Chambers Family Heritage

Callen LeRay GILBERT

Nancy Ruth GROVES [Parents]

They had the following children:

  M i Travis GILBERT was born 1 on 14 May 1978 in Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma. He died 2 on 14 May 1978 in Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma.

Travis Gilbert was the twin brother of Tyrel Gilbert, both of whom died at birth.
  M ii Tyrel GILBERT was born 1 on 14 May 1978 in Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma. He died 2 on 14 May 1978 in Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma.

Tyrel Gilbert was the twin brother of Travis Gilbert, both of whom died at birth.
  M iii Christopher Lee GILBERT

Kenneth Ray LITTLE was born 1 on 23 Dec 1930. He died 2 on 17 Oct 1978. He married 3 Patsy Ann GROVES on 5 Jun 1951.

Patsy Ann GROVES [Parents] was born 1 on 22 Aug 1931 in Lovington, New Mexico. She died 2 on 7 Apr 1977 in Lubbock, Tx. She married 3 Kenneth Ray LITTLE on 5 Jun 1951.

They had the following children:

  M i Kenneth Ray LITTLE Jr. was born 1 on 5 Apr 1952 in San Diego, California. He died 2 on 8 Nov 1999 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
  F ii Jeannene LITTLE
  M iii Michael Lee LITTLE
  M iv Alan Dale LITTLE

Sammie Glen HOLMES

Jeannene LITTLE [Parents]

They had the following children:

  M i Justin Shawn HOLMES
  F ii Allison Nicole HOLMES

Justin Shawn HOLMES [Parents]


They had the following children:

  F i Madelyn Estelle HOLMES


Allison Nicole HOLMES [Parents]

They had the following children:

  M i Hunter Kole GRAHAM
  F ii Katelyn Nicole GRAHAM
  M iii Colton Jace GRAHAM

Michael Lee LITTLE [Parents]

Alana CARSON died . She married 1 Michael Lee LITTLE.

Alan Dale LITTLE [Parents]


Jasper Alexander CHAMBERS [Parents] [scrapbook] "Jap" was born on 5 Dec 1908 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. He died on 2 Apr 1992 in Zillah, Yakima County, Washington. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was buried in Zillah City Cemetery, Zillah, Yakima County, Washington. He married Gladys HUDGENS on 1 Aug 1931 in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico.

