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Alex Chambers Jr., a longtime newspaper delivery man, who had worked for The Sentinel-News for 40 years, died suddenly Wednesday at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.
Chambers, 74, a Shelbyville resident, also had worked in maintenance at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for 50 years.
Chambers worked in the very early morning hours, collecting newspapers after they had been assembled for circulation and delivering them to post offices and retail outlets around the county.
On Wednesday, he had been delayed in that task by an equipment failure at the newspaper’s production facility in Shepherdsville and, after waiting for a few hours for delivery of the papers to the offices on Taylorsville Road, he departed for what he said would be a brief period.
He stopped at Walgreens on Taylorsville Road and collapsed there. He was rushed to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and then on to Louisville. Cause of death was a brain aneurism.
Sentinel-News Publisher Kerry Johnson expressed sorrow at Chambers’ passing.
“Alex was a treasure, one of those employees who does such a reliable, consistent job, and has been doing it for years,” he said. “We will miss him.”
Former Sentinel-News Publisher Jim Edelen also expressed his sadness when he heard about Chambers’ death, and echoed many of the same sentiments about Chambers’ dedication to his job.
“When I started at the paper in seventy-five, he was already on the job, and I didn’t meet him for weeks and weeks,” Edelen said. “He was a very quiet fellow. When I finally got to know him, I found he was just a very calm, capable person, and he just did a super job for us all these years. We never had to check on him, or do anything. We just automatically knew we could depend on him. He was the best employee we ever had.”
A native of Shelby County, son of the late Anna Elizabeth Johnson and Alex Chambers Sr., he was a handyman who loved to tinker with old cars and was a collector of anything vintage and old, family members said.
He was very involved in African-American history and enjoyed collecting old photographs and passing on history to friends and family. He was an honorary member of The Hornet Club and a member of the Church of God of America.
He was married to the late Dora Mae Young Chambers and had two daughters, Theresa Harris and Cheryl Graves, and two sons, Victor Young and Kendrick Chambers, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.