Henry Ray Chambers was the first of ten children born to the late Hazell and Annie Coleman Chambers in Glendora, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret Boyd Chambers; a granddaughter, Michelle Beals; two step-daughters: Mildred and Madeline; and four siblings: Hazell, Jr., Joe Nathan, Ethel Harris and Laura White.
Henry confessed his love, faith, and hope in Christ at a very early age uniting with Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Reverend M.M. Morris in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henry was educated in the Clarksdale Public School System – Myrtle Hall School. He later advanced his education by attending night school at Englewood High School, Chicago, Illinois, earning his G.E.D.
In 1941, Henry was drafted into the military (Army), where he served his country from 1941 to 1945. After an Honorable Discharge, Henry returned to Chicago where his career path led him to employment with the U.S. Government for 34 years until retirement.
In 1950, Henry met the love of his life, Margaret. In August of 1952, they became husband and wife. Henry’s family included three step daughters: Eleanor (Elie) Murphy Orr, the late Mildred (Midge) Murphy, and the late Madeline (Jeanie) Murphy. With his lovely, devoted wife, Margaret, Henry enjoyed traveling and entertaining relatives and friends. Many cookouts and bar-b-ques at their home brought family members together where fun was always had by all. In his many travels, Henry visited places throughout the Midwest, the South, East Coast, West Coast, Hawaii, and Las Vegas.
In 1951, Henry joined Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. A.A. Watts. Under the pastoral guidance of Dr. A. Lincoln James, Sr., in 1988, Henry was ordained a Deacon. In his service to God, Henry served as President of the Bethesda Guild, drove the church bus for 15 years, worked with the Cub Scout Committee, and served as Co-Chairman of Men’s Day (1999).
Henry was an extremely humble man. He extended love to everyone and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. His love and pride for his family were surpassed only by his love for GOD. Henry had a nickname for each of his grandchildren, nieces and nephews (i.e., Boogaloo, Cowboy, Thanksgiving, Pumpkin, Mollie, and Preacher, to name a few).
Henry was a true example of a faithful servant. He sincerely beleived that “What you do for Christ will Last.” His favorite saying was, “To God be the Glory.”
GOD blessed Henry real good with 99 years and 6 days of a full and wonderful life surrounded by people he loved and who loved him. Our family has been blessed to have had such a gentle, sweet, and humble spirit as the patriarch of our family.
Henry attributes his longevity of life to serving and praising his Heavenly Father, The Almighty God, marriage to his lovely and faithful wife, Margaret, for 54 years, having a wonderful, devoted, and loving family, as well as, a great church family.
With memories to treasure, Henry leaves his step-daughter, Eleanor; five siblings: Mary Lott, Annie Chambers, Bess Chambers, Eugene “Genie” Chambers, and Lucille Graham, of Dolton, Illinois; a special nephew, Champ (Rudy) Kelly (Chris) of Hazel Crest, Illinois; three granddaughters: Gigi Beals, Margaret Murray (Solomon), Melissa Howard (Samuel); three grandsons: Ashami Collins, Jeru Murphy and Jono Murphy; a host of great grands, many nieces,
nephews, and cousins; one sister-in-law, Yvonne Chambers of Elk Grove, California; and one brother-in-law, Henry White of Dolton, Illinois.
Chicago, IL 60649
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