Oliver (O.E.) Chambers, 78, of the Buffalo community, passed away June 15, 2013, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
Born in Scott County, September 21, 1934, he was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Vada Cross Chambers; brother, Keith Chambers; sister, Sharon Seeber; and father-in-law, Buck Lominac.
He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving in the Korean War and honored with a Purple Heart; and was the assistant director of the Civilian Branch of NASA during the Mercury Program where he worked closely with the original American astronauts. He was an educator at Scott High School, was a Federal mine inspector for a number of years who then continuedwork with the Department of Labor as a safety and training educator; and was a businessman and entrepreneur.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Lominac Chambers; children: Dr. Michael Chambers and wife, Amy, of Huntington, West Virginia, and Dr. Michelle Chambers of Miami Beach, Fla.; granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Chambers; sister, Bettye Oharrah of Oneida; brother, Javan Chambers and wife, Ruth, of Williamsburg, Ohio; mother-in-law, June Lominac; nieces and nephews: Vanessa Sears, Christy Transier, Scott and Brian Chambers, Frank Seeber, Lattic Lominac, and Jacob Coffey; brother- and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Joni Lominac, Kasey Lominac, and Shelia and Anthony Hefflin; and many other relatives.
Funeral service was conducted June 18, in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Anderson officiating. Music was provided by Allen Martin. Graveside service was to have been conducted at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, at Chambers Cemetery in the Smith Creek community with full military honors provided by American Legion Post #136 of Oneida.
Jones & Son Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.