and the thoughts still live on. I miss you now same as ever. I still regret some things I said, and the things I never said but I know you've forgiven and I know you listen when I talk to ya...still. Anyway, you were just on my mind and I thought I'd stop by this site then I jus had to write...I love you still..and pray I'll see you again hun, love always, Manda

1/21/02  10:54 PM
Name : Jeff Wade
E-Mail Address : Killabee463@aol.com 
Comments : Ben was a great all around person. He was a heck of an athlete and a good friend. I met Ben his sophomore year because he use to always come chill at my house after his football and baseball games with my brother and the rest of his friends. He use to always make it a point to stop and say hey and ask me how things were, and when I was going to transfer to Brookville which I eventually did . He would always convince my brother to let me chill wit them in the basement and play pool. He always made us all laugh in the locker room before the games, and when we would go out side to take battin practice he would always call me over to pitch to him, which I still consider an honor till this day. Ben had a way of makin u like him, even if u despised him, on and off the field. I know he's doing fine in a much better place, and when I play ball, I play for him. I will see u in a while, lata!

11/26/01  10:23 PM
Name : Jay Coles
E-Mail Address : J32082@aol.com
Comments : What a good baseball player. Its been 5/22/99 since I've met you. Well man I hope you're in God's kingdom!  But we'll meet again soon!
    Jay Coles

6/21/01  12:28 AM
Name : Mary E. Rice
E-Mail Address : LilMer88@aol.com
Comments : It has been a while since we've seen your face or heard your voice, but it seems just like yesterday when we got the call that you were gone. Almost everyday Larken and I will be talking and somehow or in someway your name will come up. We miss you now and love you always.

1/11/01 6:46:24 PM
Name : alex staton
E-Mail Address : bzzqb15@aol.com
Comments : well there really isnt much i can say that i didnt already in the other book but i do want to say that we will all miss u ben and everything uve done.

1/6/01 9:43:31 PM
Name : Tamara
E-Mail Address : bratangel2006@aol.com
Comments : Hey I didnt know Ben really well but he was friends with my friends he was a great person so i was told we miss u ben

1/6/01 9:41:07 PM
Name : Classified
E-Mail Address : Classified
Comments : Hey I didn't really know Ben well but my friends did and from what I heard he was a nice boy. How a life of a nice boy can be taken but I know any live can be taken it doesnt matter if u are nice or mean but Ben was a great person and he will never ever ever ever ever ever be forgotten Ben we miss you and think of u always

12/26/00 11:00:48 AM
Name : Traci Keen
E-Mail Address : tRaCi024@excite.com
Comments : At first I didn't quite understand and I still don't entirely but I've come to accept that there are always going to be things that I wish I had said or done. I try and picture Ben as an old man sometimes and it just makes me laugh; what would he do if he couldn't run around. That thought always gives me some solace because as Mr. White put it perfectly Ben was an "Athlete Dying Young." Well I love you Ben, and although there are things left unsaid and undone I know you forgive.
Love Always,
traci Keen
11/3/00 6:30:37 AM

Name : Heather
E-Mail Address : JUSPLAYIN129@cs.com
Comments : Well sweetie it's been over a year now that you've been gone, and we all miss you just as much now as we did then! There was so much left unsaid and so many things left undone, but it makes everything easier just knowing you're in a better place watching over us all! Life has def. thrown me some curve balls this past year and I want to thank you for being there and listening (even if you didn't want to :))! There is a special niece of mine you need to make sure God takes special care of these next several months and a little someone I'm expecting that I might need some guidance on! I Wish you could be here! I miss you sweets! Don't cause too much trouble up there! I'll see you in my dreams and see you when I get there! I Love you!

10/23/00 9:58:21 PM
Name : Ben Martin
E-Mail Address : Btm001@bridgewater.edu
Comments : Hey man, it's been a long year. You meant so much to soo many people. I think about you a lot, and I know your up there watching out for me. I know it was through you and God that we won our state championship. I'm sorry you had to leave so soon, but I'm sure you are giving the greats in baseball a run for their money and a good laugh. I miss you man.

