Brig. Gen. Lomer R. Chambers (Ret.), 81, went to be with his heavenly father on April 28, 2014. He was the oldest of ten children, born in Mena on Aug. 6, 1932. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents Homer R. Chambers, Catherine (Williams) Chambers and Lorene (Ellison) Chambers. His grandparents Samuel E. Chambers, Catherine (Manasco) Chambers and Gene and Buela Williams, two brothers Clarence “Butch” Chambers and Dale Edward Chambers, one sister Ima Jean Chambers, his first wife Lillie (Berry) Chambers, and his father-in-law and loyal friend Samuel E. Cates.
Gen. Chambers served his country and the state of Arkansas for over 42 years. During this time he rose through the ranks from Private to Brigadier General. He was a Korean War combat veteran and received numerous medals and awards including The Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Arkansas Distinguished Service Medal, Korean Presidential Medal and The Korean Service Medal with Four Battle Campaign Stars.
He served with many great leaders and considered some of them as heroes during his Military career. His real hero, however, was his dad. He often commented that the most gratifying part of his life was knowing that no matter how bad he messed up, his dad would be right there beside him.
He felt blessed that God had placed him in a career where he could provide for his family and at the same time he could serve his country and state.
Gen. Chambers life was devoted to his faith, his family, and his country. He was especially loyal to his family and friends with a special place in his heart for the enlisted members of his commands.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Regina (Cates) Chambers, three sons Mike (Debbie) Chambers of Jacksonville, Chad Chambers of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Shane Chambers of Austin, Texas, one daughter Valerie Chambers of Saratoga Springs Utah, two grandchildren Jason (Laura) Chambers of Fort Smith and Rachel Chambers of North Little Rock, two great-grandchildren Austin and Madison Chambers. Five brothers John (Rosemary), Homer (Sharon), Tim (Laurie), Chuck (Cindy), and Steve (Lee) all of whom reside in Phoenix. Two sisters Pat (Mike) McWha of Hot Springs and Kay Reed of Phoenix. His dearly loved in-laws Opal Cates, Jennifer Miller, Wayne Cates, Sammy (Diana) Cates.
The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to DaVita Springhill, North Little Rock Baptist Health Medical Center and Baptist Health Hospice for their tender and loving care that was extended to Lomer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, May 1 at First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge. Burial with full Military honors will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock.
Online obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.