William G Chumley
January 2, 1926 – May 30, 2018
William G. Chumley, born January 2nd 1926, passed away at Saint Francis Hospice in Titusville on Tuesday 5/30/18, at 92 years of age. His early years were spent in the Tazewell, Tennessee area driving a coal truck at the tender age of about 13 years old to working with the water system his father owned and operated in Tazewell. He helped drill well fields and read meters while growing to a young adult. When WW II began he enlisted on December 30th 1943, at the age of 17, entering active service January 17th 1944, in the Army Air Corp as a fighter pilot in training. He wed Margaret Erligne Payne on November 24th 1944 beginning his new family with a son James A. born 9/6/45. Combat orders eluded him due to VE day and the subsequent transfer of more experienced pilots to the pacific theater of operations. Upon honorable discharge on November 6th 1945, he returned to his new bride and son. After a brief stint working with a couple of employers, he found employment with GMAC and began a career in finance. He broke with GMAC taking a job with Florida National Bank in Key West July 1959 through March of 1962. Beginning employment with Barnett Bank in Cocoa in April of that same year he retired as Vice President in 1988 after 26 years. This canned version above does not mention the so called “bucket list” of activities he enjoyed throughout. He raced dirt track in Tennessee and Kentucky under the pseudonym of “Wild Bill Richards” and raced boats on occasion in the Key West area. This while Cuba was in revolt and the refugees were leaving after Castro took over before the infamous “Cuban Missile Crisis”. The original space race was in progress when he moved into the Cocoa area and he brushed shoulders with the heroes of that period through multiple organizations he participated in. He pursued his love of aviation as a private pilot and spent much time traveling all over. He especially enjoyed helping transport burn victims to the Shrine Hospitals in private airplanes. Reflecting his early race days he invested and worked in a partnership racing an IROC Camaro under Altico Racing participating in the 24 hour of Daytona and Sebring races. Some of his fond memories included driving around the Daytona racetrack with Miss Universe and camping in style in the infield. He was amazed at the coincidences involved in being at many historical locations at pivotal times of great changes.
Our father participated in many social activities including Jaycees, Kiwanis, Loyal Order of Moose, Rotary, Bahia Shrine Temple, Azan Shrine Temple, Azan Aviators/”Flying Fez”, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, American Legion, Royal Order of Jesters (Shrine affiliated), Quiet Birdmen, Brevard Aviation Association, Family Motor Coach Association, Melbourne Shrine Club, and 1st Methodist Church. There may be some omitted and I apologize if I missed a few. He enjoyed numerous activities including flying, bingo, poker, and the events his memberships offered.
Preceded in death by his wife Margaret (Peggy) Payne Chumley of nearly 70 years who died June 25th 2014, he joins her in heaven. Survived by son James A. Chumley (wife Chrys Sawyer), of Leander, TX; son, Joseph E. Chumley (wife Cheryl Sheffield) of Lakeland, FL: son, William P. Chumley (wife Kathy May) of Titusville, FL; daughter, Margaret C. Schneider (husband Bobby Schneider) of Cocoa, FL, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Back with Mom again, his "home sweet home" in Heaven
Donations in memory of Bill may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospitals burn victims (www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org), by mail to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Burn Center, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, or by calling 800-237-5055.
- Margaret (Peggy) Payne Chumley, Wife
- James A Chumley, Son
- Chrys Sawyer Chumley, Daughter-in-law
- Joseph E Chumley, Son
- Cheryl Sheffield Chumley, Daughter-in-law
- William P Chumley, Son
- Kathy May Chumley, Daughter-in-law
- Margaret C Schneider, Daughter
- Bobby Schneider, Son-in-law
- Bill also leaves 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to miss him.
- Shriners' Hospitals for Children
- Visitation Tuesday, June 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, June 5, 2018
- Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
William G Chumley
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June 13, 2018
I am so proud to call you "Cousin". If I could have had the opportunity to submit a written request for a relative, there is no way I could have topped what the Good Lord gave me in YOU. You gave me opportunity, friendship, care and a sense of love that only comes from a kindred relative. Thanks for the memories and I know one day our paths will cross again in God's Heaven. Sadly, we on Earth lost a great man, but Heaven gained a well-deserved angel. You made the most of a life that was given to you from above, and my prayer is that I can make the most of mine as you did for yours... I Love You, Cuz!!!!
June 6, 2018
Some of the best memories of my life are knit together with a whole bunch of Chumley cousins: Bill, Peggy, Jim, Joe, Bill, Margaret...and your families as they came along. My life is so much richer for having all of you in it. You have played a bigger part in my life than any of you can ever know.
Some of my favorite memories of Bill are when he and my dad, Tom, would get together at family reunions and such. As adults they didn't get to spend a whole lot of time together, but they had a special bond, enjoyed each other's company tremendously and never lacked for things to talk about. Listening to their conversations was always interesting, a learning experience, and often included more than a little family history.
But it was a special treat when they would revive tales from their youthful adventures (or sometimes misadventures) together. Whether it was getting in trouble for riding the cows, or fixing a broken down car with the materials at hand (these seemed to always be accomplished with little more than a screwdriver, pliers, and some baling wire!), humor was always a big part of those stories. And you knew it was all true because the details didn't change no matter how many times the story was re-told. I never tired of hearing those stories. And I do miss them so!
Margaret, Bill, Joe, Jim--and your families: you are in my thoughts and prayers as we mark the passing of one of the pillars of the family. Bill will be forever missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.
June 4, 2018
I would set with Mr Bill and he would tell me about his airplanes and the thing's he had done . I told him he was a Angle to be able to all that he had to help people . So when he had his heart trouble and was put in the hosp- I went to see him a few times and i took him a card and little Bear which he told me he named after me which i thought was funny cause it was a male bear lol . But when he told me the store about the bear it made my heart melt with more love for him . He told me that he would use the bear by putting it under his neck and head at night he said it helped him to sleep better and in the morning he said he had a little chair he would put it in and he would tell it to stay there and be good till he came back home . It made me feel so good that a small thing i did out of the love in my heart meant so much to him . he will always be apart of all of our life's you couldn't meet any one who was as caring and kind as Mr Bill . I will keep you in my heart and always thinking of you as the great man you was .Love and Miss You My Friend Always Linda Greenhaw .
June 1, 2018
I always enjoyed when he started sharing about living in Tazewell and the surrounding area. May God just wrap his loving arms around you all and comfort you as only He can.