10/23/00 1:22:28 AM
Name : Gideon Hale
E-Mail Address : HaleGJ@3fssg.usmc.mil
Comments : Ben, I'll never forget you man. I'll never forget the legion baseball trips. You were not only a great ball player but also an awesome person. I feel privileged to have become friends with you. You mean so much to not only me but to a lot of people. We miss you and love you man, Gideon

10/21/00 6:09:20 PM
Name : Kristen Burton
E-Mail Address : krburton@vt.edu
Comments : Ben- I miss you. What more can I say? We all do. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and how much I miss you. There are so many things that could be said, and that I want to say to you. But I know that you are watching after me and making sure all of us are doing ok. Sometimes life just gets really hard, but I know that no matter what happens, your memory is what will keep all of us going. It's been a year and the pain is still there for all of us. Your memory keeps me strong and sometimes it just helps to get away and sit by myself and talk to you because I know you are listening. It's been a very rough road for all of us, but we know that you are in a better place and that you're gonna be waiting for all of us when we get up there. Until then, I'll always keep your memory alive and will never forget you Ben! God Bless Sweets!
Love, Kristen*

10/18/00 9:17:04 PM
Name : Dana Woody
E-Mail Address : outtaherein2001@aol.com
Comments : Ben,
I cannot believe that it has been a year. It seems like just yesterday I was handing you a water bottle and saying "good job". You always had a encouraging word to say and always made me laugh with your gorgeous smile. I miss you so much but I know you are happy up there. You will always have a special place in my heart. I love you "BIG BEN" Until then... XOXOXO
LOVE,
DANA

10/18/00 9:15:14 PM
Name : Missy Davenport
E-Mail Address : Mdavenpo@vt.edu
Comments : Ben~ A year ago we lost you unexpectedly, and even today it seems unreal. Not a day has gone by since then that I haven't thought of you or in some way been reminded of you. You taught us a lesson that we will carry through life. You deeply impacted so many people's lives and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for all the memories. Keep watching over us and keep us safe. Until we meet again........I miss you and love you!

10/18/00 12:49:41 AM
Name : Allison Moser
E-Mail Address : Alysun2000@aol.com
Comments : Well Ben, it's been a year already. It's so hard to believe you're really gone. I just don't understand why you had to go so soon. But you're in a better place now. It seems just like yesterday that I "kidnapped" you and Jeremy and you were helping me study for my exams. We have some good memories don't we? Can't forget our 4-some :) You were a great friend and always knew how to make me laugh. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I'm glad I have all those good times to look back on. You will be in my heart forever. I love you and I will see you one day.

10/18/00 12:19:03 AM
Name : Jennifer Richardson
E-Mail Address : Ginfur2000@aol.com
Comments : Well, it's been a year today since you left us Ben. I woke up this morning the same as i woke up last October 17th, in disbelief and an empty feeling in my stomach. I bet you never knew just how many people loved you. I hadn't talked to you since you graduated, but you were still in my thoughts and now I know that you always will be. It's amazing how someone can come into your life, even if its just for one summer, and touch it forever. Who would have ever imagined that it would have ended this way? I can't help but question God on why he took you. I know that He has His reasons though and I'm sure that they are the same reasons as the ones we have for wanting you back. Allison and I always talk about all of our memories of hanging out with you and Jeremy. You could make me laugh, I think you could even make me yell, but now the fact that you're gone makes me cry. But I just have to tell myself that you are happier and in such a much better place now. I'll always get a little down though when I hear a song that you use to attempt to sing :) or when I see a mustang or when I go somewhere that I went with you. You'll be in my heart forever. Well, I love ya and I'll see you one day.

10/17/00 3:10:12 AM
Name : Brian Crawford
E-Mail Address : Capnnore@aol.com
Comments : What can I say Ben? I still haven't gone through one day without at least one thought of you since that night. It is now within an hour or so of being one year since your death. I sometimes try to make myself believe that these thoughts shouldn't cross my mind everyday, but you were my boy you know? People never forget about their peoples right? I know you're probably up there right now laughing cause tears are coming out of my eyes right now, telling me to quit being a pud, but I can't ya know. I can't let the past go. I realize that memories are all you've got when it's all said and done with in life, and I can't feel bad for feeling this way either. This is life huh? I never knew God could throw as big of a curveball as you until one year ago. Since then, so many things have changed. At first I constantly questioned God, even screamed at God, but I am just now starting to realize that this is the way things have to be, and there's nothing I can do to change the past. Even though I am accepting what happened, I've searched for peace inside and I just can't find it because I feel like a piece of my heart is missing, and it sucks man. I can't and probably will never get over it, but the only thing that comforts me in the slightest is knowing you're in a better place now. See you when I get there................

