William Crawford Chambers, of Vinton, passed away after a 5 year battle with Alzheimer's disease on August 24, 2017, He was born on April 16, 1941 in Roanoke, VA. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Nanny Chambers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy Overstreet Chambers; sister, Sue Jakul; daughter; Mary Frances Chambers; son and daughter-in-law Thomas William (Tommy) and Ashlee Chambers, and his adored grandson, Tyler William Chambers. He is also survived by his very special niece and nephews, Jessica, Matthew, Deontae and Javon Tingler as well as numerous other family and close friends. After serving our country in the Air Force, he came home to Roanoke and began a career as a Roanoke City Police Officer. He primarily worked the beat downtown and in the SE/Garden City area. After almost 33 years as an officer, he retired as Badge Number One, signifying the longest service on the force at that time. After retirement, he went to work for the US Marshall's service in the Poff Building after the Oklahoma City bombing. He always had a smile on his face and loved every animal he ever came into contact with. He always enjoyed any activities his children participated in, from church functions to volleyball, basketball or baseball games. He traveled all over the East Coast with his family on many baseball tournaments Tommy was involved in. After full retirement, his greatest pastime, by far, was spending time with his grandson, Tyler. From the time Tyler was born, until "Pawpaw" got sick, Nana and Pawpaw cared for Tyler while Tommy and Ashlee worked.Tyler was his best buddy. He always made sure he was the best daddy and PawPaw in the world.
The family would like to thank Carilion Parkway Physicians, Dr. Julia Ewen and the Home Based Primary Care program, Dr. Wood and the VA Memory Clinic Staff and the staff at both Berkshire and Friendship Manor for their outstanding care and compassion for our husband and father. We are also thankful for the love and prayers shown by our church Family at Waverly Place Baptist Church and all of the love shown by an enormous number of family and friends.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Waverly Place Baptist Church with Dr. E. Wayne Sellers officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 27th, from 5pm to 8pm at Lotz Funeral Home in Vinton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Virginia Alzheimer's Society or the Building Fund at Waverly Place Baptist Church. While our hearts mourn, we are at peace knowing he is with our Lord and no longer suffering at the hands of Alzheimer's disease. Online condolences may be made at www.lotzfuneralhomevinton.com