Mrs. Martha Thomas Chambers, age 88, of Elizabethton, Tenn. passed away Friday, February 8, 2013 at Hermitage Health Care Center in Elizabethton. A native of Carter County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Joel Buford and Sue Piper Thomas. Mrs. Chambers was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II where she was the editor of the Navy newspaper, the “Letter Pusher”. Her name is listed on the “Women in Military Service” memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. Mrs. Chambers received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University, and worked as a teacher and guidance counselor for the Carter County and Elizabethton City school systems. She was very active in the community having been a former member of the Elizabethton and New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Woman’s Clubs and having served on the Board of Directors for 27 years of the Northeast Community Credit Union. Mrs. Chambers was a member of First Baptist Church in Elizabethton where she had served as a Sunday school teacher. She was a very faithful servant of the Lord.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Landon David “L. D.” Chambers, Jr., a son, Joel Christopher Chambers, and a brother, Albert Baxter Thomas. Survivors include four children, Suzanne Zaremba and husband Greg, Richmond, Va.; David Chambers and wife Suzanne, Elizabethton; Leigh McKeehan and husband John, Elizabethton and Ed Chambers and wife Tonya, Woodstock, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Nicholas Zaremba, Abby Suarez, Landon Chambers and wife Kristin, Colby Chambers, Darrin Chambers and wife Allie, Katie Chambers, Chris Brewer, Olivia Chambers and Emma Chambers; three great-grandchildren, Landon Suarez, Dylan Chambers and Anabelle Chambers. A daughter-in-law, Jane Chambers, Elizabethton, and a special cousin, Jane Greene and husband Brumley and their family, Greeneville, Tenn. also survive.
A memorial service for Mrs. Martha Thomas Chambers will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, in the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, with the Rev. Tammy Greene officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. John Bunn. Graveside service and inurnment will follow immediately on Wednesday in the Happy Valley Memorial Park with military honors being accorded by the VFW Boone Post #4932.
For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, 212 E. F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lou Cooter, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Chambers. Office: (423) 543-5544