10/14/00 3:24:32 PM
Name : Jessica Beck
E-Mail Address : PiTcHnBeE13@aol.com
Comments : I didn't know Ben at all. But I do know that he was an awesome baseball player and my brother used to watch him play at the baseball games and I know he wants to be like him. Ben's death touched all of us in a special way. It made us realize what happens when you drink and drive. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ben's family and friends. I'm sorry for your loss. And Ben, I'm sorry I couldn't meet you down here, but I'll c ya up there one day. I'll BEE there to watch you hit a homerun over heaven's gates.

10/10/00 10:43:54 PM
Name : Derek VandeWater
E-Mail Address : DDAWG3414@aol.com
Comments : Ben, what can i say. I still miss you buddy. I want to thank you for being there for me every night that i pray. I hope that those special prayers that I ask you ever night will come true. I can already see some of them beginning to come true. I know your up there looking out for all of us. No matter what anybody says to me, I still do not feel like it is real. However we keep happy by thinking of all the good times we shared with one of our favorite people. You!! You know you have that special place in my heart. I know we will all be together again playing that special game up there with you, but until then buddy, know that i love you and will always miss you. Derek VandeWater #14

10/10/00 12:57:05 PM
Name : Gary Straw
E-Mail Address : strawgl@jmu.edu
Comments : What's up buddy? Ben, everyone's been thinking about you a lot lately. We all miss you very much. Gene just called me last night and we talked about you for a little while. BH and I talk about you a lot up here at JMU, too. Man, it's hard to believe it's been a year already. The memories of us playing football and baseball together at Brookville are still just as clear as the day you left us. Hey man, we even dedicated a few games to you this year on the football field. I miss all of us getting together after the games. We had a lot of fun, Ben. If you can, look out after us--your Dad especially. He really misses you a lot. You've left a lasting imprint in all of our lives. Love you Ben...see you one day again on the field...
Gary, #39

10/10/00 12:48:48 AM
Name : Randy Haithcock
E-Mail Address : Erndog10@aol.com
Comments : What's up Ben!! I just want you to know that a day doesn't go by that you don't cross my mind at some time or another. You have taught me how fragile life is and that i have to live everyday to its fullest because you don't know when the last will be. I hope you are doing good playing with all the greats because if i am going to be your agent when i get there i want the best. but i am sure being the best wont be a problem for you it never has been. you are the man and i miss you very much. i love ya dawg---randy

10/7/00 1:36:08 AM
Name : Matt Creasey
E-Mail Address : Creasey_MG@hornet.Lynchburg.edu
Comments : Ben.....Hey buddy, how ya doin man, Your probably up there having so much fun, and we're down here just missing you man, and praying for the day when we high-five one another after a great play to end that inning, we're once again playing on the field together. I still think back to those nites, when one another encouraged the other to do something stupid and dangerous, but no we never got hurt, and most of the time we never got caught, but almost 1 year to the day you left us we still think of that nite when you so bravely left us, and changed our lives forever.......Everyday I get a lil stronger, believing more and more each day that I will see in the long run, in better form then ever Before. I feel you everyday right beside me, stride for stride with me, watching my path wherever it may go. I will always think of the good times during those daily moments that I spend thinking of you and daydreaming that we are doin our thing like we always did. I Love you so much man.........

10/6/00 2:51:22 PM
Name : Ken Maddox
E-Mail Address : Sigart50@aol.com
Comments : A day never goes by that I don't hear my voice say, "Why did my son have to die, or Ben, why did you have to die?" The pain is terrible and so are the dreams. For all of you great people who continue to leave things on Ben's grave, thank you, you touch the pain with a warm feeling. He was my life's best work, and living without him is difficult to the highest extreme. Many of you have been kind to me and it does help. If you know me and see me somewhere, please come up to me and introduce yourself and say hi. I might get a tear in my eye, but it helps. Thanks for remembering my son.

