William Post Chamlee
April 19, 1930 – March 25, 2021
William Post Chamlee, 90, of Temple died Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Baylor Scott and White. A memorial service will be Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00am at the First Methodist Church of Temple. There will be a family visitation after the service.
Bill was born April 19, 1930 in Gatesville, Texas to Ermon Chamlee and Annabel Post Chamlee. He was a graduate of Gatesville High School in 1947. He graduated from Tarleton State College in 1949 and Texas A&M College in 1953 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He married Chloris Ann Combest in 1953. He then served in the United States Army in both Korea and Japan. He started his architectural career in Waco, TX with Spicer, Bush, and Witt, AIA. He moved to San Antonio, Texas where he worked for Adams & Adams Architects, AIA and then Harvey P. Smith & Associated, AIA. Bill and his family moved to Temple, Texas in 1958 where he and Glenn Rucker established Rucker and Chamlee, AIA. Bill married Mary Glasscock Wilkinson in 1978. In 1983, he established William Post Chamlee, AIA where he worked until his retirement.
William P Chamlee designed hundreds of homes, schools, and businesses in his tenure as an Architect. His projects included the Cultural Activities Center, Temple Public Library, First Presbyterian Church, Covenant Lutheran Church, Corinth Baptist Church, Seaton Brethren Church, Temple College Fine Arts Building, Library, and Student Union, Hillsboro City Library, and 14 TISD buildings, not to mention countless private residences in many US cities.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Beverly Post Robinson, Helen Post Kirby, Dorothy (Teeny) Post Wilson.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Chamlee of Belton; Bill’s daughters, Alisabeth “Betsi” Chamlee and husband Jim Gunlock of Temple and Margaret “Meg” Chamlee Pitrucha and husband Craig of Temple. Betsi’s children, Sarah Arnold Roberts and husband Korbett and their children Caleb, Benjamin and Andrew of Waco; Katherine Arnold Hutcheson and husband Byron Hutcheson and their children Annie and Libby of Houston and Jim Gunlock's daughters Ashley Gunlock of Rockford, IL and Stephanie Gunlock of Normangee, TX. Margaret’s children, Bethany Zabcik LeBoeuf and husband Matthew LeBoeuf of Euless, Alisa Zabcik of Denver, CO, and Alan Zabcik and wife Ilima Santiago Zabcik of Pearl River, NY. Mary’s children, Pat Wilkinson and husband Marshall “Skip” Powell of Belton, Pam Wilkinson of Ruidoso, NM, and Paul Wilkinson of Temple; Pat’s daughters, Chelsea Roeder Stern and husband Christopher Stern and their children Chloe, Camden, and Charlotte of Belton; Whitney Roeder Platina and husband Gino Platina and son, Joey, of Sacramento, CA. Pam’s children, Rebekah Knighten and husband Chris Knighten and their children Emma and Savannah of Ruidoso; Patrick Roberson and his children, Cole and Aurora Roberson of Rio Rancho, NM. Paul’s daughter Hannah Wilkinson of Ft.Wayne, IN.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Cultural Activities Center or any arts organization of your choice.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
William Post Chamlee
Sarah Rickard Munro
April 10, 2021
When I think of Bill Chamlee, I first imagine him in the late 1950’’s, at the party at the Popejoy’s where he and Ann first met my parents. Next I remember him in the early 80’s, as he proudly displayed the new fabric my mother and he had chosen for her couch - still on the couch today. Finally, I see him in 2009, nimbly stepping across a grid of rebar as he inspected the foundation of the home he designed for us. Now I imagine him in heaven, at a fabulous party thrown by his friends and family to welcome him. You were the best one, granddaddy granddaddy, and we miss you terribly! Sabah
April 7, 2021
So many. Coffee in the morning at Betsi’s. Only able to slip away from work a couple of times. Beer on the porch. Halloween party at Page ‘s. Family parties and gatherings. A hug every Sunday at church. I would always give him a little wave from the choir loft and he would wave back. Gentle man. Soft spoken. You could always feel that he cared about you. Will miss him in my life. I was honored to call him Granddaddy.
April 5, 2021
Wishing you comfort for your family. A time to honor a wonderful life and celebrate a life well-lived. God Bless.
April 2, 2021
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences to the family. I'm sorry for your loss and hope for you a healing heart with warm offers of caring from us all. (Love you Y2Kate)…..Tommy E. Dye
March 31, 2021
Always gave a kind word to me. A good man and uncle.
March 30, 2021
RIP dearest Bill. I’ll treasure your colorful stories, self deprecating humor, meticulous style and kindness toward mankind. You were a blessing! Deepest condolences to the Chamlee & Glasscock families.
March 29, 2021
I grew up in Temple hearing Bill Chamlee and Bill Rucker stories as they were the architects for many of the TISD schools, They were always funny and in later life insightful. Both of my parents knew Bill and thought a lot of him. I left the area and when my husband and I returned to build our home, Bill was retired. However, his mentee was our architect. Once our home was complete Bill had a chance to come and visit our home and had many compliments on our design. When I told him who had helped with our design, he laughed and said, "that's about right." He was a wonderful man to have taken on the extra family he did. Love you all and praying for you as you begin this new journey without Bill. RIP, Bill