John Austin Chambliss, Sr., age 86, of Live Oak, FL passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Haven Hospice in Lake City, FL following a brief illness. He was born on January 1, 1932, to John Sutton and Freddie Mae Sims Chambliss. He grew up in Graceville, Homestead, DeFuniak Springs and Chipley, FL. John graduated from Graceville High School in 1948 at the age of 16. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1951 with a pharmacy degree. After graduation, he moved to Live Oak, Florida, to work for Mr. L.E. Culpepper at Live Oak Drug Company until he could take the Pharmacy Board at the age of 21. He met Wanda Brown at Sweet Pea's Restaurant, and they were married on May 16, 1952, in Statenville, Georgia.
John purchased Live Oak Drug Company in 1964. The store slogan was "It's Fun to be Nice to People." John truly loved helping people during his years as a pharmacist. After the sale of the drug store in 1987, John went to work at Hamilton Correctional Facility as a pharmacist. John retired in 1998, but he continued to help people with his many informational articles on Facebook and through email. He began buying groceries for the family and became an enthusiastic coupon shopper. Many people at CVS, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, and Publix became his friends over the years.
John will be remembered for his love of people and compassion for animals. He fed the ducks and cats in downtown Live Oak for many years.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother, James Morris Chambliss, son, Richard Jay Chambliss, and grandson, Michael J. DeBono, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wanda Brown Chambliss, one son, Johnny (Melanie) Chambliss, Jr., two daughters, Darlene (Bruce) Galloway, Tamie (Mike) DeBono, grandsons, Bryce Galloway, Brad (Meagan) Chambliss, Tyler (Sarah) Chambliss, granddaughters, Lindy (Jeff) Riley, Shanna (Rody) Santiago, Angela DeBono, Camill (Derek) Riley, Alexis Chambliss, great-granddaughters, Lacey (John David) Peeler, Taylor Galloway, Katelyn and Kendall Riley, Lucia and Evie Santiago, Addison Riley, great-grandsons, Brayden Jay Riley, William Colt and John River Chambliss, Kai Riley and one great-great grandson, Hasten Peeler.
Visitation will be held, Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 2 to 4 PM in the Live Oak Church of God.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Suwannee Valley Humane Society or Save the Cats of Live Oak.
As per his wishes, finalization will be by cremation.
Please sign the guestbook at www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net.
Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., Live Oak, FL is in charge of all arrangements.
Published on February 27, 2018