Rochelle Baxter Chambliss McNeal • November 28, 2019
Rochelle Baxter Chambliss McNeal, age 80, died on November 28, 2019 at her residence on Fowler Avenue. She was born in Malone, Florida on September 18th, 1939 and was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Loudean Baxter; her husband of 23 years, James William Chambliss; and her husband of 29 years, Bobby Eugene McNeal.
Rochelle is survived by her two daughters, Sherree Stone of Blakely, GA and Alacia Watson of Lanett, AL; two stepdaughters, Karla (Danny) Dotson and Edie (Dennis) Brandt of Crawfordville, FL. She was blessed with eleven loving grandchildren, Katie (Tripp) Bridges of Blakely, GA, James (Rachel) Stone and John (Kelsey) Stone of Roswell, GA, Andrew Stone of Athens, GA, Larimee (Matt) Spooner of Iron City, GA, Bryce Walters of Dothan, AL, Joseph (Meredeth Flanders) Dotson, Allen (Shelby) Dotson, Mallory (Andrew) Revell, Mary Lee (Jake) Blume, and Jenna Lynn Brandt of Crawforville, FL; and seven great grandchildren, Lanier Bridges, Jacob Stone, Adeline Sone, Madelyn and Colton Spooner and Macie and Ryan Jackson.
Rochelle attended Massey Business College in Jacksonville, FL. She and her husband Jimmy owned and operated the Dixie and Dandy Grocery Store in Greenwood, FL for many years. In the mid-80’s after Jimmy’s death, Rochelle married Bob and joined him in Pensacola. It was then she became a part of Bob’s Mustang Village and shared his passion for restoring Mustangs.
Their hobby of restoring Mustangs took them through 37 states and Canada. Their prize restoration was the 1967 Playboy Pink convertible; and if there ever existed a car that had “been there, done that”, it was that ’67. From the CEO of Ford Motor Company, to television, numerous politicians and even a President, the classic vehicle entertained them all. They put 100,000 miles on this classic car driving it coast to coast and always said driving it was like being in a parade.
Rochelle was a member of the Gulf Coast Regional Mustang Club and the Hadji Shrine Widow’s Club. She was an avid gardener who loved to entertain and always sent visitors away with gardening advice or a potted plant in hand, or both.
A Celebration of Rochelle’s life will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00pm at the McNeal residence, 8833 Fowler Avenue, with fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Covenant Care, ATTN: Donation, 5041 N 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504; Hadji Shrine Crippled Children’s Transportation Fund, 800 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534; or the charity of your choice.