Robert Emmett Chumbley III ’65

Robert Emmett Chumbley III ’65, of Baton Rouge, La., went home to be with the Lord on July 11 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Covington, Va., on Feb. 29, 1944, to Bessie Stokes Chumbley and Robert Emmett Chumbley, Jr. As a young man, Chumbley excelled in both academics and music. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Davidson, he developed a passion for French literature, spending his junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. At Davidson, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in French at Yale University. He was an associate professor of French at LSU, where he taught for 40 years. He was also a devoted Sunday school teacher, most recently at Broadmoor Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Burks Chumbley, 10335 Browning Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815; son, Robert Emmett Chumbley IV; daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Chumbley; cousin, Elizabeth Lindsay Jones; his wife’s parents, Bill and Lynne Burks; sister-in-law, Laura Moser; and brothers-in-law, Brad Burks and Charles Burks. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39.