Samuel Harold Chambers Jr. passed away surrounded by his wife and beloved pet “Banksy” on April 17, 2020.

 Sam was born July 6, 1957 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to the late Samuel and Nellie Chambers.

 He received his early education in the Halifax County Public Schools. After graduating from Halifax County High School, he attended North Carolina Central University and majored in Psychology and received a Master of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. Sam served as Assistant City Manager of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Assistant City Manager of Hickory, North Carolina and Assistant City Manager of North Las Vegas, Nevada retiring from North Carolina and Nevada local government in 2018.

 Sam is survived by his wife, Illora Rankin Chambers; sister, Prudence Mavis Chambers of South Boston; mother-in-law, Mary Rankin Derr of Statesville, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Eric Rankin (Mary) of Hickory, North Carolina; niece, Jontae Tyshawn Buxton (Leon) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; nephew, Eric Rankin II of Hickory, North Carolina; godson, Dontre Smith of Alexandria; and three great nephews, Braylon, Peyton and Mason Buxton of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Keith G. Chambers.

Special thanks for his care and treatment extended to Duke Cancer Center, Durham, North Carolina and appreciation to the Liberty Hospice Care of Danville.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Monday, April 20 from noon until 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home in South Boston.

 An intimate service for the family will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Rutledge & Bigham Funeral Home in Statesville, North Carolina with interment to follow in the Logan Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Scotts, North Carolina.

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Local arrangements provided by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.