Obituary for Doris Modean Chamness
FORT WORTH-Doris Harvison Chamness, 91, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Arlington.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, 6102 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington. Interment: 3 p.m., Acton Cemetery, Acton. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.
Doris was born June 16, 1925, in Jonesboro to William Dolford Harvison and Della Peck Harvison. She was reared in Waco until age 12 and attended Gurley Elementary School. She moved with her parents to Houma, La., in 1937 where she attended junior high and high school. Doris graduated from Terrebonne High School in May 1942.
Doris then moved with her parents to Palo Alto, Calif., in August 1942, where she was employed as a telephone operator. She met Archie Chamness and they were married Dec. 22, 1945. They traveled the country from west to east with Archie’s job, and after living in Kansas City, Mo., for most of 1948, Doris and Archie later settled in Odessa in October 1948. In 1954, the Chamness family moved to Midland and lived there until October 1972, at which time the family moved to Cisco. In August of 1986, Archie and Doris moved to Granbury.
Family was very important to Archie and Doris. They began their family in 1948 and had their tenth child in 1967. As Archie and Doris became Christians in 1949, their family became active in the church everywhere they lived. Archie became a deacon of missions at the Granbury Church of Christ and both became active volunteers in mission work and community projects.
Doris was an active volunteer in county extension work – assisting in teaching seminars in health issues, as well as social service needs from the county courts. She worked with a camp for abused children held by the Granbury church at the camp site in Glen Rose. She also volunteered to work with problem children at the Behavioral Center (one of her most rewarding works).
In 1997, Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years. Doris remained in Granbury for five years after Archie’s death before moving to the Metroplex in January 2002 to be near family members in this area. She became an active member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ on Jan. 6, 2002. She immediately became a volunteer at the “Hearts and Hands” project of the church. She made good friends with many right away and always felt that this was home for her. She never felt like a newcomer “but one of the bunch” as she said.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
Survivors: Children and spouses, Debbie and Wayne Cary, Robin Chamness, Gayle Williams, Janis and Mike Rockwell, Mark and Rhonda Chamness, Mary and Bob Ferguson, Randy and Sammy Jo Chamness, Kelly and Selissa Chamness, Becky and Ernest Thompson, Fran and Randy Forbes; 26 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and two great- great-grandchildren.
Wade Family Funeral Home