John William Chambers, 83, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Saturday morning, June 22, 2013, at his home. He had been in declining health.
He was born Thursday, Nov. 7, 1929, at Richmond, Ky., a son of the late Clarence and Catherine Griggs Chambers.
On June 6, 1965, at Nashville, Ky., he was married to the former Nancy Caroline Allen, who preceded him in death on Oct. 28, 2009. They had celebrated 44 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Michael Chambers and wife, Leah Richie, of Lynnfield, Mass., and Matthew Chambers and wife, Maggie, of Parsons; two sisters, Marietta McBride of Richmond, Ky., and Martha Harris of Eugene, Ore.; two brothers, Charles and Donald Chambers, both of Richmond, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Amanda, Heather, Catherine, John, Christopher, Samantha, Erin, Maria and Sarah Chambers; and several nieces, nephews and their descendants.
Preceding him in death is one sister, Patty Sue Carr on June 20, 2001.
John was raised and educated in Richmond, Ky., working much of his early life on the family dairy farm. He continued his education and received a B.S. in chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, then went on to earn his Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt. From there he went to teach at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., then at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.
He taught at WVSOM for 21 years until his retirement in 1997, earning numerous awards and citations for excellence in teaching and as a lecturer.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mr. Chambers' request for cremation will then follow. Memorials will be held at a later date in Lewisburg, and Richmond, Ky.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for John William Chambers.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.