Berneice Louise Chambers, a longtime resident of Carrabelle, passed gently and peacefully into the arms of the Lord surrounded by the love of her brother and daughter on Sunday morning, Oct. 22, 2017.
She was born in Attapulgus, Georgia on Dec. 26, 1933 and was a bright flame of love, humor, charity, and faith her entire life.
She is survived by her soulmate and partner into eternity, Lowell Andrew Chambers Jr., of Carrabelle; brother John Brown and sister Rita Jean Millender, both of Carrabelle; daughter Karen Chambers Hill and husband Tom of Harpswell, Maine; favorite granddaughter Sarah Jean Hill, of Phoenix, Arizona; grandson Thomas Hill III, living in Jerusalem with his wife Genevieve Parker Hill and son Thomas Hill IV; and Christopher Hill, living in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Nichole and son Wesley.
Berneice was predeceased by her parents John and Janie Brown, of Carrabelle, and sister Elizabeth Daniels, of Port St. Joe.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 307 3rd Street West in Carrabelle. The funeral will be Thursday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m., also at the First Assembly of God Church, followed by a graveside service and a reception at the church. All who loved Berneice are welcome.
Berneice moved to Carrabelle with her family when she was 10 years old and she lived and loved there most of her life. After meeting the man of her dreams on the docks of the Carrabelle River in 1955, they married and adventured throughout Texas, Newfoundland, Colorado, and Perry, always returning to Carrabelle, the place she loved and called home. After 63 years of happy marriage in Carrabelle, she left to meet her Lord.
Berneice was a deeply-loved member of the Carrabelle community and vital member of the First Assembly of God Church. Always active in and supportive of her church, she was a burning light of love and faith to all who knew her. Her mind, memory, and wit were as sharp last week as ever. She was always ready with a funny true story and an inventory of corny jokes. She was quick to charity and love, fast to forgiveness, and had an unyielding faith in her Lord. She loved well and she is well-loved. She will be fondly remembered by all who know her.
Berneice's flame of love and faith continues on in the holy City of Jerusalem after the lighting of candles on her behalf in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by her grandson this past Friday. The tradition of lighting candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holy site of the Lord's burial and resurrection, was inspired by a miracle that happened many centuries ago and is a profession of acceptance of the Light of Christ and the gift of salvation. This is how Berneice lived her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC), a cause near and dear to her heart. Contributions should be addressed to the First Assembly of God Church,307 3rd St. W, Carrabelle FL 32322 with a memo indicating BGMC.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, is in charge of arrangements.