Kenneth Roger Chambless, Sr. 86, passed away peacefully at home on August 5th, following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Ann Hardin Chambless. He is survived by four children: Ken (Carol) of Barnesville, Mark of Culloden, Clay (Karmen) of Dalton, Colley Ann (Michael) Flynt of Dunwoody. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Lauren (David) Jones, Ken (Britni) Chambless, Kaylen (Jackson) Stephens, Andy (Kate) Chambless, Will Chambless, Hardin Chambless, Haddie Chambless, Anna Katherine Flynt and Harrison Flynt. Also surviving are nine great grandchildren, Emory Jones, Caleb Jones, Ethan Jones, Harper Grace Jones, Amelia Ann Chambless, McKenna Chambless, Kade Chambless, Nolan Chambless and Quinn Stephens. He is also survived by his sisters Eloise Easler and Karen Smith.
Born and raised in Juliette, Georgia, the son of Homer (H.O.) and Magnolia (May) Chambless, he was a lifelong resident of Forsyth. His mother passed away when he was young and he was raised from childhood by his loving aunt and uncle Inas and Green Chambless. After graduating from Mary Persons High School in 1954 he briefly worked at his father’s grocery store in Juliette before accepting a position at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. In November of 1955 he transferred to a full time position with the National Guard in Forsyth serving in numerous positions in administration, supply and maintenance, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer W-4 in December of 1995 with 40 years of service.
As a young man, Mr. Chambless had a passion for working with youth in the Forsyth community. He was Co-Founder with Dr. Kenneth Morris of the Little League baseball program which is still being carried on by the Monroe County Recreation Dept. Two baseball fields in the current recreation park are named for Mr. Chambless and Dr. Morris. Mr. Chambless and several other citizens organized and coached Little League football which is still an ongoing recreational activity for the youth of Monroe County. Mr. Chambless was also a long time coach of the Forsyth Black Knights football team. An avid golfer, Mr. Chambless played with the “Lunch Bunch” and served on the Board of Directors of the Forsyth Golf Club for many years. Mr. Chambless was an active member of First Baptist Church of Forsyth and served on many committees through the years.
Services will be held Tuesday, August 9th, at First Baptist Church of Forsyth at 11:00. The family will greet and receive friends one hour prior to service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to First Baptist Church of Forsyth.
Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.