May 24, 1918 - Nov 26, 2017
Frances Alexina Bailey Chambers, 99, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and wife of the late Billy Gray Chambers, entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 26, 2017. Frances was born May 24, 1918 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late Rolla Andrew Bailey and Frances Anderson Kennedy Bailey. She retired from Southern Bell Telephone Company in 1973 with 31 years of service, having transferred to Winston-Salem from Charleston, SC in 1939. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, North State Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, James B. Gordon Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Salem Council of the Telephone Pioneers, First Families of S.C., Huguenot Society of South Carolina, and South Carolina Historical Society.
Frances is survived by her son Robert Bailey Chambers (Mary) of Isle of Palms, South Carolina; four grandsons, Robert B. Chambers, Jr. (Pheobe), Andrew R. Chambers (Melissa), Laurance G. Chambers (Kristin), William T. Chambers; five great-grandchildren, Caroline, Nathan, Matthew, Cooper and Henry. Frances was preceded in death by her husband Billy Gray Chambers and her son Billy Gray Chambers, Jr.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff of Yadkinville Nursing Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
A private family service will be held at Forsyth Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by Salem Funeral & Cremation Services. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
So sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. She was like a mother to all of the kids growing up on Queen Street.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you for your loss. May you be comforted from Isaiah 33:24 and Ecclesiates 3:11. Visit www.jw.org and click on Bible Teachings and click on Bible Questions Answered.
Cecile Honeycutt and I visited Frances for many years, after she could no longer live at home after Bill, Jr. died.
The nursing home in Yadkinville seemed like a good facility. We always took large print Portals of Prayer in large print for her to read, as well as old membership directories that held people she might remember. She shows the booklet you'd given her with photos of the grand children and great grands that lived near W-S.
We always sang old favorite hymns with her and I took her small chocolate bars, knowing she loved them, but not enough to hurt her. Once in a while we toothier fresh grapes, which she also enjoyed.
For a long time she'd ask where Billy was and we'd tell her he was withJesus...seemed she finally understood, but then before we left, she'd ask again. When she got so convinced that her husband, Bill. was going to pick her up and he might go off without her, We'd find her heavily sedated and she'd just lie there asleep. Who we could no long wake her up, we would report to the Pastor/elders who would still go to see her and give hr communion. All w could do is pray fr her and her desire to be with her two Bills. Cecile died of a heart attack about this time last year, and I've missed her a lot since we'd made visits to St. Johns's shut-ins in nursing homes, assisted living, or those still at home, but unable to drive.
I'm sure you're all pleased that your mother/grandmother is finally at peace. I met many of you after Billy died and we were there to help serve a dinner.
God's peace be with you.
I know Pastor Clocker did not know her, but he is a kind, wonderful shepherd for us right now.
God strengthens us by giving us the "power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7) jw.org
My condolences to the Chambers family. I know this is a difficult time for the family and friends and I pray God comforts and strengthens you all. May the many cherished and loving memories of Frances comfort her family and friends. May you all have peace of mind during this time.