Reigning Royalty

King Russell Warren Chambliss, Sr.The King

Mr. Russell Warren Chambliss, Sr.

Reigning over the fifty-second Beaux Arts Krewe Ball is Russell Warren Chambliss, Sr., a forty-two year resident of Birmingham. King Russ is the son of the late Russell Henry Chambliss, Jr. and Jane Williams Chambliss of Richmond, Virginia.

King Russ graduated from Washington and Lee University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity and president of the Interfraternity Council. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he served in the Dolomite Alps of Northern Italy as a Team Commander of the 11th USAFAD of the 559th Artillery Group. After his military service King Russ joined Mason Corporation as a management trainee. His majesty served in many different capacities and became President and CEO of Mason Corporation in 1989.

King Russ is married to the former Ann Cooper Mason of Birmingham. His Majesty and Lady Ann have four children, Russell Warren Chambliss, Jr. married to Rebecca Stetler Chambliss, Mary Margaret Chambliss, Jane Chambliss Drennen, married to Daniel Edward Drennen, lll, all of Birmingham and Frank Mason Chambliss, married to Mary Russell Wood Chambliss of Memphis, Tennessee. They also have ten grandchildren, Julia, Russell, Annie, Charlotte Ettalee, Charlotte Ann, Felix, Alligood, Louis, Edward and Lucy all of whom are His Majesty’s Trainbearers.

His Majesty is an active member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent. King Russ is also a member of the Country Club of Birmingham, The Club, Kiwanis Club, The Sons of the Revolution, The Society of the Revolution, The George Washington Society and YPO Gold.

In the past, King Russ has served on the boards of the Southtrust Funds, Country Club of Birmingham, Jr. Achievement, St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, The Club, Washington and Lee Alumni, Young President’s Organization, ODK, University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business and the Williams School of Business at Washington and Lee. King Russ has also served on the Vestries of St. Mary’s on the Highlands, St. Luke’s and the Advent.

Your King enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, traveling, farming and spending time with Lady Ann, family and friends, horses and dogs at the royal compound on Little River Farm atop Lookout Mountain, near Mentone, Alabama.

King Russ is grateful to the Krewe for the privilege of serving as King and is honored to share the throne with the beautiful Queen Madeline. His Majesty is also grateful to the members of the Krewe who work so hard to make this evening special honoring the young ladies of our families and supporting the Birmingham Museum of Art. As you enjoy the evening, by Royal Order: “Lassiez les bons temps rouler!”.

Queen Madeline Lysbeth DeBuysThe Queen

Madeline Lysbeth DeBuys

Madeline is an eighth-generation resident of Jefferson County and a third generation participant in the royal pageantry of the Beaux Arts Krewe. She is a direct descendant of Williamson Hawkins, one of the original settlers of Jones Valley in 1815. Madeline has grown up with the Krewe. She served as a Royal Page many years, both grandfathers are Krewe members, both of her parents served as Royal Pages, and her mother, Katherine, was a Princess in 1989.

Madeline is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Forrester DeBuys, III. Her grandparents are Dr. Raleigh Barbee Kent, junior, and the late Mrs. Lysbeth Hawkins Kent, Mr. and Mrs. John Forrester DeBuys, junior, and Dr. Maida Louise Burrow and Dr. Jerry Otis Bush. Her siblings are John Forrester DeBuys, IV, and Isabelle Virginia DeBuys. The DeBuys royal canines are Margaux, Charlie, Lucy, and Bailey.

Queen Madeline is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School where she was an AP scholar, Spartan Crest Award recipient, member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club and a cheerleader. She was presented at Holiday Assembly and enjoyed serving as a Birmingham Belle. She is a lifelong member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent and experienced many fun summers as a camper at Camp DeSoto and J. H. Ranch.

Madeline is a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She served on KD Council as Vice President Member Education. She has been recognized on the President’s or Dean’s list every semester and will graduate from the Capstone College of Nursing in 2020.

Queen Madeline is honored to serve alongside King Russ. She is grateful to the Krewe for all of their energy and hard work in the production of the 52nd Beaux Arts Krewe Ball! Queen Madeline is proud to acknowledge the Krewe’s continued dedication and support of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Her late grandmother, Betty Kent, was a committed and faithful supporter of the Museum, and Madeline lovingly dedicates this evening to her memory.