WEST CLARKSVILLE - The Rev. Leslie E. Chambers, of 2893 Route 305, passed away Wednesday (July 30, 2014) at home, after a brief battle with cancer.
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Born Oct. 13, 1951, in Olean, he was a son of Ralph and Mary Russell Chambers. On Nov. 30, 1974, in Belmont, he married the former Rosemarie A. Mitchell, who survives.
Les was a graduate of Grand Island High School, class of 1969. He attended Cedarville University studying basic courses. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from Oct. 15, 1971, until his honorable discharged Jan. 28, 1975. He then went on to study at Spurgeon Baptist Bible College in Mulberry, Fla., graduating in 1979.
Returning to the area after graduating, he was ordained at the First Baptist Church, North Tonawanda, on Oct. 8, 1980. In August of 1985, he moved to West Clarksville, at which time he became pastor of the West Clarksville Baptist Church, where he was still serving.
Rev. Chambers will be remembered as being a compassionate pastor who was always attentive to the needs of his congregation and community members. He was a faithful servant of the Lord providing a positive attitude and refused to let his illness overshadow his love and faith.
For several years, he was the chaplain for the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, and was an official for track and cross-country.
He loved his wife, children and adored his grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed splitting wood.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his father and stepmother, Ralph (Greta) Chambers of Amherst; his children, Stacey (John) Fisher of Allegany, Paul Chambers of South Haven, Miss., Daniel (Danielle) Chambers of South Haven, Miss., David (Miranda) Chambers of Bolivar, John Chambers of New York City and Philip Chambers of West Clarksville; his grandchildren, Bryttanie, Daeman, Elliott, Addison, Isaiah, Zion, Nevaeh and Layla; his siblings, Andy, Randy, Fran, Kathy, Jim, Glenda, Sarah, Ruth, Tim and Liz; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday (Aug. 4, 2014) at the West Clarksville Baptist Church. Private family burial with full military honors will be in West Clarksville Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the West Clarksville Baptist Church, 9003 Daggett Hollow Road, Bolivar, NY 14715.
Mark F Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc
9 Bull St Cuba, NY 14727
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Aug. 1, 2014