Jasper Alexander Chambers' December 21, 1978, handwritten story of his life, transcribed by his daughter, Kaye Dawson:
I was born on December 5th, 1908 in Bryson, Texas, Jack County, Dr. Edward Hughes attendant, in a small two room house not far from Bryson. My father was Colin Cole Chambers, my mother Bessie Lee (York) Chambers. Dad was born and grew up on the Chambers ranch south of Bryson. Mom was born at Mount Ida, Arkansas and moved to the Bryson area when she was five years old. They married December 24th, 1907. The first year they were married, their grocery and dry goods bill was $19.50.
I grew upon the ranch where Dad grew cotton, corn, wheat, oats and raised horses, mules and cattle, also enough hogs for our own use. I grew up on the back of a horse and have always enjoyed riding. When I was ten years old, I started breaking horses to ride. Dad would saddle the horse and snub it to the saddle horn of his horse. I would get on and Dad would lead me and my horse out in the center of a big open pasture then take the rope off and I was on my own.
We did all the farming with mules. Before I got big enough to harness the mules, Dad would harness them and hook them to the plow and I would plow until time to quit, then he would come back and get the team. Always had chores to do night and morning; feed the pigs, milk cows and teams. All the family worked in the fields chopping weeds out of the cotton and corn. Always had a big garden and raised most of our food. But it wasn’t all work, had plenty of time to go fishing and swimming in the summer. In the fall there were pecans, plums, grapes and persimmons on the creeks.
I had a good hound dog and would hunt squirrels. Then in the winter would hunt and trap opossum, skunk, and coon. Would ship the hides and get a little money. The first job I had away from home was plowing for a man, and worked ten hours a day, and was paid 50 cents per day. Never had any money as a kid, but didn’t need it. There was nothing to spend it on.
Bought my first pair of western boots when I was twelve. Paid for them $1.00 per week that I made as janitor at the church. Just about everyone went to church. We had Sunday school at 10:00 am, then the Sermon at 11:00, then a Sermon again at 8:00 in the evening. Then Prayer Meeting Wednesday evenings.
Had lots of Aunts and Uncles and Cousins to visit with. Dad’s parents died when I was young, so don’t remember much about them. Mom’s Dad died also when I was young, but Grandma York lived for a long time.
In 1925 November, we moved from Bryson to Lovington, NM. Was hard to like the plains after the rolling hills and trees of Texas. For a few years Dad ran a sheep ranch for a widow. Then bought his own place two miles from west of Lovington on the Lovington-Artesia highway.
Had no trouble with the change of schools. In a few days knew most everyone. Played basket ball, football, and tennis. Won District 1st place in tennis singles and 2nd in doubles. Played every second of every game in football for two years and we only lost one game. It was the first game we played, it was the first game I had ever seen.
Should have finished High School in 1928, but got involved in building an addition on the gymn and had to go for half a year in 1929.During the summer while in high school worked on ranches branding, building fences, moving cattle or anything that needed doing. Got $1 per day, worked for a month with a survey crew surveying for the railroad from Monahana, TX to Lovington, NM.
Soon after high school, went to work in a general store. We opened at 6:00 a.m. and closed at 6:00 p.m. except on Saturday weekend at 9:00 p.m. Was paid $60 per month. After a year I was manager of the grocery and feed part and the pay was $80 month.
On August 1st, 1931 married Gladys Hudgens. Had a nice home ceremony at Dad and Mom’s home. Then the 1st of February, 1932 I lost my job with the store. Was the beginning of the depression. They sold the store. There weren’t any jobs to be had. The first of April went to Uncle Leonard’s ranch and worked for a month during lambing. Didn’t work any more until the 1st of December, drove 500 lambs to Elida, NM. Got home December 24th, had $35, played pinochle the rest of the winter. Then April 1st of 1933, went to Uncle Vestor’s ranch for lambing, made another $30. Just me and eleven Mexicans. Then in the summer of 1933, went to work for Eidson on a ranch west of Lovington during roundup. Mom was cooking for the hands. I worked as cowboy, windmill mechanic and many other things. We started our day at 4:00 a.m. and finished from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. We were paid $1 per day for the two of us. We were at Eidson's for a few months, then went to the Record ranch at Monument. Were paid $40 per month. Were there only about two months, then moved to Wicket, Texas and worked in an oil refinery firing boilers. Was paid $4.00 per day when we worked, but would work one to two days a week then would be off about the same length of time. Worked there until the spring of 1934 when we went to work again for Eidson on a ranch at Mentone, TX. There were 70 sections in the ranch and the Pecos River was the west boundary. Was ten miles to the river from the house. Our closest neighbor was 15 miles, got our mail and groceries at Mentone another 15 miles. Were there until the summer of 1937 when they sold the ranch. Then worked for Mrs. Kyle for a short time. Then in a grocery store in Mentone a short time. Then went to Hobbs, NM and worked in a truck shop for a month. Then went back to Lovington and took over the dairy on Dad’s place. Milked by hand until World War II. The service took all the help so had to get milkers. Ran the dairy until 1947. While on the dairy, bought 320 acres of pasture and had a few Hereford cows on it. But no house. Sold the land and cows in 1948, then started looking for a place to buy. Wound up in Goldendale, WA in August 1948. Found and place and bought it. Had to build a house and barns. Then found I couldn’t make a living on the place. So went to work as a plumber in Goldendale for Fred Stone. Worked 8 hours a day in town and about that many on the farm. Made long days. Sold the Goldendale farm in 1970 and bought 50 acres near Granger, WA. Always wanted a real cow ranch, but guess it doesn’t really matter.
I owe all I have to a good wife and a good family.


