Evangelist Lucy Rae Chambliss was born on May 3, 1944 in Creswell, NC. She was the fifth of seven children born to the late Herbert Ashe Sr. & Eleanor Ashe-Scarboro. She departed this life on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
After the passing of her father in 1947, Lucy and her family relocated to Turners' Station, Maryland and briefly resided with their aunt Mary. In 1950, Lucy and her family joined the Gospel Tabernacle Church under the leadership of the late Bishop George Levant. Lucy was baptized in the name of Jesus and received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of 11.
Lucy Chambliss was educated in Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public Schools. She was creative and took interest in being a seamstress and cosmetologist. She worked at London Fog and Selvin Shoe Company, sewing many pieces and shoes that were sold across the country. Later, she attended Dudley’s Cosmetology school and for several years had a career as a hairstylist until she retired from working due to health complications.
Lucy was a faithful member at Gospel Tabernacle and it was there that Lucy Ashe met Jacob Chambliss Sr. On January 26, 1963, the two were married and from their union were born three children; Jacob F. Chambliss, Jerry Keith Chambliss Sr., and Melissa L. Chambliss.
As a very young child, Lucy was affectionately nicknamed “Rooster” by her father because she shared the same feisty personality. Lucy had foresight, ambition, and intelligence. She was also kind, loving, nurturing, meticulous and independent. But those who knew her best, also knew that she did not have a problem getting you together! Lucy loved to share stories about her childhood. She would describe how she would spend many of her childhood days in her room designing outfits and practicing to do her own hair. Being tender headed she “wanted momma out of her head”. She often recalled that the neighborhood would think she was mean because she would often appear with her brother Louis to defend their baby sister, Lillian. Momma expected her, as the second oldest girl, to help Bertha, her eldest sister around the house to keep things in order. Lucy shared many stories of her with her siblings and the special bond she shared with each of them. She would fall out laughing every time she recalled how her brother, Louis had a hotdog that fell behind the stove after he had just got finished teasing her. She was also the family babysitter, babysitting many of her nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren.
Lucy Chambliss loved her family, but she loved God more. Lucy was serious about her salvation and living holy. One of her favorite sayings was, “If crossing the street will make me lose my soul to hell, then I will never cross the street”. She didn’t just attend church; she practiced holiness everywhere she went. A few of her favorite scriptures were Psalms 27 and Psalms 8:9.
She served in many positions and ministries in the church. She served as an evangelist, leader of the Pastor’s Wives for the Baltimore diocese of the P.F.J.C, president of the Helping Hands ministry, youth advisor, choir member, usher, missionary board member, treasurer, auxiliary secretary, Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher. Evangelist Chambliss instructed her children in the ways of the Lord, encouraged each one to pursue their dreams, walk up right before God, and be faithful unto death.
Evangelist Lucy Chambliss was preceded in death by her parents, Herbet Ashe and Eleanor Scarboro; stepfather, Buddy Scarboro; siblings, Bertha Walters, Herbert Ashe Jr., James Ashe Sr., Carrie Bell, and Lillian Ashe; in-laws, Margaret Eley (Howard), Howard Shaw, Villard Jean-Joseph. She leaves to cherish her memory, husband of 57 yrs. Jacob Chambliss, children; Jacob F. Chambliss (Denise), Jerry Keith Chambliss (Shalisa), and Melissa L. Chambliss; grandchildren, Gerald, Tamara, Ashley, Jerry Jr., Joshua, La'Teisha, Ariel and Zion, 10 great grandchildren; brother; Louis E. Ashe, Sr. (Carolyn), in-laws; Robert Chambliss (Joyce), Helen Shaw, Francis Jean-Joseph, Emmitt Chambliss, Lillian Dupree (Al) and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends,
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