Obituary: Virgil L. Chambliss, 96, of Eureka

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Virgil L. Chambliss, 96, of Eureka died at 6:30 p.m. July 16, 2011, at Advocate Eureka Hospital.

Born Oct. 18, 1914, in Salem, to Fred Lee and Myrtle Luety Chambliss, he married Viola Edwards, on July 15, 1940, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Virgil served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pay specialist in San Fransico, Calif. Prior to serving in the Navy, and after as well, Virgil worked for F.W. Woolworth Variety Stores in Pekin, Kokamo, Ind. and managed stores in Chicago. Virgil and Viola later purchased the Ben Franklin Variety Store in Eureka in 1951 and continued to expand the business until retirement in 1991. Virgil continued to work with the family business, Lee’s Hallmark shop, until two years ago.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vi, Eureka; son, Jim (Janette) Chambliss of Eureka; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Alice Croghan, Okla.

Virgil was a member of the American Legion, Post- 466 of Eureka, The Eureka Sportsman Club, an original founding member of the Eureka Business Association, and The Eureka United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, on Wednesday, July 20. The Reverend Ron Martz will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 20. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eureka United Methodist Church, The American Cancer Society, or The American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at