David Conney Chamness was born March 16, 1947 in El Paso, Texas. He grew up in Malvern, Arkansas. He passed away January 24, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas after a brief illness. David was a graduate of Hendrix College. His mother Hattie Goodman Chamness predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha Clardy Chamness. He is also survived by his cousin Norman H. Mason (Sugarland, TX), nephews Dr. Bryan Clardy (Ft. Smith), Michael Clardy (Benton), and niece Meredith Clardy (Houston, TX). He had many close friends who felt like family including Janice Dent and Roger McCoy. The dearest of these friends who became family are Kristyn Pearson (Robert) and their children Preston and Hattie, all of Friendswood, Texas.
David retired from the Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission in 2013 after 28 years. He was an avid gardener, boater, and photographer. He loved all animals. His greatest passion was traveling. He was especially talented in planning vacations. With his wife and loyal traveling companion, he traveled from Alaska to Zimbabwe, visiting 49 states and 6 continents. He has photographed plants, polar bears, grizzly bear catching Salmon to ancient Greek and Roman ruins.
A special thanks to Arkansas Hospice for the kind and gentle care given to David and Martha.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to groups helping to conserve the flora and fauna of our planet or animal help groups.
Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400