Daddy's Death:
DOB: December 5, 1908
DOD: April 4th, 1992
Services April 8, 1992, Zillah City Cemetery
Officiating Pastor: Joanne Kilian, Liberty United Methodist Church, Granger, Washington
It was a typical sunny Zillah afternoon following a visit with family over Sunday lunch. The ladies went to Yakima to shop for the afternoon, and the fellows stayed home. Daddy was on his tractor plowing his garden. He suddenly slumped over the wheel with the tractor still moving. It happened while Bill Bergsma and a very good friend of Daddy's were standing by visiting. Bill had to run to the tractor and get it stopped before Daddy crashed into his garden shop. Despite Bill's desperate attempts to revive Daddy while waiting for the ambulance, he passed on en-route to the hospital in Yakima. (This took place in Zillah where Daddy and Mother had just over an acre.) He raised grapes to make home-made wine (some of the best!) and had a large garden. He loved roses and they were always so fragrant and blessed him with many blooms.) His yard relected his love of growing and nuturing everything his hands touched. That same love nutured his family all of his life.

Submitted by Kaye Chambers Dawson, daughter.

Gladys HUDGENS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 18 Jan 1916. She died 2 on 1 Aug 1998 in Mount Adams Care Center, Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington. The cause of death was Alzheimer's disease. She was buried in Zillah City Cemetery, Zillah, Yakima County, Washington. She married Jasper Alexander CHAMBERS on 1 Aug 1931 in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico.

Write up that Bessie Lou Chambers Bergsma (and husband Bill) did for the fiftieth anniversary of her parents, Jasper Alexander and Gladys (Hudgens) Chambers:

She gave herself her own middle name - Gram Hudgens [Elizabeth Lulu Hudgens] couldn't think of one, and they let it go until Mother could pick one out herself.

Gladys Erlene Hudgens was what she came up with. She was born on January 18, 1916 in Chillicothe, Texas, on a farm near that town. Her parents were Dennis Alvin and Elizabeth Lulu Hudgens. Her Father raised cotton on his father's farm when she was a small child. When she was about seven, they moved to California for a couple of years, then to New Mexico where her dad had one of the first irrigation wells and raised crops (peaches, sweet potatoes, etc.). She had an older brother, Comer, and three older sisters Erma, Ruth and Clytie. She attended school in Lovington where she became acquainted with the Chambers family.

Daddy (Jasper Alexander Chambers) was born in the small town of Bryson, Texas about 75 miles west of Forth Worth. He arrived at the home of Bessie and Collin Cole "Babe" Chambers on December 5, 1908. They lived on a small farm with the usual menagerie of chickens, pigs, cows, mules and horses. He spent a lot of his time hunting possum and squirrel on the creek bottoms with his favorite hound. He was near grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He had two younger sisters and two brothers. The family moved to Lovington, New Mexico when he was seventeen, where they lived on (of all things!) a sheep ranch.

Jasper and Gladys were married on August 1, 1931. They lived and worked on several different cattle ranches after they were married. They lived in Lovington for a time, and ran the Chambers dairy during the war years.

Jasper's sister and family came to Pasco, Washington, in 1945. Later they lived in Goldendale, Washington, where her parents came to visit. They were very impressed with the beauty and prosperity of Washington State and came home to tell the family all about it.

Jasper and Gladys sold their farm in New Mexico and decided to look Colorado over and maybe go there to live. After looking at a few places they made the decision to come on to Washington to visit his sister and family.

It came time to put their children in school so they bought a place seven miles north east of Goldendale. There they lived for 23 years and raised and educated four children. They wanted a smaller place to run cattle where Daddy could irrigate pasture, and the Yakima valley looked good. They moved to Granger whre they lived for eleven years. They raised pure bred Hereford cattle and alfalfa until Jasper's health forced them to sell the cattle and farm land. They made their home west of Zillah where they could still enjoy their many friends and the church in Granger.

(Contributed by Kaye Chambers Dawson, daughter, Oysterville, Washington).

Jasper Alexander Chambers died at the seat of his tractor out working in the fields of his now much smaller farm in Granger, Yakima County, Washington.

They had the following children:

  F i Bessie Lou CHAMBERS
  F ii Betty Kaye CHAMBERS
  F iii Daughter CHAMBERS was born in Aug 1942. She died in Aug 1942 in New Mexico. She was buried in New Mexico.
  M iv Jasper Newton CHAMBERS
  M v Dennis Edward CHAMBERS

John Thomas PARKER [scrapbook] was born 1 on 23 Mar 1920. He died 2 on 24 Feb 2005 in Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was buried in Carlsbad, New Mexico with military honors. He married Christine CHAMBERS on 2 Sep 1986 in Picacacho, New Mexico, at a garden ceremony at Casa Linda, Gail (Campbell) Hopkins' home.

