Official Obituary of

Margie "Carol" Chambers

September 27, 1933 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Margie "Carol" Chambers Obituary

Margie Carol Chambers, 90, of Tarboro, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on February 20th, 2024.  She was eager to go home as the Hospice nurse would attest.  When asked how she was feeling about “all this” by the Hospice nurse, Carol told her, “You don’t have to be afraid of dying if you are a Christian”.  Then she sang in a strong voice, “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder.”

Visitation will be at 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at First Baptist Church - Tarboro with service following at 2:00 PM.

Carol was born on September 27th, 1933 to Tommie C. and Annie Bridgers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  She often spoke of her wonderful childhood with her siblings and her best friend, Jackie Parrish.  If you had the blessing of knowing her, you knew she came to Christ at the age of 16 at Calvary Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.  She was then baptized in the Tar River along with her sister, Violet.  She soon moved to Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. After graduation, she landed her first job as an operator for Southern Bell Telephone Co. where she worked for several years.

In 1955, Carol was introduced to Donald Chambers by his sister Gloria and they wed in 1956. They had a loving marriage that lasted 64 years.

Carol and Donald spent the first 14 years of their marriage in military service with the US army, where Donald was enlisted.  They had their first child, Jeanne, in Missouri and their second, Donnie, in Massachusetts.  After Donald retired in 1970, they settled in Florence, South Carolina for nearly 50 years.  They became deeply involved in Community Bible Fellowship where Carol taught Sunday school, was an AWANA leader, enjoyed meeting with other ladies to pray and played on the softball team.  During their time in the military and, later in Florence, she hosted children in her home through Child Evangelism Fellowship.  She loved teaching the Bible to children, singing and serving cookies and Kool-Aid.  Carol also loved to memorize the Bible.  She enrolled herself and her children in a program called Bible Memory Association for many years memorizing 7-12 verses weekly.  She later marked all the ones she memorized in green in her Bible.  She would often quote these even in the years she struggled with her memory.  Proverbs 3:5-6 and John 3:16 were some of her favorites and brought her great comfort and joy in these last few years.  Along with all the above, Carol also owned and operated H&R Block in Darlington, SC for 25 years.  She loved writing taxes and helping people.  Carol often said in the later years that she had lived a good and full life and was very grateful to the Lord for all His blessings. 

Carol had a love of all of God’s creation – she loved birds, the Blue Ridge mountains, roses, camping and preparing home cooked meals for her family.  Carol loved to sing.  If she wasn’t singing a hymn, she was singing and yodeling a cowboy song.  She was an artist who’s few paintings are deeply cherished amongst her family members. She inspired a love of nature, music, art and cooking in her children and grandchildren.  We will miss her greatly.

Carol was predeceased by her brothers Rudolph Bridgers, Tommie S. Bridgers, and sister Annie (Violet) Strickland/Wallace.  She is survived by her sister Joan M. Atkinson (Bud), brother Robert A. Bridgers (Beth), daughter Jeanne Rosal (John) along with their daughter Rebecca (John) and son John Michael (Mackenzie) and their 3 children – Elena, Samuel and Theodore; and by her son Donnie Chambers (Sanni) along with his daughter Grace Chambers.  There are also many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family that have gone on to have many more great nieces and nephews.  They are all precious to Carol.  She often tried to remember all their names as she had such a great love for all her family.

The family would like to sincerely thank Carol’s caregivers over the years:  Elsa Cruz, John Michael Rosal, Mae Simms, Delores Proctor, Jennie Pollard, the staff of The Bridges of Hendricks Creek, Gentiva Hospice and ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital.

Carol loved flowers but she also loved the following ministries. Feel free to make donations to Operation Mobilization, The Friends of Israel, or First Baptist Church of Tarboro, NC.

Burial will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 26, 2024 at Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC.

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February 24, 2024

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church (Tarboro)

Funeral Service
February 24, 2024

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
605 North Main Street
Tarboro, NC 27886

February 26, 2024

2:00 PM
Florence SC National V. A. Cemetery


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