Ulysses H. Chambers, 73, of Chicago, Illinois, died on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:25 a.m. at home surrounded by loved ones.
Ulysses was born October 31, 1944, to Ernest and Mary Chambers in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1962 and did coursework at the University of South Carolina and Northern Arizona University. He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Arizona in 1968, as well as a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago in 1977. He was also a Doctoral Student at the University of Chicago.
Ulysses met Patricia Ann Crawford in the early 1970’s. They later married in 1977 and had one child, Hally Crawford Chambers. Ulysses worked in education for much of his life, teaching elementary school and later teaching classes at Chicago State University and University of Chicago. In the 1990’s he switched gears to political speech writing in the Illinois Comptroller and Attorney General's offices before moving on to grant writing for Ada S. McKinley Community Services.
Ulysses loved to write even in his free time and over his lifetime he amassed a large body of poetry on various themes. He often wrote editorials and essays, covering every imaginable topic from biblical history to politics. His comments and observations were insightful, well-constructed and often profound. Many of his family and friends relied on his experience and benefitted from his unique perspective. Some of his other interests included playing the piano and singing.
Ulysses was preceeded in death by his parents and by his siblings: Ernestine Gibson of Texas and William Chambers of California. He is survived by one child: Hally Chambers of Chicago and several nieces, including Teresa Mattress of Houston, Angela Mattress of Austin, Ricky Chambers of San Diego, California, Cindy Chambers of League City, Texas, and Ebony Chambers of Stockton, California.
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