John Parker went by a shortened form of his middle name, Tom.

Tom Parker related a brief story of his military service during World War II while serving in Europe for the Army Air Corp. He was flying a mission in a B-17 bomber and ran out of fuel on the trip back to base. He feathered the props and managed to land the huge plane without damage or injury to the crew on to the top of a dike in Holland. He said his crew was destroying critical records on the way down so they wouldn't fall into enemy hands, but the technology inside the plane was another matter. They made it as inoperable as they could, but he was afraid it would still be useful to the Germans. Upon landing, the plane was immediately surrounded and the entire crew was captured. They were placed in a POW camp, and according to Tom, were well treated.

He was accorded full military honors at his funeral, including a 21 gun salute, and Christine (Campbell) Parker, his wife, was presented with the flag which draped his coffin.

His obituary appeared in the Lovington Leader newspaper, Lovington, New Mexico, on 25 February 2005 as follows:

Title: John Tom Parker

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Lovington. Burial will be at Carlsbad Cemetery. he passed away February 24 at Lea Regional Hospital in Hobbs. Pallbearers are listed as Claybe Pearson, Tommy Pearson, J. T. Hudson, Lynn Sims, Dan Lavelett and Jimmie L. Rice. Honorary pallbearers include Giles Lee, Mike Welch, Joe Welch, J. D. Doran, Berry Lee Hobbs and Clinton J. Parr.

He was born March 23, 1920, at Carlsbad. He was married to Christine Campbell at Picacho on September 2, 1986. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife of Lovington; a daughter, Barbara Parker of Casa Grande, Arizona; two stepdaughters, Gail Hopkins of Lubbock, Texas, and Betty Clare Lavalett of Hobbs; a stepson, Richard Campbell of Payson, Arizona; grandchildren, Ann Gillium of Ruidoso; Trudi Davis of Kenna; Debi Allison of Glencoe; Shelly Rice of Lovington; Glynis Gragg of Phoenix, Arizona; Clay Campbell of Mesa, Arizona; Joe Clare Pipal of Texas; Patricia June Youngblood of Hobbs and Sharon Keith of Mesa, Arizona; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Christine CHAMBERS [Parents] [scrapbook] "Tine" was born 1 on 5 Mar 1915 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. She died 2, 3 on 14 Jan 2007 in Lea Regional Hospital, Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. The cause of death was complications due to stroke. She was buried 4 on 27 Jan 2007 in Lovington Cemetery, Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico. She married John Thomas PARKER on 2 Sep 1986 in Picacacho, New Mexico, at a garden ceremony at Casa Linda, Gail (Campbell) Hopkins' home.

Other marriages:
CAMPBELL, Richard Clayton

Christine Chambers was known as Aunt Tine to her nieces and nephews and as Mamaw to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was graduated from Lovington High School in 1933. She lived and worked in Eddy County, New Mexico, for many years, retiring from the Eddy County Clerk's Office in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Upon her retirement, she moved back to Lovington, New Mexico, in the 1970's.

For her 90th birthday celebration, the following article appeared in the Lovington Leader newspaper, Volume 96, No. 45, page 3:

A 90th birthday celebration for Christine Parker will be held at the Lovington Country Club, Saturday March 5, 2005, between the hours for (sic) two o'clock and four o'clock in the afternoon. The family of the honoree invites all family members and friends to attend and celebrate with them.

She died in 2007 having lost her husband, Tom Parker, her only daughter, Gail Hopkins, and her niece, Bonnie Flo Murph, within a single year.

Her funeral had originally been scheduled to be held on January 23, 2007, but a huge snowstorm hit Lovington, New Mexico the weekend before and pretty much stopped travel into or out of the area. Her funeral was moved to January 27, 2007, at 2 in the afternoon at the First United Methodist Church. It turned out to be a very dark, blustery day where the thermometer didn't get above 35 degrees. Visitation had been held the previous day at Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Officiating was the Reverend Vergil Ichtertz. The service started with the song "Red River Valley" and ended with "The Tennessee Waltz". Her son, Richard Campbell, read a poem by Michael Josephson entitled "What Will Matter". Eight men dressed in formal cowboy clothes and ten-gallon hats acted as her pallbearers, and carried her coffin in the freezing wind. It was truly a cowboy funeral.

