James L. Chambers (Jim) was born in Vinita, Oklahoma on January 13, 1938
to Orpha Mae and Luther R. Chambers. Jim spent the first years of his
life in Big Cabin, Oklahoma until the passing of his mother in 1943. In
1945 his father remarried and relocated the family to Miami, Oklahoma.
Jim worked part time at a local pharmacy as a soda jerk while attending
high school, and joined the National Guard after graduation. He attended
Northeastern Oklahoma University for one year before enlisting in the
US Army and serving three years in Germany.
Upon concluding his service to his country, he returned to the states and
found employment in Tulsa at Standard Industries. Shortly after, he moved
back to Miami and acquired employment at the B.F. Goodrich Tire Plant
while seeking his degree in business from Kansas State University. His
step-sister, Geneva, introduced him to her college roommate (and his future
bride of 51 years) in 1961. Jim and Sharon were married in Pittsburg,
Kansas on June 15th, 1963. After Jim earned his degree, the family moved
to Tulsa where he went to work as an accountant for Skelly Oil Company.
He spent the remainder of his career in accounting and auditing for the
oil industry, retiring from Texaco in 1994.
Jim and Sharon had two children, Stephanie and James Stephan (Steve). Jim
enjoyed the outdoors and took the family on frequent vacations to the
mountains of Colorado. He loved taking the family horseback riding, fishing,
and on nature hikes through the mountains to feed the squirrels. He was
active with Steve in the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster,
where he enjoyed camping and backpacking trips with Troop 22. He was also
active in Steve's youth soccer league as an Assistant Coach for several seasons.
In 1993, Jim and Sharon joined Yale Avenue Christian Church, where Jim
"claimed" part of the Church grounds as his to maintain and
manicure. He volunteered his lawn service there until his health forced
him to relinquish his duties. He was known for his love of his Church
family, and was often late for service because he was in the foyer chatting
with friends. He had a friendly spirit and made friends everywhere he
went. Even during hospital stays, he never let his personal situation
or discomfort spoil the chance to find a new friend.
Jim had two grandsons, Jasper and Dresden, who were the light of his life.
He loved getting hugs from the boys, taking them for rides on his scooter,
and watching them play and grow. He passed on his patriotism and love
for the American Flag to both boys, and he beamed with pride at every
opportunity he had to brag about them.
Jim passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 21st, 2015. He was preceded
in death by his parents, sisters Patsy Chambers and Barbara Porter, brothers
Ron and Clark Chambers, and step-sister Geneva Lance. He is survived by
his wife, Sharon, children Stephanie Huston and Steve Chambers, siblings
Beth Griswold and Phil Chambers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Yale Avenue Christian Church on February
4, 2015, at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, Jim's family asks that you make a donation to the
charitable organization of your choice.