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Emily Chambers-Boyd

Emily Jane Chambers-Boyd, 71, of Leesburg, Ga., died on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after a valiant battle with Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia (CLL).

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home in Albany, Ga. The Rev. Chip Gresham will officiate. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Salem-Seminole Baptist Church Cemetery in Desser, Ga..

A native of Seminole, County, Ga., Mrs. Chambers-Boyd was born to the late John Walden and Essie Lee Robinson Williams on Feb. 22, 1938. She had resided in Leesburg, Ga., since 1971. She was a homemaker and a registered nurse employed at South Fulton Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., prior to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, where she retired after 29 years.

Mrs. Chambers-Boyd was instrumental in providing training and support to nurses for Albany Community Hospice. She became the first full-time RN for Hospice and was the head nurse on the cardiac intensive care unit at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. She will be remembered by fellow co-workers as a dedicated and compassionate nurse to her family and friends. She will be remembered as a loving mother, wife and sister. As a believer of the Baptist faith, she was a true witness for the Lord, reaching others professionally and personally.

Mrs. Chambers-Boyd was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur B. “Sonny” Chambers.

Survivors include her husband, Donnie Boyd of Leesburg, Ga.; a daughter, Julie Godbee, and husband, Dennis, of Buckhead, Ga.; a son, Kirk Chambers, and wife, Heidi, of Bainbridge; grandson, Ramsay Chambers, and granddaughter, Emily Chambers, of Bainbridge; step-sons, Ken Boyd, and wife, Mary Kay, of Warner Robins, Ga., Stevie Boyd and wife, Jodi, of Navara, Fla., and Keith Boyd and wife, Lori, of Warner Robins, Ga.; step-daughters, Donna Boyd Tweedy and husband, Bill, of Fort Valley, Ga., Carol Boyd Barnette and husband, Tim, of Winder, Ga.; 12 step-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Childs of Bonaire, Ga.; two brothers, James Harvey Williams and wife, Brenda, of Perry, Ga., and Tom Williams and wife, Janie, of Kathleen, Ga.; sisters-in-law Genella Chambers Thursby of Donalsonville, Ga., and Eunice Chambers Cheshire of Bethany, Okla.; eight nieces and two nephews.

Those desiring may make contributions to The Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1885, Albany, GA 31702; or to Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia Society, 3715 Northside Parkway, 400 Northcreek, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30327.

Mathews Funeral Home in Albany, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.