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Edward Earl Chambers

Big Ed: Respected educator, successful referee and mentor, avid fisherman, devoted husband, loving father, generous grandfather. A life well-lived and worthy of remembrance, now joining the Lord he served faithfully in and out of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and reuniting with his beloved life partner, Lynn and his oldest son Bryan. Missed by many but also celebrated on earth by all those whose life he touched.

Edward Earl Chambers passed away unexpectedly early Friday afternoon July 16, 2021. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Fuller Bryan Chambers and Lelia Chambers Howell, brother F.B. Chambers; wife of 59 years Mary Lynn Chambers and son Daniel Bryan Chambers. Edward is survived by his brother, Bob Chambers; son, Brady Guy Chambers and wife Debbie Stair Chambers; daughter-in-law Dorene Rountree Chambers; grandchildren, Geoffrey Charles Chambers, Mara Lelia Chambers, Emma Estelle Chambers, Harper Ryan Chambers, Caroline Grace Chambers, and Aidan Thomas Stair, and great-grandson Rowan Bryan Reyes. Additionally, to Michelle, Kaydence and Bella Antonie, he became their adoptive Big Ed, whom they loved dearly.

Throughout his career as an elementary school principal Ed had many adopted students and athletes whom he cared for deeply. He is fondly remembered by many students and teachers sitting on the floor in his office or the hallway reading to them as a father would. He worked hard to reach every child in their realm, offering a kind word of encouragement, a stern look, or a grab you by the collar and throw you out of the gym until you can give it 100%.

Ed spent many years fine-tuning his knowledge, skill, and talent as a basketball referee, which culminated in serving at the Southern Conference tournaments and in the NIT. While he was skilled at his job he is revered for his stewardship of the game and his mentoring of fellow referees. His dedication to "calling it like you see it" is famously recorded at Marshall, when he called a foul with one second to go allowing free throws to defeat the "The Thundering Herd," which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

When not in the schoolhouse or on the court as a coach or referee, Ed found solace and enjoyment fishing the streams of the Appalachian Mountains and the big rivers of Montana. His genius for teaching rolled over into his favorite past time activity, where he mentored many a fisherman throughout his life.

While Ed was a teacher in the schools and in life, to his family he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He kept the family in stitches with his practical jokes and hillbilly humor. He always had a watchful eye to keep his sons on the straight and narrow while letting them spread their wings. To his dear friends and their families, Ed was a listener, counselor, shoulder, mentor, and surrogate father figure. He extended his love of family to all those around him.

He will be remembered by many for setting them straight, lifting them up, holding them accountable, having their back, and extending a little tough love with a lot of sincere care and passion. He truly was a man devoted to relationships and helping all those he touched be one step better.

A special thanks to all those that have supported our family these past few years. And a special call out to Maxine Clement, a longtime family friend, who bandaged Edward up, reminisced with him, baby sat for us, and genuinely did her best to get Ed in line, though we all know he never followed a straight path.

Receiving of Friends Thursday July 22nd 5pm at Mount Carmel Baptist Church followed by a celebration of life ceremony at 6pm.



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Published by Asheville Citizen-Times from Jul. 19 to Jul. 20, 2021.
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In today´s world, everyone is taking selfies and trying to get their `five minutes of attention´. Ed Chambers was always looking for somebody else to help in some way. Whether it was another official, or a student, or someone in the community, he was thinking of ways to help them. I know, because I am one of those helped by Ed Chambers. He is and will be missed.
Alan Smith
Friend
July 23, 2021
Such an honor to have known him. I will always cherish the times we spent fishing in the mountains together. What a great and patient teacher he was. May the memories and the many lives he touched comfort the family at this time.
Ray and Nedda Wallace
Friend
July 22, 2021
I will always remember my days at French Broad elementary school. I love Mr. Chambers although I have to admit there were times I was a little afraid of him. He and Lynn Were amazing influences In the lives of many kids. Rest in peace, Mr. Chambers. Prayers to Brady and the rest of the family.
Tammy Davis
School
July 22, 2021
My sincere condolences, Brady and family for your sudden loss of this great man. Your Mom and Dad are remembered as key figures in my childhood days in going to church at Mount Carmel and seeing your Dad on the court ALL THE TIME! My prayers for your dear memories to help your broken hearts.
Judy Fisher Sylvester
July 21, 2021
Recalling many fun times with Ed as we were Principals together in the Buncombe County School System.A very kind man!
Sandy Hunter
Work
July 20, 2021
Edward was my teacher, coach but most of all friend. He taught me to be strong when I didn't think I could. He made me face the hard time with the good times. He made into a young lady that believed she could do and face anything. For that I Thank him and will never forget him No more pain and suffering. May you rest in peace my friend.
Hilda Ducker Edwards
School
July 20, 2021
Jim & Hilda Edwards
July 20, 2021
Deepest Sympathy, Love, and Prayers to the family of Mr. Chambers from Darlene McPeters. Many fond memories of Mr. Chambers and his connection to Woodfin School
Darlene McPeters
July 20, 2021
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill and Helen Brigman
July 19, 2021
I enjoyed Mr Chambers as a school teacher especially the stories he would tell us sometimes after lunch. They always made us laugh.
Joan Hollar Gosnell
School
July 19, 2021
Met Ed while officiating football and basketball in Western North Carolina and beyond. He mentored me a great deal and we spent many hours on the road. Always great times and fond memories.
Bud Cox
Friend
July 19, 2021
Ed was truly one of a kind and will always be remembered and appreciated by C-USA football officials. He was always sincere and genuine with his advice and friendship. Ed Chambers stories will last long after all our officiating careers. I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity meet and know Ed Chambers. May he finally see a coach throw that "red flag"
Ken Antee
Work
July 19, 2021
Such a memorable mentor. My math teacher in middle school, 7th and 8th grade at Woodfin. Saw him again at Woodfin reunion a few years ago and linked up with him on Facebook. My condolences to the family for I know this feeling. I was with my Dad when he passed, just 2 months after I graduated Woodfin at the age of 14. So long, Mr. Chambers; be at peace.
Harry Leo Reese, Jr.
School
July 19, 2021
Mr Chambers Was a great Math teacher when I was in school was also my basketball coach!! We had Woodfin school reunion few years ago Sn he came was so good to see him after all these years RIP to a great man: God bless the family an all his many friends an Students
Debbie Rathburn Smith
Friend
July 19, 2021
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