BRENHAM Rector "Roger" Chalmers 93, former longtime resident of Odessa, went to be with his Heavenly Father, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, in Brenham Texas, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. |
A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 2, in the FairviewCemetery on Hwy 95, in Bastrop with Reverend Kenneth Kesselus officiating. As per his wishes, Mr. Chalmers was cremated under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Rector Chalmers was born in BastropTexas, one of 10 children born to Owen and Loutie Chalmers. After graduating from BastropHigh School, Mr. Chalmers proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corp as a Radio Operator, giving communication signals to pilots during WWII. He married Willie Belle "Billie" Walker on December 14, 1952 in Dallas and they moved to the Midland/Odessa area where he worked for Pylant Signs and in 1958, along side his best friend Joe McClease, opened Chalmers Signs in Odessa, which he owned and operated for over 40 years.
Roger was a very active man and for over 25 years, looked forward to his yearly "men only camping trips" which consisted of floating the river and endless rounds of poker. He also had a great passion for dancing and one of the great highlights of his life was being asked to participate in the Ballroom Dance Show Case in California.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his children, Cliff Chalmers and wife Fonda, of Midland, Bronice "Cricket" Merworth and husband Brandon, of Brenham and special adopted son Ronnie Boroughs of Plano; granddaughters, Melinda Rochen of Sweeny and Leigh Anne Watson of Elgin; grandsons, Chris Merworth of Brenham and Houston Chalmers of Midland and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Tracy Chalmers of Bastrop, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Loutie Chalmers; sisters, Sue Jenkins, Bess Bohannan, Kathryn Kesselus and Cleo Deal; and brothers, LeRoy Chalmers, Mason Chalmers, Billy Chalmers and Owen Clifford Chalmers.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, or a
in Remembrance of Mr. Chalmers
Friends and family members are invited and encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.nethertonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Odessa American on Feb. 24, 2013