Community members mourn the loss of Donnie Chambers

Posted 12/28/22

Members of Maries County are mourning the loss of a firefighter, law enforcement officer, volunteer and father. 

Donnie Chambers passed away Thursday morning after a brief battle with cancer. …

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Community members mourn the loss of Donnie Chambers

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Members of Maries County are mourning the loss of a firefighter, law enforcement officer, volunteer and father. 

Donnie Chambers passed away Thursday morning after a brief battle with cancer.  

Chambers had been a Vichy volunteer firefighter for over 35 years and spent over 30 years as a Maries County Sheriff’s deputy. He was currently serving as a Phelps County Sheriff’s deputy.  

“Donnie completed almost 35 years of service with the volunteer fire department, assuming he started when he was 18,” said Bonnie Prigge. “But he was there at the firehouse years before that. His dad was one of the original volunteer firemen when the department was formed. Donnie was small and he was there for events. Donnie grew up with the fire department. He’s certainly an integral part of our department both from the firefighting perspective, from the organization to the fundraising.”

Donations to the Chamber family can be made through a Go Fund Me page or the Donnie Chambers Assistance Fund at any Maries County Bank.

Facebook was filled with posts of memories and condolences to the family:

Maries County Sheriff’s Office said, “Donnie also served more than 30 years in law enforcement — serving most of his career here at the Maries County Sheriff’s Office. He worked as a dispatcher, deputy, transport officer, and bailiff. He also served the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office for the past few years as a court bailiff. Please join our entire Sheriff’s Office in prayers and support for his family and friends.”

Phelps County Sheriff Michael P. Kirn said, “Donnie was a hard-working, thoughtful, and just person who lived to serve the people of both Phelps and Maries counties.  Donnie was not only a deputy but also a firefighter for many years. This servant of the people will be greatly missed!  

“I extend my deepest sympathy and unwavering support to the Chambers family. I am wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.”

Cindy Barbarick said, “Donnie was a great guy. Always willing to help. Many good times were shared with him at the Belle Fair. Gone way too soon. Rest in peace, Donnie.”

Vickie Jones said, “I am so sorry to hear that. I have known Donnie and his family since he was a small child. Prayers for his family.”

Greg Long said, “Donnie is a great guy and lifelong friend. He will be missed by many. Rest easy brother, we’ve got it from here.”

Mary Jean Woody Breeden said, “Loved court days when Donnie would come to visit in the Associate Circuit Court Office with me and Debbie. Always had a smile for us. Donnie also DJ’d my daughter’s wedding reception. He made it a family night. So much fun watching his girls dance on the stage next to his DJ booth. He loved his girls! Donnie, you will be missed. Fly high, my friend.”

Nick Lovell said, “I had the opportunity and privilege to work with this man right after I finished school. I’m very thankful to have known this man and I’m very saddened by his passing. Donnie was such a great human to be around. He was always a source of light in a very dark world. Thinking of him and his family.”

Brad Highman said, “A true fixture at MCSO that made me feel so welcome there. Always a story, a laugh, or advice to share. RIP, sir.”

Jacob Burke said, “He was the best man and a dear friend. He will be truly missed by all. I hold a special spot in my heart for this man. My deepest sympathies to family and friends. Love you, Donnie”

Lisa Gould said, “I’ve known Donnie most of my life. RIP. Praying for comfort for Ramona and his family.”

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