The Chambers legacy of excellence in professionalism, dignified and personal funeral service, fueled by the vision of Laura Mae Chambers began over 85 years ago. Today, Chambers Funeral Home, Inc. offers a full line of quality, end-of-life services. From our large selection of caskets, urns, and clothing (fit for every budget) to a highly experienced and compassionate staff, Chambers Funeral Home is committed to making sure services for your loved ones are dignified and memorable. Our team consists of seven licensed funeral directors who are on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week, ready to serve those families who entrust their loved ones to our care.
Chambers Funeral Home takes pride in staying current with advancements in funeral services and industry trends. Our facility consists of a chapel that seats one hundred and fifty of your loved ones, along with three intimate viewing rooms (both equipped with high definition TVs) and a state-of-the-art selection room.
We have always understood that every situation is unique and through the years our firm has perfected ways to provide families with burial options, while not overwhelming them during difficult times. We offer personalized funeral services, cremations and pre-planned funeral arrangements and we are willing to work with families of all means. It’s simple – our experience, professionalism, kindness and empathy is what sets us apart from other firms.
With an unprecedented and unmatched commitment to community service that spans five generations, we are happy to give back through civic organizations, community outreach, and the newly established Mabel L. Chambers Endowment.
Chambers Funeral Home, Inc. – Five Generations of Excellence.
Helping your family celebrate a lifetime of memories.
Five Generations of Excellence
In tracing the history of Chambers Funeral Home, its inception dates back to the early 1900’s where a young couple from Uniontown, Alabama decided to relocate within the state and settled seventy-three miles south in a small city within Jefferson County called Bessemer. In an effort to establish themselves, Charlie J. and Laura Chambers became barbers and together they cut hair as a means of earning a living. As Mrs. Chambers’ passion for underprivileged children grew, so did her commitment to education as she later became principal of the Tuggle Institute in 1931. Under her leadership, this state operated school became known for its service to disadvantaged children. Unfortunately, after several years of operation, educational funds were no longer available and the school ultimately closed. Later, Mrs. Chambers continued her service by opening her home and establishing residence for three of the children she taught. Sadly, by this time she had become a widow raising two children on her own, so in an effort to support her family, she began to write insurance policies for the Smith and Gaston Insurance Company where she later worked for several years.
In the spring of April of 1935, Laura Chambers and her son Augustus C. Chambers Sr. partnered and created a funeral home to operate in the downstairs portion of their two-storied home. Mrs. Chambers named it, “Laura Chambers Funeral Home”, where they lived upstairs and operated their funeral business downstairs. She and her son Augustus, also known as “Gus”, worked diligently in serving their client families and making a lasting impression on everyone.
Laura Chambers’ vision was shared by two of her dear friends, Catherine Malone and Minnie Lee Edwards. These two women were influential in their contribution to Chambers Funeral Home from its inception. Ms. Malone was there when the business opened and served as the firm’s first cosmetologist, taking great pride in making sure client families were pleased with the appearance of their loved ones. Minnie Lee Edwards, one of the first African American women to own a vehicle in Bessemer often used her car to transport families during funeral services. Together they worked with Laura Chambers and Augustus, Sr. to lay the foundation for the legacy to come.
In the year 1959, Laura Chambers passed away, leaving her son Gus to operate the funeral business on his own. His resilience after his mother’s death proved to be rewarding as the business continued to thrive under his direction. Gus was a distinctive and compassionate funeral director and businessman. He was known as a skilled and sought after embalmer for his unparalleled embalming technique. On April 23, 1969, he was called from labor to reward and the legacy was continued by his son and daughter; Augustus C. Chambers Jr. and Augusta Ellen Chambers. They were also known to many by their nicknames, “Little Gus” and “Sister.” Together the Chambers children carried on their father’s vision by incorporating the business on October 1, 1969 and building a new facility in 1971 which is the present location of Chambers Funeral Home, Inc. Many believed “Little Gus” and “Sister” had a sibling bond that went beyond words and for the next four years they operated the business together until tragedy struck on August 27, 1975. Augusta along with her husband, Bryant, Jr., were suddenly killed in an automobile accident involving a train. Due to this misfortune, the family business was solely left to Augustus Jr. where he continued to provide the same level of service that the community was accustomed to receiving. In addition to his commitment to the funeral home, Augustus Jr. was an active member in several community organizations and funeral service associations such as: the 33rd Degree Mason, Boy Scouts of America, A.G. Gaston Boys Club, Sgt. Roosevelt Police Dept., the Fraternal Order of Police, Ram Rod Motorcycle Club, Allen Temple A.M.E Church’s Board of Trustees, and the State and National Board of Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
Augustus Jr. was known as a standards setter in the funeral industry. Two of the reasons included being the first firm to offer limousines services (in Jefferson County) and the wearing of uniforms during funeral services. On August 12, 1988, Augustus Jr. passed away and the leadership within the funeral home transferred to: his wife, Jacqueline Chambers, son, Augustus C. Chambers, III and his niece, Augusta D. Chambers who then took over operations of Chambers Funeral Home, Inc. Together they revamped the office procedures and implemented techniques to make day to day operations more efficient and to better serve their client families.
- Fun Day Extravaganza – A free community event with rides, food, clowns, vendors and activities – 6 years
- Back Pack Give-Away – 5 years, over 2500 bags
- Mabel L. Chambers Scholarship
- Activity Day at Terrace Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Sponsoring residents at Terrace Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation for Christmas
- Food Drives, Salvation Army Scarf, Gloves and Blanket Give Away
- Angel Tree – 9 years
- Provided meals at Jessie’s Place of the Jimmy Hale Mission
- Black History Contest at Abrams Elementary School
- Visiting with the veteran’s at the Veteran’s Hospital
- Preneed Seminars