John Roquemore Chambless

August 3, 1933May 16, 2013

Chambless, Mr. John Roquemore (Rock), age 79, a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama passed away on May 16, 2013. He was the son of Sophie Lou (Hall) and Jack Lloyd Chambless. Rock grew up in Montgomery and after graduating from Sidney Lanier High School, he was both accepted to Auburn University and drafted to play baseball for the Saint Louis Cardinals. Ultimately, he chose Architecture over baseball, earning his degree in 1955. Upon graduating from Auburn, he entered the Army, serving as an instructor for the Corps of Engineers at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

After his military service, he returned to Montgomery to begin his career in architecture. His successful career spanned over 55 years, much of which he spent working with his son, John Chambless, Jr. of Chambless King Architects. Notable projects of Rock’s include the additions to the Bryant Denny Stadium, numerous projects within the State Capitol Complex, the Eisenhower lake house, the family home of Lionel and Deborah Richie and most recently, the new Alabama State University Stadium. Rock earned multiple design awards such as the 1967 Design Award for the Green Lantern Bank and an International Energy Conservation Award. In 1951, in what Rock would later describe as “the most important event in his life,” he met his wife, Nancy Montgomery Chambless from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They married in June of 1954, two years prior to his graduating college. Rock dedicated his life to the Presbyterian Church, becoming a commissioned Lay Pastor from Columbia Theological Seminary. In addition to Rock’s varied talents, throughout his life he was an avid fisherman, a licensed pilot, a fencing instructor, and a tennis player for the Army. He is preceded in death by his three brothers Jack Lloyd, Jean “Chuck” Alexander and Dr. William H. Chambless and grandson John Michael Chambless. He is survived by his children John (Sharon), Mark (Elicia), Laura Taylor (Patrick), and Frank (Laurie). Rock is survived by grandchildren Laura Kathryn, Jordan and Maisey Chambless; Sarah (Dave) Davenport, Garrett and Blake Chambless; Taylor and Tanner Talley; Beverly (Don) Doyle, John and David Harrison, Catie (Adam) Carter; Lee Anne (George) Singer, Brooke (Reid) Kirkpatrick and Skye (Liam) de los Reyes. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Jackie Speigner Chambless, Carol (Tom) Wert, brother-in-law Jim (Carol) Montgomery and Karen Chambless Phillips as well as four great grand-children. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Alabama Heritage. The Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 10:00 am, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 8790 Vaughn Road, followed by a graveside service at 11:45 am, at Oakwood Cemetery, 829 Columbus Street. The family would like to specifically thank Dr. Greg Sullivan for his lifetime of friendship and medical attention. Also, the family wishes to thank Dr. Rick Love for his support and guidance during Rock’s illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made ‘In Memory of Rock Chambless’ to the Presbyterian USA Youth Program, Presbytery of Sheppards & Lapsley, 3603 Lorna Ridge Drive, Birmingham, AL 35216. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Graveside Inurnment Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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June 1, 2014

I'm stunned and submitted an entry for my husband and me--an entry with a typo. It said we never knew a kinder man. I would add that Rock is one of a kind, and God must be enjoying him.

Pat Gardner Roper

Harriette Huggins

May 25, 2013

The Chambless Family was always very special to the Huggins when we were members of Westminster. We share your loss. May the peace that passes understanding be with all of you now and always. Sincerely, Harriette Huggins and Family

Lane Sauser

May 24, 2013

It was a very special time for me to serve on the session at Immanuel with Rock. We spent a lot of time together working on the finances of the church. He taught me a lot about faith. He was a great leader and friend.

May 23, 2013

L.K. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.We love you.Bill,Candis,Alex and Austin

Lucy Marshall

May 22, 2013

Rock has been a very special person to me for many years now. To Nancy and all the children I wish to send my deepest sympathy along with my love!

Arthur Green

May 22, 2013

Rock, you were the greatest neighbor ever. Love and prayer to Nancy and the family. Arthur & Yvonne.

Rhea Kirk

May 22, 2013

John and Sharon & Girls, Tommy and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, John. We send our prayers for comfort and peace. He was a wonderful role model and such a great man. We know how much he will be missed. In Sympathy, Tommy and Rhea Kirk

Jonathan Yarboro

May 22, 2013

Dearest Chambless family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you today especially. I am unable to attend the memorial service today, but I wanted to express condolences, personal as well as corporate. I worked with Rock in several capacities in service to presbytery, and he and I shared an intense love for the church. Rock's service to presbytery Council and Trustees is forever appreciated. His witness will endure for a long time to come. Please know that your church family in Wetumpka will keep you lifted up in prayer. Peace to you all.
Jonathan Yarboro / Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Wetumpka and Moderator of Presbytery Council.

May 22, 2013

John and family- I just learned.......... (forgot to sign)
Doug & Carolyn Heisler

Earl & Coni Collins

May 22, 2013

Mark, We think the smile says it all. One of my daughters said that she will always remember your father for his smile, wit, kind spirit and encouragement.