Obituary: Thomas Orman “Tom” Chambers


Thomas Orman “Tom” Chambers, age 79, of Hanceville, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at his residence surrounded by loving family. He was the oldest son of the late William Orman and Eunice Jeanette (Mullins) Chambers born on Nov. 28, 1944. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Mike Chambers and Ricky Chambers.

Tom grew up and lived in Cullman County in the Hanceville area and was a graduate of Hanceville High School. After High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and retired from the Military with 32 years of service. Tom loved his work and worked for several years with A&P Foods.

Tom enjoyed family gatherings and in the summers fired up the grill or smokers and made BBQ for everyone. He liked to have crawfish boils. His BBQ sauce was always canned and put away for these special times. Any of these events ended with his homemade ice cream that he liked to prepare.

Tom spent much time with his grandchildren. He went on many weekend horse riding and band trips with Zachary, supported Alice Grace in her academics and band, and loved riding the side by side and Jeep with Parker Claire watching deer on his trips to East Tennessee. Tom enjoyed riding, breaking, and breeding horses for many years. He enjoyed the National Forests, traveling to East Tennessee mountains, and up until recently, Tom rode horses for therapy.

In past years, he helped work and support the Birmingham homeless mission, went on out of country mission trips, and helped many others as he could. He attended Cornerstone Revival Center. Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra Jeanette (Smith) Chambers, daughter Kristi (Dennis) Beavers, three grandchildren Zachary, Alice Grace, and Parker Claire. One brother Johnny (Karen) Chambers, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation of friends will be Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Cullman Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral service begins at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jeremy Wilbanks officiating. Military graveside honors will follow service at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lawayne Allred, Billy Holoway, Jason Queen, Clifford Smith, Brent Smith, and Brian Holmes.

The family would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who came by and checked on Tom during the past few weeks.

Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is serving the family of Thomas Orman Chambers.