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CLYDE — Ernest “Shorty” D. Chambers, 91, entered peacefully into his heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, with his loving family by his side.

Mr. Chambers was born on Jan. 23, 1928, and was a son of the late Charles Elmer Chambers and the late Fannie Mae Stevenson Chambers.

“Shorty,” as he was affectionately known by family and friends, had made his home in Haywood County all of his life and he was indeed blessed with a multitude of friendships.

He was an avid Pisgah High School football fan to such an extent that he had faithfully attended 47 years of every single PHS football game from 1966 through 2013.

Mr. Chambers had proudly chosen to honor his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII and served in the Philippines.

Shorty was a hard worker and enjoyed farming as well as cattle ranching. He had retired from Dayco in 1986 after many years of dedicated service. In his spare time, he could be found buying and selling items at the flea market, working on cars, or watching NASCAR on the television. Above all else, Mr. Chambers loved and cherished his precious family, who will miss him dearly.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Bulah Smith Chambers who passed away in 2013; and three sisters, Jean Sherrill, Susie McCarson and Marybee Shehan.

Surviving are his children, Hilda Francis and her husband, Robert of Canton, Doris Pless and her husband, David of Clyde, and Lewis Chambers and his wife, Sandra of Clyde; grandchildren, Rebecca Reed (Johnny), Rachel Smith (Caleb), Jonathan Lovelace (Rachel), Pamela Greene (Roger), Michael Pless (Heather), Jeremy Chambers (Bryanna), Brad Chambers (Tina), Sabrina Hipps, and Tara Pace (Greg), and Eric Scarboro; 19 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren with one precious blessing on the way; two brothers, James “Cat” Chambers (Betty) of Clyde, Steve Chambers (Rose Alice) of Beaumont, Texas; a sister, Ollie Francis of Waynesville; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Center Pigeon Baptist Church. Officiating will be his great-grandson, Pastor Colton Hipps. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow in Center Pigeon Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff of Silver Bluff, and especially the 200 Hall for their love and care of Mr. Chambers.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Chambers’ memory to Silver Bluff Village for the Patient and Activity Fund, at 100 Silver Bluff Dr., Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Chambers family and words of comfort may be shared at

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