Martha Brooks Chamlee(1928 - 2019)

Martha Brooks Chamlee

Greenville - Mrs. Chamlee was born Martha Jo Brooks on April 6, 1928 in Charleston, IL. She is survived by an identical twin sister, Mary Brooks Steere of Peoria, IL. and a younger sister, Bonnie Brooks Clark of Charleston, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Jessie Taylor Brooks, sister Helen Brooks Coontz and an infant brother Larry. In 2011, her beloved husband of sixty one years, Roy Zebulon Chamlee, Jr. went to be with the Lord. Two years later, on Thanksgiving day, her eldest grandson, David B. Roten, Jr., a decorated Green Beret, was killed by enemy fire in Kabul, Afghanistan. He, too, is now with the Lord.

Martha was educated at Eastern Illinois University, in her home town, graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (where she met her husband), did further studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Carver School of Missions in Louisville, KY., and studied Spanish at Escuela de Idiomas in San Jose, Costa Rica.

She and her husband served ten years with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Trujillo, Peru. Returning to the States, she was employed in the Library of International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in Washington, DC. She later worked at the Southern Baptist publishing house, The Sunday School Board (now Lifeway) in Nashville, TN, for which she also did some curriculum and devotional writing. She was later employed by the Development Office of the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, TN.

Surviving Mrs. Chamlee are her children Roy Z. Chamlee III and his wife Mary Beth Lowe Chamlee of Greenville, SC.; Joseph B. Chamlee of Huntsville, AL. and Cynthia C. Chamlee of Fort Collins, CO.

She leaves seven grandchildren; Matthew Roten of GA.;Lisa Roten Lorbiecki (Nathan) of Greenville, SC.; Gregory Roten (Kasia) of Olive Hill, KY.; Laura Chamlee Debiasi (Marcus) of Hoover, AL.; Megan Chamlee Mills (Charles) of Hoover, AL.; Roy Z. Chamlee IV (Stephanie) of Nashville, TN. and Sarah Chamlee of Greenville, SC.

Mrs, Chamlee was blessed with eleven great grandchildren.

A funeral service celebrating Mrs. Chamlee's life will be held Sunday May 19, 2019 at 2:00PM in The Chapel at Mackey at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1 Pine Knoll Dr. Greenville, SC. Burial will follow the service in Woodlawn Memorial Park. A visitation with family will be from 1:00-2:00PM on the day of service at Mackey at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Condolences to the family can be made at

Funeral Home

Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Woodlawn Memorial Park
1 Pine Knoll Drive Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 244-0978

Published in The Greenville News on May 18, 2019