WEYERS CAVE, VA – J. Wayne Chamblee, 68, of Weyers Cave, VA passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his home.
He was born in Ahoskie, NC on January 27, 1950, and was the son of the late Robert Lee and Valeria Brown Chamblee. Also preceding him in death are his grandparents, John and Essie Chamblee, with whom he was very close.
Wayne was a chemist and a chemical engineer and had worked for Union Camp, RJR Nabisco, Merck, Kamyr, and Roche Carolina prior to his retirement. He worked in research and development and held many patents with his colleagues. He also worked in production and excelled at problem solving.
He was active at Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Virginia and Pisgah UMC in Florence, SC and was raised in the Hickory Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Wayne loved the outdoors, hiking and biking, canoeing and traveling. He was a private pilot and an amateur radio operator.
He was united in marriage on July 22, 1989 to Karen Taeuber Chamblee, of Weyers Cave. Wayne loved his family deeply. Surviving in addition to his beloved wife are his sister, Phyllis Hoggard (Larry), of Ahoskie, NC; nephew, Chad Hoggard (Suzanne and their daughter Hope); niece, Michelle Hite (Ronnie and their daughter Madeline); sister-in-law, Susan Green (Dan and her children Ben, Matthew and Anna DiMario); brother-in-law, Richard Taeuber (daughters Loren Taeuber (Dre and Silas Benjamin), Julie Taeuber (Chloe Mallett, Lucas Anthony, Logan Anthony), and Brianna Taeuber).
A memorial service will be held at Bridgewater United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018 with Rev. Stephen Creech and Rev. Jim Harris officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Camp Overlook Scholarship Fund, 3014 Camp Overlook Lane, Keezletown, VA 22832 or the Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Rd., Big Island, Virginia 24526-8517.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.