|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1909|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 2003|
March 26, 1909 — June 27, 2003
Former Greeley Hill resident Josie Inez Chambless died Friday at a Dinuba care home. She was 94.
She was born in Chalk, Texas, and was the daughter of Oscar and Maude Dunlap. She married William "Bill" Chambless on Dec. 1, 1924, in Guthrie, Texas. In 1940, she moved to California with her husband and children from Arizona and lived in Orosi, Tulare County, for five years. She later moved to Greeley Hill to work with her parents in a family logging business.
During her years in Greeley Hill, she and her husband ran the Tip Top Grocery Store, and were caretakers of a sawmill. She also helped with building their home.
In 1965, she and her husband moved to London, Tulare County. In 2001, she moved to the Dinuba New Covenant Care Home, where she lived until her death.
Nicknamed "Grandma Bump," her family said she was hard-working and independent. She was strong, sweet, loving and forgiving and always looked for the good in people, her family said. Her family added that her motto was "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
She is survived by her daughter, Ruth E. Pruitt of Dinuba; two sisters, Peggy Adams and Florence Gibson, both of Dinuba; three brothers, Willis Dunlap of Wenatchee, Wash., Lee Dunlap of Riverbank, and Tony Dunlap of Crescent City; a daughter-in-law, Geneva Chambless of Dinuba; six granddaughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Robert Wainwright of Chinese Camp, Diane Nelson of Oregon, Rita and Gary Hutchings of Cobb, JoIna and Raymond Rico of Visalia, Terri and Mike Hutchings of Sonora, and LaWana and Lyndon Haston of Squaw Valley; five grandsons and their wives, Roger Stafford of Texas, Dennis and Judi Pruitt of Cottage Grove, Ore., Mike and Sherry Stafford of Parlier, Billy Allen and Karen Chambless of Kingsburg and Larry and Susie Stafford of Visalia; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Jourdan of Tuolumne, and Bobby and Diana Wainwright, both of Copperopolis; 21 other great-grandchildren; 18 great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, son, Billy G., and daughter, Wanda Stafford, along with four brothers, one sister and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held.
Dopkins Funeral Chapel in Dinuba handled arrangements.
Willie Edd Chambless (1900 - 1975)*
Billy Gene Chambless (1928 - 1998)*
Wanda M. Chambless Stafford (1929 - 1999)*
Smith Mountain Cemetery
Plot: Block F, Row F, Grave 46
Maintained by: Matt's Mom
Originally Created by: TEXGAL
Record added: Sep 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42515300
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Granddaughter with twins.
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