Donald ‘Don’ Lewis Chambless

Published 4:27 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Donald “Don” Lewis Chambless, son of the late William Lewis and Carolyn Elizabeth “Bessie” Chambless, born March 27, 1930, in Sarepta, Louisiana, went to be with his Savior Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was 90 years of age.

Don married his high school sweetheart, Jackie Dendy. For the past 62 years they have made Coatopa, Alabama, their home. He was a dedicated employee of Gulf States Paper Company for 34 years. Blessed with seven beautiful children, Don was the proud patriarch of a family of 40-plus close-knit members who loved and adored him.

Papa, as he was lovingly called by his family, can best be remembered by the simple, enduring loves of his life … his family and his garden.

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He is survived by his wife, Jackie, of 70 years, and his loving children: Tony Chambless (Joyce), Larry Chambless (Jan), Delaine Harrell (Richard), Angie Pugh (Andy), Millie Schroeder (Gary); grandchildren and great grands: Trey Harrell (Lauren), Chambless, Zeke, and Maddox; Clint Chambless (Sunny) Hudson; Amanda Meadows (Brodie), Ellie Kaye and Bryce; Kyle Harrell (Ann Louise), Ann Kathryn, Kyle, Walt, and Emma; Chase Schroeder (Mary), Grayson; Jess Anderson (Gary), Miles and Jackie Rae; Matt Chambless (Brandy), Briar; Chad Schroeder (Jordan), Davis; Morgan Pugh; Ellen Pugh; Ryan Schroeder; siblings: Leo Chambless (Helen), Wilma Chambless, Gerald Chambless (Ann) and lots of other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Kaye Chambless and Ellen Euneda Chambless, and his sister, Euenda Chambless along with his parents.

A private graveside service will be held at the Christian Valley Cemetery in Coatopa with Rev. Roy McDaniel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the University of Alabama Regional Autism Network at PO Box 870161, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487.

Visit to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.