It was poignant that the newspaper, The Lovington Leader, in which her obituary appeared on Thursday, January 25, 2007, had as its thought for the day a quote from Benjamin Franklin: "A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough." Her life was both good and long.

Text of the Obituary:


Funeral services for Christime Campbell Parker, 91, of Hobbs, and formerly of Lovington, will be held Saturday, January 27, 2007, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lovington. Rev. Vergil Ichtertz will officiate, Burial [sic] will be at Lovington Cemetery. Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home is directing arrangements. Visitation is scheduled from 1 intil [sic] 5 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday.
Born March 5, 1915, at Jacksboro, Texas, she passed away January 14 at the Lea Regional Hospital. She was married to the late Richard Clayton Campbell and the late Tom Parker.
She was graduated from Lovington High School in 1933. She lived and worked in the Eddy County clerk's office in Carlsbad. Upon her retirement, she moved back to Lovington in the 1970's.
Survivors include a son, Richard Collin Campbell and his wife Sharon, of Payson, Arizona; a brother and his wife, Kenneth and Gerry Chambers of Lovington; three grandchildren, Shelly Marsh Rice and her husband, Jimmie, of Lovington; Glynis Gragg and Clay Campbell; and great-grandchildren, Kyla Rice, Danniele and Chelsea Peters and Zack and Nathan Campbell.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, Collin Cole and Bessie Lee Chambers; her husbands, Richard Clayton Campbell and Tom Parker; a daughter, Gail Campbell Hopkins; a sister, Lessie Chambers Stone; and two brothers, Collin Chambers and Jasper Chambers.
Memorials may be made to New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, Box 9, Belen, NM 87002-9001 or to Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 5317 Lovington Highway, Hobbs, NM 88240.

(The obituary included a professional head-shot portrait done in February, 2005, by her granddaughter, Shelley Marsh Rice, in honor of Christine's 90th birthday.)

Kenneth Ray MARSH

Gail CAMPBELL [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 10 Dec 1938 in Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico. She died 2, 3 on 11 Aug 2006 in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico at a rest home. The cause of death was brain cancer. She married Kenneth Ray MARSH in Jun in Albuquerqe, New Mexico, at the Chi Omega House.. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
HOPKINS, Walter Jones M.D.

Gail Campbell sometimes called herself Gail Marie Campbell, but it was not her given middle name. Her remains were cremated.

Obituary published in the Lovington Leader newspaper (Lovington, New Mexico), Volume 96, Number 96, Tuesday 15 August 2006:

Title: Gail Hopkins

A memorial service for Gail Hopkins, 67, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 17, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Vergil Ichtertz will officiate. Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home will direct arrangements.

Born December 10, 1938, at Carlsbad, she passed away Friday, August 11, at Good Samaritan. Burial will be at a later date.

She was graduated from Carlsbad high School in 1956 and attended UNM where she received her BA degree; then ENMU where she received her MA. She held an associate degree in science, nursing, from ENMU, Roswell campus, and her nurse practitioner and P. A. from the University of North Dakota. She was married to Dr. Walter Hopkins on June 7, 1969, in Carlsbad.

She was the first coach of the rodeo team at New Mexico Junior College. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority; American Association of PA in Occupational Medicine; New Mexico and Texas Association of PA, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Association of University Professors.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star, Lovington Chapter #35, and Nor-Lea Ladies Auxiliary at Nor-Lea Hospital. She was fluent in Spanish and enjoyed oil painting, handcrafts, classical literature and music.

Survivors include: her husband, Dr. Walter Hopkins; her mother, Christine Parker; her daughter Shelley Marsh Rice and her husband, Jimmie, and her granddaughter, Kyla Gail Rice, all of Lovington; her brother, Richard "Dickie" Campbell and his wife, Sharon, of Peyson, AZ; two stepdaughters, Ann and her husband, Bob Puma of Roswell, and Gail and her husband, Bob Shadix of Arlington, Texas; two stepsons, Michael Hopkins of Guatemala; and Dr. Mark Hopkins and his wife, Sharon, of Carlsbad; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard C. Campbell.

They had the following children:

  F i Michelle Lyn MARSH

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