On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, God dispatched His angels to call a devoted husband and loving father from his earthly home to give him rest from his labor. Reuben Elijah Chaney Jr. was born April 21, 1924 in Chickamagua, Georgia to the late Reuben Chaney Sr. and Louise Chaney. He was the oldest of two children.
Reuben professed a hope in Christ at an early age at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was a devoted Trustee for many years until his health would not allow him to perform the duties of a trustee. He followed in his father’s footsteps, who was also a long-time trustee at the church.
Reuben started out at the David’s Glove Company when he was very young as a stock boy. Later in years he became the President of the Golden Thumb Glove Company. This business enabled him to be a devoted trustee at Mt. Zion Baptist Church for many years.
On September 17, Reuben and Ruth celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Along with his parents, Reuben was preceded in death by his only sister and sibling, Ollie Chaney Brown and his nephew, Anthony Brown.
He was a lifetime member of the Masonic (AEAONMS) Champion Lodge #15, Akbar Temple #41 Past Potentate Council, Miami Consistory #26, 33 Degree Imperial Council and Commanders of the Rite.
Reuben had a passion for golf and continued playing until he was in his early 80’s. He also loved watching all the golf tournaments on television. He was an excellent cook and loved to try out new recipes and share them with his wife and daughter.
He leaves to cherish his memory: a loving and devoted wife, Ruth; a daughter, Marcia (Pastor Melvin) Gross; brother-in-law, Richard (Dorothy) Freeman, brother-in-law, Paul Graham; a cousin, Jackie (Pamela) Leslie; and a host of other relatives and friends. Service for Reuben Chaney will be held on Saturday October 19, 2019 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1117 South Yellow Springs Street Springfield, Ohio. Visitation will be 10:00am until time of service which will be at 12noon with Rev. Dr Olie V. Burton Eulogist and Pastor Melvin Gross officiating. Interment will follow at Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs, Ohio
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