Jessie and Katie Chambers (McKinney) expired peacefully in their home surrounded by family, following long illnesses on June 20, and June 22, 2020 respectively. They were married 68 years.
Katie was born August 30, 1933, in Basin, WV. She was the biological daughter of the late Frank McKinney and wife Mavis (Whitt) McKinney Huffman (Deceased) and daughter of Uria Huffman (Deceased). She was one of three. Her parents preceded her in death along with her sister Audrey Goins, her husband, Dorsey and their son Daniel.
Jessie was born March 5, 1935, in Peterstown, WV. He was the son of the late Opie and Willie Mae (Wilson) Chambers (Deceased). He was one of nine. His parents preceded him in death as well as his siblings, Jim, Jay, Jerry, June and Jasper.
Family left to cherish their memories are their children, Julie and Scott McIntyre, granddaughter Brittney McIntyre, daughter Jessica and Scott Kagen. Brother Danny and Carolyn McKinney and family; brother Joe Chambers and sisters Jeanetta and Joyce and respective families, as well as many other nieces and nephews.
Katie attended Woodrow Wilson High School, graduating 1952. She was active in the Glee Club and volunteered for the Red Cross. She met Jessie on his 18th birthday and married him May 9, 1953. They moved to Washington, DC., where Jessie studied Watch Making at The Chamberlain Vocational High School, graduating 1956 as Class President. He was a Navy man, having been stationed at Bainbridge during the Korean War. His career as such was cut short due to his predisposition for a family illness.
They elected to move to Baltimore. Jessie joined the Baltimore City Police Department, he walked the beat in Highland Town followed by his work with the inner-city youth, Southwest Boys Club, the Police Explorers and the Boy Scouts of America. He was Officer Friendly, receiving the Channel 13 Salute for his passion. He retired after 30 years, only to work for the Deputy Sheriff's Department for another 10 years. He also drove privately for Monumental Motor Tours for 20 years part-time. Katie was the ultimate homemaker; however, she had several clerical jobs over the years. She also worked as a Tour Coordinator for Monumental Motor Tours for many years; however, Katie ultimately retired from the Headquarters of the American Legion as an executive assistant.
Jessie and Katie have served on numerous committees and held many positions within the American Legion Post 148, Essex Senior Center, the Hawks Pleasure Club and Back River United Method Church. They have received countless recognition and awards for their involvement and dedication to charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for state and county agencies and organizations. They were truly an inspiration to all.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on July 17, 2020 at The Garrison Forest Veteran Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.candlelightfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by The Candlelight Funeral Home, 1835 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, Maryland 21228.
A Memorial Service will be held at the American Legion Post 148 at a later date.
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