Chambers, Paul Elwood

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Paul Elwood Chambers, of Narrows, Va., left this life for a better resting place on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at the age of 94. Born July 21, 1915, at Princeton, W.Va. to the late Alcana (Bud) and Rosie Chambers, Paul grew up as one of 17 children.

He was an electrician following graduation from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill. He worked most of his life in and around the Pittsburgh, Pa. area. After retirement, he kept busy helping others and doing intricate hand woodworking. He will always be remembered by his willingness to help anyone in need and to do it with a smile on his face.

He was a longtime member of The First United Methodist Church of Narrows and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of Knoxville, Tenn. Along with his accomplishments, his personality spoke volumes about the great man he was.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Doris Gearheart Chambers; one daughter, Cheryl C. Smith; and nine siblings, Annie Long, Elsie Wills, Maxine McCoy, Glenna Stanley, Melbourne Chambers, Marvin (Pete) Chambers, Ruby Snider, Willie Schlotthober and Buford Chambers.

He is survived by two sons, Jerry Chambers and wife, Eileen, of Fairfax Va., Clark Chambers and wife, Linda, of Lawrenceville, Ga. Also surviving are two daughters, Melanie C. LaFon and family and Consabrina Chambers and Charles Sexton, all of Narrows; and a son-inlaw, Milton (Bud) Smith, of Jekyll Island, Ga. Mr. Chambers was a proud “PawPaw” to seven grandsons, four granddaughters, and six greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Aubrey (Bud) Chambers; and six sisters, Dovetta Howard, Sheffie Godfrey, Leona Honeycutt, Nina Mann, Rose Marie Dunford and Yvonne Dunford.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 28, 2009, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Narrows with the Rev. Chris Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Riffe’s Funeral Service Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider the Giles County Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Online condolence messages to the family can be sent to