10/2/00 1:13:37 AM
Name : Danny Lopaze
E-Mail Address : DLOPAZE25@aol.com
Comments :

WERE ALL GONNA MISS HIM-
AND WE'LL KEEP HIM IN MIND-
I STILL FEEL LIKE I CAN SEE HIM-
I GUESS GOD THOUGHT IT WAS HIS TIME-
SO HE HAD TO LEAVE US-
TAKING UP ALL THOSE CRAZY DARES-
AND THE GOOD LORD KNOW'S WE'LL ALWAYS-
KEEP HIM IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS-

I FELT A RAGING BURN INSIDE-
WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THAT DAY-
I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT GOOD TIMES-
AND PLANS WE COULDN'T MAKE-
LORD, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE HIM-
IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM FAIR-
SEEMED LIKE HE NEVER CAUGHT A BREAK-
THAT WILL BE KEPT IN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS-
I WON'T FORGET THE TIME HE TOOK CARE OF ME-

AND I HAVE HIM TO THANK-
NO ONE ELSE TOOK CARE OF ME-
WHEN I STAYED OUT TOO LATE AND DRANK-
HE CARRIED ME HOME FROM GOING OUT-
AND SHOWED ME HE TRULY CARED-
HE WATCHED OVER ME LIKE HE DOES NOW-
KEEPING ME IN HIS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS-
NOW ALL WE HAVE IS STORIES-

JUST TALKING ABOUT HIS CRAZY WAYS-
MAYBE THINGS WOULD'VE BEEN DIFFERENT-
IF WE HAD MADE HIM STAY-
I GUESS THE MAN UP STAIRS KNOW'S BEST-
BY TAKING HIM UP THERE-
I STILL CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT-
BUT HE WILL HAVE TO REMAIN IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!

BEN, I LOVE YOU DAWG AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! I HAVE THAT POEM ABOVE MY BED, I WROTE LAST YEAR RIGHT AFTER EVERYTHING HAPPENED. ROBBIE AND I ARE COMING DOWN TO LYNCHBURG TO VISIT YOU PRETTY SOON. GEENO AND I ARE PLAYING BALL TOGETHER THIS SUMMER UP BY MY HOUSE, WATCH OVER US BABY, I KNOW YOUWILL...
LOVE YOU BEN!
LOPE


10/2/00 12:54:07 AM
Name : Danny Lopaze
E-Mail Address : DLOPAZE25@aol.com
Comments : Ben, I can't believe it was around this time last year that you left us...just doesn't seem right brotha. I wanna thank you for watching over the rest of the guys and myself last year, I know you were right there with us. I never got to write this last year so here I go...

10/1/00 11:02:52 PM
Name : Amy Loflin
E-Mail Address : loflinab@jmu.edu
Comments : Ben, I miss you so much and I can't believe a year has already passed since the night of the accident. Of course we all will carry that sadness and loss with us throughout our lives whenever we think of the tragic way in which you were taken from us. But with the passing year, I have come to accept what has happened, and this tragedy has taught me to not take anything or anyone for granted. I'm sorry that something this terrible had to happen to make me realize how special life is, but you taught us all so much when you were with us, so it's only naturally you are continuing to do so now that you're gone. Thank you for the memories and I love you.

10/1/00 10:28:05 PM
Name : Gene Yost (Geeno)
E-Mail Address : Geeno05@aol.com
Comments : What up pimp daddy....its been a long year and everyday some thought goes through my head knowing your gonna show up at my door. We went through lots of stuff man and everyday I see something we did and all I can do is think of the good times we had. I know your having a blast man...Hope the fields are awesome and your representing us well up there. I miss you man.. and I'll never forget what we had..Your dawg for life
Geeno

10/1/00 10:11:30 PM
Name : becky yost and family
E-Mail Address : beckstir233@aol.com
Comments : I cannot believe it has been a whole year since you have been gone..but there is not a day that goes by that we do not think of you. We miss you very much and pray that you are watching down and keeping an eye on everyone (esp. geeno). You should see his addition on his arm....number 16 is on him for life..