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William Roy Chavis, Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, passed away peacefully in Towson, Maryland, on August 29, 2023. Born on October 9, 1940, in St. Pauls, North Carolina, he was the son of the late William R. Chavis, Sr. and Mary Etta Chavis.
William is survived by his wife Delma Jean Chavis, son Dr. Craig Chavis and his wife Elizabeth, and was predeceased by his son, William R. Chavis, III, and his late wife Lori. He was a proud grandfather to Kailee, Austin, Kirstyn, Alexa, Andrew, and Benjamin Pieffer and his wife Nicole, and a doting great grandfather to Bohdi Pizarro, Bronson Pizarro, Christopher Pieffer and Foster Pieffer. He is also survived by his siblings Geneva Moore, William "Bim," Tessie Booker, Lorraine Meredith, Rae Mullins, John Hugh, Mary Harryman, and the late William Robert, along with many nieces, nephews, and other cherished family members.
William was a man of intellect and analytical prowess, traits that served him well in his career in technical support for Sinai Hospital. His educational journey included a high school diploma and a few years of college, which laid the groundwork for his professional success. His intelligence was matched only by his loving nature, which endeared him to all who knew him. He also worked on computers during his lifetime for over 40 years which he enjoyed sharing his computer knowledge with others.
In his spare time, William had a variety of interests that reflected his lively and adventurous spirit. He loved going on cruises with his wife to exotic locations such as Hawaii, the South Pacific, Alaska, and the Caribbean. A tech enthusiast, he enjoyed tinkering with computers and staying connected with friends and family on Facebook. As an ardent fan of Fox News and the History Channel, he was always up to date with current events and historical facts. His favorite pastimes included watching old westerns, particularly those featuring John Wayne, and the classic television series Gunsmoke. The Goonies held a special place in his heart as his favorite movie.
William had an eclectic palate, with a fondness for butter pecan ice cream, Dairy Queen banana split sundaes, BK Whoppers, Taco Bell, and steam crabs and snow crab legs. His love for the music of the 50s and 60s, along with country music, was a testament to his appreciation for the classics.
In his passing, we remember William Roy Chavis, Jr. as a loving, analytical, and intelligent man, whose life was a testament to these qualities. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to know and love him. His memory will forever be a beacon of love, wisdom, and strength, guiding us through the challenges of life.
Family and friends will honor and celebrate William's life at the Evans Life Celebration Home-Forest Hill, 3 Newport Drive on Thursday, September 7, 2023, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm with a funeral ceremony on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 11:00 am. Interment: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com