On the evening of December 25, 2014, Bill passed away in the comfort of his home in Homestead, Florida, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 95 years old.
Bill was born in Princeton on February 27, 1919 to William Sr. and Louise Chambers. He was the second born and first of three sons. He graduated from Redland High School and attended college at the University of Florida.
He enjoyed young life in Florida with brothers Charles and John, where they spent much of their time fishing in the Florida Keys. Over the years Bill entertained many a person with stories of their catches. He loved to tell of a time when the cero mackerel were running, and together with their father they fished until their arms were exhausted from pulling in fish. He said the boat wouldnt hold another mackerel. True to form, they gave the fish away to their neighbors.
After college, he entered the Army-Air Corps, where he served 4 years. While in service he earned an American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Ribbon. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He met his lifelong sweetheart, Venetia, while stationed in Syracuse, New York. She was only 14 years old at the time, so he patiently waited for her 18th birthday to get married. They were married on June 14, 1946 and enjoyed over 68 years of marriage together.
Bill attended Olivet Nazarene College and graduated Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. They had their first child, Bill III, while attending seminary. After graduation the family moved to Homestead, Florida and began pastoring Homestead Nazarene Church.
Pastor Bill was beloved by his congregation young and old. He faithfully led the church in Homestead for 59 years and was noted especially for his sincere love for people. Attendees will remember how he ended each sermon by encouraging everyone to shake hands and be friendly.
He was highly respected in the Nazarene church community, known far and wide for his fervent love of God and devotion to doing His work.
Saltwater fishing was Bills lifelong passion. Even after he could no longer make the journey to the Keys, he lived vicariously through stories of his familys fishing trips. Just three days before his death he assured us he could still navigate to his favorite fishing spot, Uncle Buds hole.
Even into his 90s Bill enjoyed playing golf regularly, unhindered by his limited sight. He also loved bowling with family and friends. His family remembers him always practicing his golf swing and his bowling form as he walked through the kitchen. He also loved the Miami Dolphins, and after losing his sight would continue to follow their games over the radio.
Bill is remembered for his love and service for Jesus, his devotion to his family, and his kind and gentle nature. He always had a quick wit and frequently surprised everyone with a timely joke. A careful decision maker, he gave wise and thoughtful counsel to many people over the years. Always a servant, always last in line, always dependably loving.
He was a cheerful optimist and could frequently be heard humming or singing Oh how I love Jesus and Oh Happy Day.
He was father to 4 children and Pa to 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He always selflessly gave what he had and never left any doubt that he loved them all. He gave the warmest hugs and was happiest when everyone was in the house together.
The last two years of his life he was cared for by his daughter and son-in-law Judy and Jack Blythe. Together they faithfully managed all aspects of his care. He was always a kind and grateful patient, never uttering a complaint or ill word even to the end. Every act of service was always responded to with a thank ya or mighty kind of you.
Bill is survived by his wife Venetia, children Bill III, Jim, Judy, and Honey Vee. Eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also lovingly remember him. He was a most dedicated husband and loving father and grandfather.
His family rejoices in his reunion with his parents, William Sr. and Louise Chambers parents-in-law Helen Gould and Arthur and Margaret Gould, his sisters Rose and Evelyn, and brothers John and Charles.
A service in memorial of Bills life took place at Homestead Nazarene Church on Monday, December 29th, at 10:00 am.
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