Joe Mac Chambers

Joe Mac Chambers, 84, of Monticello, passed away on October 11, 2019.

He was born on August 17, 1935 in Monticello and was the son of the late Enos and Linnie Gober Chambers.

Mr. Chambers was a family man who loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He also enjoyed genealogy, hunting, fishing, and watching baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Delorious Jean Barnes Chambers; a son, Michael Chambers of Costa Rica; two daughters, Toni Dorsey (Wayne) of Bryant and Teri Chambers (Michelle) of Woodlawn; two grandchildren, Nick Dorsey (Kellie) of Gallion, Alabama and Kristen Burleson (Tyler) of Jonesboro; six great-grandchildren, Willa Jo, Emmaus, Levi, Luke, and Lucy (due in January) Dorsey, and Abby Jane Burleson; two sisters, Jewel Hackett of Conway and Glenda Henry (James) from Wylie, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Enos and Linnie Gober Chambers; a brother, Erston Chambers of Texas; and three sisters, Bea Demarco of California, Irma Peterson of California, and Edith Swan of Monticello.

Mr. Chambers was in the Army Infantry in 1959, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and later at Fort Benning, Georgia. After an honorable discharge, he moved his family to California where he worked as a shop foreman machinist. He was a graduate of Drew Central High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He received a master’s degree in education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Mr. Chambers taught math and algebra at Drew Central High School for two years. The remainder of his teaching career, he taught at Monticello High School in classes such as general cooperative education and metal trades. He was a member of the Arkansas Education Association. He and his wife, Jean, owned and operated Barnes Grocery Store for many years. He was a member of Monticello First Assembly of God Church.

The family would like to thank Baptist Medical Center, Drew Memorial Hospital, Hospice Homecare, and his caregiver, Sofonda Turner, for the excellent care that he received the last four months of his life.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, I am your servant, you have loosed my bonds.” Psalms 116:15-16

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 14 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 15, at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church. Burial will follow in Union Ridge Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church, 915 U.S. 425 North, Monticello, AR 71655 or Hospice Homecare, 990 U.S. 425 North, Monticello, AR 71655.