Forrest Montgomery Chambless, a beloved member of the Crandall community, passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2023, at the family home in Crandall, Texas. He was born on October 9, 1980, in Dallas, Texas. Forrest was a compassionate and dedicated individual who touched the lives of many through his various roles as a family man, friend, coach, and Air Force veteran.
Forrest is survived by his wife of 21 years, Krystal, their three sons, Preston Andrew (20), Matthew Blaine (18) and Ethan Jace (10); His mother, Cynthia Chambless of Dallas, Texas; His sister Margie Potter and husband Dan of Guadalajara, Mexico; his brother Spencer Chambless and wife Tonya of Bullard, Texas; Father in-law and Mother in-law Carl & Gayla Flowers of Crandall, Texas; Brother in-law Carl Flowers IV and wife Kelli of Forney, Texas and several nephews, great nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceding Forrest in death was his father Benjamin Chambless, grandparents Wayne and Jean Montgomery, grandparents Paul and Marjorie Chambless, and grandfather Jerry Mayes.
Forrest was a proud Christian and loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was saved as a young boy and baptized at Gross Road Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas.
Forrest had a passion for children and children flocked to him. He coached several little league baseball teams and pee-wee football teams in Crandall and Seagoville as his boys were growing up. He loved every minute of it and always did it with a smile on his face and love in his heart. The impact he had on the children he mentored cannot be overstated. His patient guidance and commitment to nurturing their skills helped instill in them not just a love for the game but also valuable life lessons in teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship. His dedication to children went far beyond the sports field. He made it his mission to ensure that every child in his presence felt seen, valued, and loved.
Forrest proudly served his country as a Crew Chief in the US Air Force. His last assignment was at Shaw Air Force Base where he displayed exceptional leadership skills and earned the respect of his colleagues.
In his leisure time, Forrest enjoyed spending his time outside. Whether it was time spent at the lake fishing, doing yard work, tinkering on a project with his dad in the shop or just watching the stars, outside is where he could be found. These serene moments allowed him to connect with nature's beauty and find peace amidst life’s challenges. He also enjoyed cheering on his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, with enthusiasm and unwavering loyalty.
Above all, his family was his greatest source of pride and joy. Anytime you talked to Forrest you were sure to hear him bragging about his boys and all that they have accomplished. He was so proud of the young men that they have grown in to and looked forward to what they would accomplish in the future.
Forrest Montgomery Chambless will forever be remembered as a remarkable individual whose impact extended far beyond the lives he touched directly. His unwavering love for his family, his commitment to service, and his genuine desire to help others will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. While our hearts ache at the loss of such an exceptional person, we find solace in cherishing the memories, we shared with Forrest. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that his legacy of kindness and compassion lives on in the hearts of those who loved him dearly.
Friends are invited to join the family to share memories and stories of Forrest during a visitation, on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home Chapel, in Kaufman. We will celebrate his life at a funeral service on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Vista Church in Crandall. A private Interment will follow at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas at a later date.
The staff at Parker-Ashworth is honored to assist Krystal and her family in their arrangements for Forrest’s services.