Leland C. Chambliss went home to be with his Lord on April 22, 2009 at age 70 at Margarets House in Longview, Texas after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on May 18, 1938 in Jefferson, Marion County, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 15½ years, Elaine Beck Jimmerson Chambliss of Longview, his two children and their families, son, Anthony Tony and Laura Chambliss of Buford, Georgia and daughter, Tonya Edington, of Little Rock, Arkansas. Also, four grandsons, Jared and Jordan Chambliss of Buford, Georgia, and Brett and Zachary Edington of Little Rock, Arkansas. Two granddaughters, Ashlin Chambliss of Buford, Georgia and Tori Edington of Little Rock, Arkansas. Also, two brothers, Robert and Wayne Chambliss of Jefferson, Texas; two sisters, Dorothy Jackson of Jefferson, Texas and Wilma Cauley of Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Sue Melton; his parents, Raz and Maurine Humphrey Chambliss; three brothers, John, Donald, and Glen; one half-sister, Evelyn Lile; and stepson, Kenneth Jimmerson.
Leland was a member of the 1956 Jefferson High School graduation class. He served in the Army National Guard for 1½ years during high school and then enlisted in the United States Army shortly after graduation serving for three years, two years of it in the Far East with the Army Security Agency. After his honorable discharge, he returned to East Texas and worked for Lone Star Steel Company, Thiokol Chemical Corporation, Schlitz Container and then American National Can retiring as Quality Assurance Manager in 1997. After he retired, Leland worked 75% of the time as a consultant for ANC through 2001 and then continued to do some work for Rexam through 2006. He spent time in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and all over the U.S. starting up new plants, training quality assurance personnel in statistics and installing computerized quality systems. His hobbies consisted of traveling, studying history and a love of genealogy which he shared with his cousin, Karen Chambliss, of California.
Leland was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Victory I Sunday School Mens Class.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Visitation will be at Rader Funeral Home, Longview, on Friday, April 24, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held in the Rader Funeral Home Chapel, 1617 Judson Rd., Longview on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Richard Jones of Calvary Baptist Church, and Rev. Hilton Lane, Tonys father-in-law, of Abbieville, Mississippi, officiating. Burial will be in the Rosewood Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Margaret Schottstaedt and her special staff at Beacon Hospice for their loving and compassionate care while at Margarets House, to the Victory I Sunday School Mens Class and to his friends who have traveled this journey with him.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Beacon Hospice @ Margarets House, 5016 Gilmer Rd., Longview, Texas 75604; Calvary Baptist Church, 4715 Tennerville Rd., Longview, TX 75604 or a charity of your choice.
The pall bearers will be the members of the Victory I Calvary Baptist Church Mens Sunday School Class.