Celebrating the life of

Susan I. Chamblee

Passed away on July 31, 2021

Susan I. Chamblee

Susan Inglesby Chamblee, 76, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Effingham Hospital.  She was born October 22, 1944 in Savannah. In addition to her parents, John and Helen Inglesby, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Lewis Chamblee.  Susan and her husband were foster parents with the Department of Family and Children Services. She co-founded the S.T.E.P.S. program (Summer Therapeutic Enrichment Program of Savannah).  She volunteered time to the program she helped to build.  She always wanted a big family, so after having three children of her own, she became a foster parent.  She has fostered up to 100 children in the past 30 years, a majority with special needs.  Her work to start S.T.E.P.S. began with her first foster child, Kimberly, who was profoundly disabled.   

She is survived by sons, William B. Chamblee (Theresa) of Pooler, Kenneth, Justin, Frankie, David, and Nathan Chamblee, all of Savannah, daughters, Kathy Watson of Savannah, and Cindy Burns (Randy) of Pooler. Also surviving are her brother, David Inglesby, seven grandchildren, Mandy, Brandon, Brittany, Tabitha, Johnathon, Joshua and Jessica, as well as seven great-grandchildren, Sophia, Arianna, Ella, Rylan, Saylor, Ryder, Sawyer, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel.

A private burial will be held in Greenwich Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the S.T.E.P.S program, P.O. Box 16675, Savannah, GA 31416.   




Susan was a big part of me and my family. She is like a mother to me and a very dear friend. She will be surely missed. My family and I are extending our deep condolences to the family. Sending our prayers of comfort to all of you! With much much!

- Tess Perez, Los Angeles, CA

Susan is with our lord and savior with special honors for all she did on this earth for our special children. She was a mentor and dear friend to me and helped me through tough times. A very special woman that will be missed. Love to all the family

- Grace and Christopher Neal, Savannah, GA

We love Susan for her devotion and enthusiasm for children. She is treasured in hearts throughout the community. We will miss her.

- Era & Wayne Hall, Savannah , Georgia

I'm so sorry to hear this. Cindy always spoke so highly and affectionately about all the work her Mom did for differently-abled individuals. Cindy is continuing her Mom's legacy. Heaven has gained a very special lady.

- Carol Smart, Savannah , Georgia

Dear Chamblee family, we are absolutely heartbroken to see that we’ve lost Sue from this life. Our hearts are with your entire family. I hope Sue knew 1 millionth of how much she was loved and admired. She was the best adoptive mom Nathan could have had and we are eternally grateful for that.

- Jennifer and Andrew Arvan, Jackson, WI

Bruce Im so sorry for your loss. My prayers are wtih you and your family. My cousin and I pray your mother a Heavenly rest in Peace❤

- Christina Harley, SAVANNAH, GA

Dear Kathy,Cindy and Bruce I worked with Susan at CARC on Eisenhower in the The seventies,your mom was the best person and really loved and inspired the people she took care of and the people she worked wIth. I came over to visit a few times when you lived in the house on Beaureguard and had a nice visit with your mom, my thoughts and prayers are with you and so glad we have the great memories of our loved ones forever. Pam Mahnkei

- Pam Mahnke, Savannah, GA

i’m so sorry for the family’s loss susan was an amazing, sweet soul ♥️

- caitlin, savannah, ga

so very sorry of the loss of you mother- grandmother to you -so sad when a parent passes- remember all the love she showed to you and your family -so sad

- judith palfey, north clarendon, vt

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I just found out today about Susan’s death. I truly have lost a very special person in this life! I have SO many Susan stories from my years in Resource Development w Chatham County DFACS. Susan normally appeared w a big smile, the friendly comforting voice, and a hug. And I remember John and Susan’s mother. I remember most Susan’s huge heart and love for so many. And I knew she could be strict. She said enough and did enough to fill an entire universe. This world has lost another treasure but her story, love, devotion, clothes washed, meals cooked, medical visits and follow up, and her sparkling eyes and help from her family is a true love story. I will always remember her. Peace and God’s speed!

- David Bates, Orangeburg, SC

I am at a lost to hear this. I met Susan over 40 years ago when I came to work at CCDS. She helped me out a lot to learn what to do and how to interact with our population. Susan loved them. The most impressive Susan story I carry with me is her going out of her way to pick me up for work to make sure that I got there. She would even send John to take if she wasn't going. Susan was a wealth of knowledge and info on anything concerning the individuals she cared for, SCCPSS (schools) and the state of Ga. Cindy and I would laugh and say "if you want to know, just ask Susan." Love you CB Lorraine

- Lorraine Mitchell, Savannah, Ga.

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To the family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will truly miss Sue. She was a true friend and an advocate who took my family and me under her wings. There will be none other like her sharing passion for others at such magnitude. There certainly had to be a crown waiting for her. My prayers are with each one of you during this time of your bereavement.

- Connie Boyd, Savannah , Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Interment Will Be Private