COMMERCE – Richard John Chambers Sr., 79, died Sunday, January 16, 2011, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Douglas, he was the son of the late Rufus and Genevieve LaVasser Chambers. A career educator, Chambers came to Commerce as a teacher at Commerce Elementary School, which he later served as principal. He was promoted to associate superintendent of the Commerce City School System and was later principal of Banks County High School.
He was a member of the Homer Presbyterian Church, a veteran of the United States Air Force, was a member of the Commerce Lions Club, served on the Commerce Library Board, was a board member of the Jackson County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, was a member of the Retired Educators Associations of Jackson and Banks counties, and served as a tutor at Commerce Elementary School. He was also the author of a book on the cemeteries of Banks County.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Steele Chambers, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Alesia Chambers, Ellijay, and Richard and Elaine Chambers, Statesboro; brother, Raymond Chambers, Clearwater, Fla.; granddaughters, Rachel Eddleman and Jill Crunkleton.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 19, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Alex Stevens officiating. Graveside services will be held Thursday, January 20, at 2 p.m., from the Douglas City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, January 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Homer Presbyterian Church, Commerce Lions Club, Commerce Public Library, or the Jackson County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.