Person:CHAMBLESS, Robert Devore (1922 - 2007)

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CHAMBLESS, Robert Devore (1922 - 2007)
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Family(s): Chambless,Simmons
Person ID (Link to genealogy): GED link doc.gif I7
Sex: M
Date born: 18 Apr 1922
Born in: St. Petersburg, Florida
Date died: 25 Oct 2007
Died in: Raymore, Missouri
Father: CHAMBLESS, Guy (1892 - 1969)
Mother: SANDERSON, Sarah Elizabeth (1895 - 1987)
Spouse(s): SIMMONS, Lois Winston (1924 - 2012)
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Religious affiliation(s): Disciples of Christ
Occupation(s): Clergyman
Military service:
Military campaign WWII - Pacific Theater
Military branch Army - Air Corps
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Robert D. Chambless was born to Guy and Betty (Elizabeth Sanderson) Chambless on 18 Apr 1922 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He had a younger brother, Joe. In 1930, the family was living apart, Guy apparently having gone north to find work. The family later spent a year in Cleveland, Ohio, before returning to Florida, this time, Miami. "Bob" was a bright child; he skipped two grades in school and finished high school at the age of 16. He received a scholarship to Emery University, and attended for a year, but he neglected his studies, playing bridge with his buddies, and, after a year, his father refused to continue paying for his schooling. For awhile, Bob worked as a meat cutter, where he developed and abiding distaste for bologna. While in his late teens, he and his brother belonged to a "gang"[1] called the Allapattah Alley Rats. Bob was known as "Heavy the Hook", while Joe's name was "Skinny Boy."

Bob served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater in WWII, writing home several times a month; his mother preserved those letters. He wanted to become a pilot, but vision issues prevented it; instead, he became a navigator-bombadier. Toward the end of the war, he had a bad experience, which he never talked about, with one exception. He took his daughter Susan and some of her friends at TCU to dinner and somehow started to talk about it. The story ran thus: One night he and his pilot crash landed in the sea off an island in the Pacific. They waded ashore, where Bob fell into a pit. He was there about 24 hours; after being rescued, he was diagnosed as a manic-depressive and returned home on a hospital ship. He arrived after his unit, as in the interval the war had ended and his buddies were sent home by a speedier route.

Bob attended the University of Miami and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. He then worked for Ryder Trucks and played baseball for the Presbyterian Church, where he met Lois Winston Simmons, who was to be his wife.

Bob was called to the ministry and went to Fort Worth, Texas to attend Brite College of the Bible at Texas Christian University. On Easter weekend, 1949, Bob returned to Miami to marry Lois, and the couple returned to Fort Worth. Their first child, Susan, was born just nine and one-half months after the wedding. Bob was ordained as a Disciples of Christ minister at the end of 1950, and in January, 1951, the little family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where Bob became minister of St. Nicholas Park Christian Church. Sons Bob and John were born there. In 1954, the family moved to Russellville, Arkansas, where Bob ministered to the First Christian Church there. Their youngest child, Paul, was born in Russellville.

In 1958, the school integration issue was a hot button topic, especially in the state of Arkansas, where the "Little Rock Nine" integrated Central High School in Little Rock. Bob supported the school integration issue and was asked to leave by the church, who reportedly said, "We love you, Bob, but we can't accept your politics." The family then moved to Dallas, Texas, where Bob served Trinity Christian Church, and Memorial Christian Church. In 1965, the family moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas where Bob served at First Christian Church. In 1969, Bob and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Bob administered St. Louis Christian Home for Children and later worked as an accountant for the National Benevolent Association.

  1. Much more innocent than the gangs of today,

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