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07/16/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Chambers

William Benjamin Chambers, Jr.
(13 Dec 1930 - 11 July 2017)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was saddened to read of the death of beloved NNHS basketball coach
  Bill Chambers in the Sunday paper. He passed away at his home in Alexander City, Alabama on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the age of 85.

From the Daily Press - 07/16/17:

             William Benjamin Chambers, Jr.



NEWPORT NEWS - William (Bill) Benjamin Chambers, Jr. died peacefully at his home on July 11, 2017 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

Bill was born on December 13, 1930 in Lynchburg, VA to Naomi Sandidge Chambers and William B. Chambers.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Linda Chambers Faunce (Bob) of Richmond, VA.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Betty; his son William III (Phyllis Creech) of Reidsville, NC; his daughter Jane Chambers House (Brad) of Greensboro, NC; two granddaughters and one great-grandson.

Bill was raised in Lynchburg, VA and attended the College of William and Mary. In his senior year, Bill set the NCAA record for individual rebounds (51) in a single game - a record which still stands.





After an unsuccessful try out with the Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers, Bill coached at Newport News High School, where he won two Virginia High School Basketball Championships. He then returned to his alma mater where his William and Mary coaching record (113-110) was the most wins until 2016.

Bill left coaching in 1966 and went into sales with Converse Rubber Company. After several years, he moved into management with Converse in Boston. He returned to the south and became a sporting good salesman in Florida, selling mainly Russell Athletic uniforms and soft goods. In 1990, Bill was appointed Vice-President of Sales for Russell Athletic in Alexander City, AL.

Bill retired in 1994, and he and Betty spent many years enjoying road trips throughout the United States. He also spent many hours playing golf and fishing with his good friends at Willow Point. His many health problems limited his last years, but his perseverance and fighting spirit were an inspiration to many.

Visitation will be at Radney Funeral Home, 1326 Dadeville Road, Alexander City, AL 35010 (256-234-2511) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on August 1st followed by a celebration of Bill's life at Willow Point Country Club, 2544 Willow Point Rd, Alexander City, AL 35010 (256-212-1407).

Contributions can be made to: The Tribe Club/Basketball (College of William and Mary, P O Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187; the Carlisle Enrichment Foundation (510 E. Samford Ave., Auburn 36830), or the charity of your choice.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at

Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on July 16, 2017.
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July 17, 2017

Dear "Little" Bill and Janie, we were so sorry to read of "Big" Bill's passing. We have fond memories of having you for next-door neighbors back in the 1960's in Williamsburg.

~ The Myers family, Joyce, Bruce, Susan and Betty Rae

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Coach Chambers' family, friends, and former students at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/19/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of Ė 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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