Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

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Jane (Johnston) Chambers

May 20, 1952May 9, 2020

On May 9, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones, Jane Chambers of Nacogdoches, Texas left her earthly home and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus knowing that for [her] to live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). She leaves behind a legacy that lives on in the hearts of her family and friends.

Mrs. Chambers’s memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Dr. Allen Reed and Rev. Andre Simon officiating. The memorial service will be live-streamed on First Baptist Church's website for those who are unable to attend in person.

On May 20, 1952, Jane was welcomed into her family by her parents, James Estel and Hazel Beaver Johnston; her brothers, Jimmy, Melvin, Alan; and sister, Kerma. They resided in Alcoa, Tennessee located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains until her dad was transferred by the Aluminum Company of America to Wenatchee, Washington. In 1960 Jane’s father was transferred again to Rockdale, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1970 and began her college career at the University of Texas.

In May 1971 she married her high school sweetheart, Earl Gordon “Robbie” Roberson, III. They settled in Nacogdoches to raise their children; Earl Gordon, IV; Julie Ann; and James Eric. Jane returned to Stephen F. Austin State University in 1981 and graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1982. Jane embarked on her teaching career at Fredonia Hill Baptist Day School following Robbie’s untimely death.

In the spring of 1984, the ladies’ trio at First Baptist Church needed an accompanist and she was introduced to Richard; after a short courtship, they were married on August 31 by Dr. Allen Reed. Their son, James Hunter completed the family in December 1987. During this time she began her teaching career with Nacogdoches ISD holding many positions including classroom teacher, team/department leader, reading specialist, and curriculum instruction facilitator retiring in 2017 with thirty-three years of service. Jane delighted in deepening her faith through service at First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches. She was a devoted Sunday School teacher and long-time soprano in the Celebration Choir. The lives she ministered to live on as examples of her love for Jesus. However, her greatest joy was being Mom and Mimi to her family. She rarely missed an opportunity to transform everyday occurrences into teachable moments and instill in her children and grandchildren eternal truths found in Scripture.

In 2017 Jane was diagnosed with colon cancer. Despite her intense treatments, she determined to use this journey as a testimony to the hope, joy, and faith found in her relationship with Christ. She continued to attend church functions, her weekly prayer group, and participated on the Sundays she was able by singing in the choir until she grew too weak.

This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it. (John 11:4)

Please make memorials to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 411 North St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.


  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, May 24, 2020


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Kelly and Mark Price

May 24, 2020

We came to Nacogdoches in August 1982 and met Richard in our College Department. We really loved him. In fact, he was at the hospital the day our daughter, Erin, was born. He always bragged that he rode up in the elevator when they took her to the nursery. We met Jane at church and grieved with her when her first husband passed away and then we got to rejoice when Jane and Richard got married and had that precious Hunter. My favorite memories are of Richard, Jane and Hunter in church all the time. I can see them taking Hunter with them everywhere. I remember the ladies trio singing as well. Happy days then and happy days when we see each other in heaven where we will be serenaded by angels and see our Savior, Jesus. Love and prayers to all of you.

Elizabeth Baker

May 24, 2020

I remember Jane from Mike Moses Middle School & had the honor of working with her. She was an outstanding teacher & I had great respect for her. I had the privilege to hear her sing & was so impressed. I know that she & Richard had a great relationship & that she was proud of her children. She will surely be missed on this Earth.

Jill Carrington

May 21, 2020

Richard, Hunter and family,
I am grateful that I always felt cheerful around you and loved by you. You always shared yourselves fully. I got to know you when David Carrington and Hunter were in the Odyssey program at Mike Moses so long ago, 1998-2000, when Jane, Susan Chandler and I think Sharon Ninness were the lead teachers. Later David was at TJR in eighth grade with Richard.
Thanks to God for being our strong rock and comfort.
I love you all.

Jeanie Gresham

May 20, 2020

Jane will be remembered for many wonderful things; teaching will be one of her contributions. She touched many lives, young and old. I was one that will never forget her. As an adult she pushed me to be a proficient writer, and because of her influence, I wrote and published throughout my career. Jane is one of the great influencers in my life!

Petrina Cude

May 14, 2020

Richard - do sorry for your loss - prayers for you and the family at this time

Kim Brantley

May 11, 2020

I still remember and have the “manly” diaper bag with “BRANTLEY” on it. That was one of the coolest gifts we got when we had Caden!! My brother in law also used it and then it was returned back to us. I still use that bag today and think of Jane every time!!
Last time we saw her in Nacogdoches, she was not letting the cancer stop her! She knew her time was limited on this earth but she had the sweetest and best attitude about it all!!! I will cherish my last hug from Jane!!! What an angel heaven has gained!!!

Jessica Oswald

May 11, 2020

Mrs. Chambers was, and will forever be, one of my favorite people. She truly inspired me, pushed me, and motivated me in every interaction. Once you were her student, you were always her student. Although I had other teachers I loved, until Mrs. Chambers I never felt challenged to think beyond the answer. I attribute my perfectionist nature to her persistent demand for more and better. Long after I found myself in her classroom, she checked in on me regarding my next steps. When I started in education she continued to guide me offering support and ideas. Her motto of "So What?" hung on the ceiling of my classrooms and has been passed down to the students I taught. I am so grateful that I was lucky enough to have her in my life. I have been forever changed for the better simply by knowing her. She will be missed.

Sending peace and love to the family.

Patti Goodrum

May 11, 2020

Richard and Hunter and family. We are so heartbroken to find this out this morning. Know how much we love you all and we will miss Ms. Jane so much. What an influence she had with us and both our boys. Her love for all her students was extraordinary.
Her battle is won.
All our love,
Bill,Patti, Will and JT

Em. Otte

May 11, 2020

Dear Richard and family:
Praise God He had mercy on Jane and has chosen to take her home. Praise Him for given her a new body and taking away her pain. I will miss seeing her in choir, sitting next to her in the front pew, and hearing her beautiful voice. I know my heart is breaking right now, so I can't imagine what you're going through. Rest in Jesus's arms, as she did, and lean on Him for strength.
As is posted on my brother's grave: "God saw that she was weary, and a cure was not to be. So He wrapped His arms around her, softly whispering 'Come to Me'."

Wanda Cuniff

May 10, 2020

Dear Richard and Hunter,
I pray rest eternal be granted to Jane, and may light eternal shine upon her.
May our God of peace comfort and uphold you and all Jane’s family.
Lovingly, Wanda

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