Tifton Gazette


September 9, 2013

Ralph O. Chambers


Ralph O. Chambers, 82, a long-time resident of Tifton, died Saturday morning, Sept. 7, 2013 at his residence following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. today at Ridge Avenue Church of Christ, where Mr. Chambers was an active member for 47 years. His son, Mr. Harold Chambers, Mr. Bill Malone, Mr. Brooks Boyd and Mr. Richard Dale will officiate. The casket will lie-in-state one hour before the service in the church. A private interment will be held at a later date.
The men of the church will serve as an honorary escort.
Mr. Chambers was born October 25, 1930 in the small community of Taylorsville in Bartow County, to the late Gordon and Ethel Lumpkin Chambers. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Chambers. He was always meticulous and detailed oriented beginning his career as a tradesman in the aluminum industry in 1951 at Dixie Aluminum in Rome after serving in the U.S. Army. It was once said that Mr. Chambers was so detailed that he could perfect an aluminum extrusion die using only his hands and a small file. His career moved him around the North Georgia area until he settled in Tifton with his family in 1966. Mr. Chambers was brought to Tifton with his friends and co-workers, Raymond Miller and Hugh Chandler to help establish the Alcoa Tifton Aluminum Plant. Mr. Chambers was employed at the Tifton plant until his retirement in 1994. Upon his retirement, He enjoyed spending time with his wife and daughter at his family’s second home in Rome watching the Braves; fishing with his sons, grandchildren, and close friends in Steinhatchee, Fla. His family was always the center of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie Collins Chambers of Tifton; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Mary Chambers of Tifton and Randall and Cheryl Chambers of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Sherrye Chambers of Tifton; grandchildren, Kate Chambers, Randy Chambers and Georgia Chambers; brother, Charles Chambers of Rockmart, GA; his beloved dog, Dixie as well as many close friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.
While flowers are appreciated, those who wish to make a donation may do so to the charity of their choice or to the Humane Society, 278 GA Hwy 125 S., Tifton, GA 31794.
You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.
Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. 

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