Leuty R. Chambliss, age 92 of Bluford, Illinois died at 9:30 P.M.Friday, November 27, 2015 at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. Leuty served our country in the United States Army in World War II in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre. He retired from Illinois Central Railroad where he was employed as a switchman. He also worked as a blacksmith with his father and two brothers. He served on many committees and boards over the years, including: former Webber Township Supervisor, Jefferson County Board, Webber Township Fire Protection District Board, past Bluford Ruritan Club President, Bluford Grade School Board, Jefferson Masonic Lodge #368 at Opdyke where he served as the Masonic Chaplain, and Thresherman of the Year at the Bluford Engine Show. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Bluford where he served as a Sunday School Teacher for many years and loved his church family. He never knew a stranger and always had a story to tell. He enjoyed having coffee with his WWII buddies.
Funeral Service for Leuty R. Chambliss will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Bluford, Illinois, with Reverend Scott Lambrich officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Masonic Rites will be held at 8:00 P.M. the evening of the visitation. Burial at the Harmony Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Harmony Cemetery or Donor's Choice and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences
Survivors include Daughters: Peggy Waller and husband Floyd of Du Quoin, Illinois; Janet Tinsley of Bluford, Illinois; Deborah Sneed and husband Marion of Bluford, Illinois; Grandchildren: Steve Pierce and wife Sheila, Lisa Lowery and husband Kevin, April Waller, Jeff Tinsley and wife Gloria, Gina Tinsley, Jana Raymer and husband Patrick, Justin Sneed and wife Jenny, Jeremy Sneed and special friend Kristin; Step Grandchildren: Angel Cooper and Candace Waller; Great Grandchildren: Kendra and husband Dustin, Cody and wife Shelbi, Eric and wife Megan, Danara, Remington, Jessica, Winchester, Colt, Justis, Jacob, Sam, Madalyn, Cale, Maryn, Kameron, and Jase; Step Great Grandchild: Jessica Cooper; Great-Great Grandchildren: Grayson and Hadlee; Sister-in-Law: Mary Catherine Chambliss of Wayne City, Illinois; Several Nieces and Nephews and many other people he considered family who called him "Grandpa Leuty" also survive
Leuty Chamblis was born on Monday, December 25, 1922 in the Harmony Community of Jefferson County, Illinois to Sam and Bertha (King) Chambliss. He married Loretta Stover on November 14, 1942 in Saint Charles, Missouri. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2006. His parents, brothers: Willis; Leonard; Junior; and Estelle, and sisters: Grace; Reva; Pet; Maxine; and Geraldine also preceded him in death.