William D. Chamberlain, retired assistant editor of The Evening Post and The News and Courier, died after an illness Tuesday. He was 88.

An Army veteran of World War II, Chamberlain joined the staff of The Evening Post in 1946 as a reporter. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he worked with the company until his retirement in 1989.

He served as city editor from 1957 to 1968, and then was appointed assistant editor. He wrote editorials for The Evening Post until 1974, when he was named assistant editor of The News and Courier. In 1981, he was again named assistant editor of The Evening Post.

Arthur Wilcox, a director and secretary of Evening Post Publishing Co., said "No man ever had a finer assistant than Bill Chamberlain. I can't say enough about him. He deserves all the praise I can give him. ... He had some of the best news sense I've ever seen."

Barbara Williams, editor emeritus of The Post and Courier, said of Chamberlain, "He knew that attention to fairness and accuracy is just as critical to editorial credibility as they are to the news report. ... I was privileged to have him by my side."

Chamberlain was born Jan. 7, 1924, in St. Matthews, a son of E. Burnham Chamberlain and Margaret Sanders Chamberlain. He was a graduate of the High School of Charleston and the College of Charleston. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

The graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday at J. Henry Stuhr's Downtown Chapel.

Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth H. Chamberlain; two sons, W. David Chamberlain Jr. of Mount Pleasant and Steven A. Chamberlain of Shelby, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.