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William C Chambers

October 15, 1946 ~ January 14, 2018 (age 71)

William Carter Chambers age 71, affectionately known as Sonny by family and friends, departed this life on January 14, 2018.  He was born to Carter and Willie Mae Chambers on October 15, 1946 in Chattanooga, Tn.  He was the youngest of his eight siblings.  He attended East Fifth Street School, Howard High School and graduated from Riverside High School in 1964.

Sonny is preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Willie Mae Chambers; sister, Geraldine Mays Smith; brothers, Harry Lee Lindsey, Charles Herman Lindsey, Cortez Greer,  James Grier, Jr.; and his nephew, Kevin L. Talley.

After graduation from high school, Sonny enlisted in the U.S. Navy, he served in Vietnam and received the Service Medal with one bronze star, a National Defense Service Medal, a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. 

After returning home, he attended UTC (University of Tennessee College), McKenzie College, and Chattanooga State.  Sonny was a local entrepreneur with several businesses in the Chattanooga area.  His most beloved ones were the Breakfast House on East 3rd Street, Arena Barbecue that moved throughout the Chattanooga area. Sonny was known for his famous barbecue.   He also owned and operated the Sound Stage, which featured popular music acts.  Sonny was a very intelligent and avid reader.  In particularly, he enjoyed reading the Holy Bible and praying daily.  He was liked by everyone and he never met a stranger. He was generous with his time, knowledge, and cooking.

Sonny faithfully served mankind and his community.  He loved children and especially adored his own children and grandchildren.  He had a close bond with all his siblings and was a remarkable man, he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 

Sonny leaves to cherish his memory, his sons, William Carter Chambers, III, (known as Little Sonny) of Chattanooga, Tn., Quincy Chambers of Denver CO.; his brother, Roderick Grier; sister, Carolyn (Thomas) Smith of Chattanooga, Tn.; sister-in-law, Mildred Grier of National City, CA.; aunt JoAnn (Phillip) Cousin of Chicago, IL.; his great aunt, Mariam Moon of Chattanooga, Tn.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.   

Family will receive friends Sunday, January 21,2018 at the New Enon Baptist Church, 2302 Wilcox Blvd. from 4:00p.m.until 6:00p.m. Service will be Monday, January 22, at 11:30a.m. at the church.  Rev. Dr. Andrew Bullard III will be the Eulogist.  Interment will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.   Patton Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chambers family.

Please contact Carolyn Smith at 423-803-5266 or 423-414-5884 for family information.

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