Thomas Franklin Chamblee, 79, of Bloomfield, N.M., entered this life on Feb. 14, 1931, and entered the arms of his heavenly Father on Aug. 15, 2010. He was our precious and loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, mentor and hero. Tom was born in Cortez, Colo., to Gertrude and John Chamblee.
He never met a person that wasn’t his friend. He was a very religious and faithful man who loved God and his church family. His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We know Tom is rejoicing, praising, and celebrating his eternal haven.
Everyone who knew him has an inspirational and touching memory or story. Tom was an Army veteran who proudly served and loved his country.
He enjoyed spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
He loved working in his yard, feeding his ducks and chickens, inventing things in his shop, creating works of art with his hands and wood, rebuilding his church, and reading his Bible and maintaining his relationship with God.
He was a man who was always on the go and would never let anything keep him down. For anyone who would listen he had a story to tell over and over. They were always about “it was this wide… this long… and this tall.” He also always had a prayer to encourage, inspire, and just let us know that we were loved. When Tom prayed with you, the presence of God was always there!
Even though we can no longer see you, we will always have you in our hearts and memories. And we will always hear your stories and prayers for, as you always say, “God will never give you anything you can’t handle.” We will always keep your memory and love strong because there will never be a more amazing, loving grandpa than you! Thank you for everything you have shown us, taught us, and given us. We know you will continue to guide us and hug us in our hearts. We love you, God Bless!
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude; his siblings, Eugene, Walter, and Robert; and his precious daughter, Angela Joy.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Anne Chamblee; his loving children, Cornelia Willett (Delman), Debra Heath (Pete), Shelly Thompson (Danny), Wally Chamblee (Sheryl), Linda Chamblee, Beverly Christian, Terry Christian (Jeanette) and Kyle Christian (Jennifer); and his blessed grandchildren, August (Charlie), J.J. (Danny), Sheri (Tony), Delman II, Shaina (Kory), William, Sharisa (Drew), Kory, Trevor (Lexy), Ashley, Whitney, Brandon, Brett (Evelyn), Ashley, Russell, Allison, Tyler and Landon. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, D’Kota, Audri, Jade, Jeannelle, Daysha, Kamiryn, Brayden, Jesse, Shasta, Wyatt, Jaylee, and Zane; his brother, Chuck (Nina); and his sisters, Mary Ellen (Bill) and Wanda (Steve). He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, and anyone whose lives he has touched with love.
Visitation was held on Aug. 19, at Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, N.M.
A celebration of Tom’s life was held Friday, Aug. 20, at Crossroads Community Church, 2600 N. Sullivan Ave. in Farmington.
Full military honors were provided by VFW Post No. 2182 of Farmington.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Trevor, William, Drew, Kory, Brandon, Brett, Russell and Tyler.
Honorary pallbearers were Kory Willett, Danny Thompson, Pete Heath, Terry and Kyle Christian, Landon Budoff and Frank Santero.
Those who wish to send condolences to the family may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.
Arrangements for Tom were in entrusted to Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 505-325-8688.