Flores Patrick "Pat"
Rambin, LA - Flores Patrick "Pat" Chamberlin, 91, died suddenly at home in Rambin, LA in southeastern DeSoto Parish on May 21, 2013 from heart disease. He was born October 21, 1921 in Mansfield, LA but had lived in Rambin all of his life except for the times that he was away at work.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 24, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Chapel in Rambin with Father Edmund A. "Larry" Niehoff, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Parish in Mansfield officiating. Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield, LA on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM with a Vigil service at 6:00 PM and a rosary following. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Rambin, LA.
Preceding him in death were his wife of 54 years Pauline Ebarb Chamberlin parents, Mike and Mary Chamberlin; brother Dan Chamberlin and an infant daughter Paula Loretta Chamberlin.
Surviving him are two sons, Mario Chamberlin of Rambin and Angelo Chamberlin of Mansfield, six daughters Loma Chamberlin of Naborton, Mona Kellogg of Rambin, Lana Chamberlin of Carmel, Lola Spano of Mansfield, Angela McMellon of Carmel and Maria Chamberlin of Mansfield; fourteen grandchildren Ryan Chamberlin whom he raised, Abbey McKinnon, Jason Kellogg, Kelsey Kellogg, Caitlin Salter, Colton Chamberlin, Cara Chamberlin, Crystal Chamberlin, Earl Spano, Jr., Justin Youngblood, Katy McMellon, Nicholas Stockton, Joshua Lafitte, and Dylan Smith; and four great grandchild, Gavin Chamberlin, Ethan Spano, Cameron Kellogg, and Malerie Kellogg.
He graduated from Pelican High School and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Soon after his graduation from LSU, he went to work for the State of Louisiana and worked for the State continually for 37 years. He was Probation and Parole Supervisor and at the time of his retirement he was head of the Natchitoches District Probation and Parole Office. After his retirement from the State, he worked for the Rambin-Wallace Water System for 15 years as Bookkeeper and Secretary-Treasurer.
He was interested in politics and was a candidate for various Parish-wide and District offices. In 1984, he was elected Constable of wards five and seven in DeSoto parish and was re-elected in 1990 and 1996. In 2002, he was elected Justice of the Peace of Wards five and seven in Desoto parish, and held that office at the time of his death. He was also a Notary Public.
He loved God and his church and was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary's Catholic chapel in Rambin where he held a daily Communion Service during the week-days. He has served on both the Pastoral Councils and Finance councils at both St. Mary's Church in Rambin and St. Joseph's Church in Mansfield. For a number of years, he was president of St. Mary's Cemetery Association in Rambin. He made an annual spiritual retreat at either Maryhill in Pineville, Our Lady of the Oaks in Grand Coteau or some other Retreat house.
He loved music and was a member of the choirs at both St. Mary's Church in Rambin and St. Joseph's Church in Mansfield. During his younger years, he organized and was the leader of the Rhythm Ramblers band and the All-Star Playboys band and had radio programs in Mansfield, Natchitoches, and Center, TX. He was a trumpet player.
He loved baseball but was unable to play because he had the polio when he was 13 years of age which left him crippled in his left leg. Instead, he organized and was the manager of baseball teams in Rambin, Mansfield and Coushatta. He organized and was president of the Red River Valley Semi-Pro Baseball League for a number of years.
Pallbearers will be Patrick "Colton" Chamberlin, Jason Kellogg, Terry McMellon, Clyde "Buzzy" Moran, James "Joe" Prudhome, Earl Spano, Earl Spano, Jr., and Justin Youngblood. Honorary pallbearers will be Dylan Smith, Joshua Lafitte, Nicholas Stockton, Gavin Chamberlin, Ryan Chamberlin, Bobby Chamberlin, John M. Chamberlin, Phillip Chamberlin, Robin Lafitte and Kenny Malmay.
If he could talk now he would say "Do not grieve for me that I am gone, but rejoice and be glad that I am at last free of all earthly trials and tribulations and am at home in Heaven with God, my relatives and friends. Time Flies, Death Awaits.
Published in Shreveport Times on May 23, 2013
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