Rev. Charlie Chambers, 86, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away April 7, 2019.

Born in Pioneer, July 18, 1932, he was preceded in death by infant children, Charles and Carolyn Chambers; daughter, Darlene Moore; parents, Maynard Deroy and Gracie Mae Green Chambers; brothers: Willard, David, Ralph, and R.D. Chambers; sister, Martha Jane Padgett; and sister-in-law, Lottie McLain.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, and served as pastor for Calvary Assembly of God, and Souls Harbor, both of which he was instrumental in organizing.  He also served as pastor for many other area churches before retiring from full-time pastoring. He was a man of faith, who dedicated his entire life to serving his Lord. He had an integral part in establishing the AEGA World Wide Ministries in Louisiana and, along with his wife, assisted with setting up the first Head Start in Arkansas. He was a long-time board member of St. Joseph’s Hospital, now CHI St. Vincent’s-Hot Springs, and was a member of the Lions Club. He was a devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma McLain Chambers of Hot Springs, Ark.; son, Joe (Debbie) Chambers of Benton, Ark.; daughters: Virginia (James) Hill of Bonnerdale, Ark., Linda (Brett) McCool of Hot Springs, Ark., and Joy (Dale) Speers of Fountain Lake, Ark.; 32 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, sisters, Shirley (Fred) Clevenger of Ind., and Faye (Gene) Bayles of Tenn.; and many other relatives and friends.

Service was conducted April 12, at Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs, Ark., with Rev. Virgil Blaylock, Rev. Robert Howell, and Rev. Homer LaRue officiating. Interment was conducted at Coker Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army Honors Team.

Arrangements by Davis-Smith Funeral Home.