The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 17, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Dec. 17, 2012


Jim Chambers

II Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always with good courage. We know that while we are home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

James Bailey Chambers (Papa, Big Jim, Uncle Jim) went to be with his Lord December 15th, 2012, following a short illness. Born October 25th, 1924, in Peterstown, WV, to humble beginnings, he was the son of the late Opie and Willie May Chambers.

He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Unavell Chambers, brothers Jay Chambers and Jerry Chambers and sister June LaPrade.

Those left to cherish his memory are his very special wife Jo Raso Chambers, son Jim Lewis Chambers and wife, Nancy, Juanita Cornett and husband Rick Cornett, Joetta Oliver and husband Tim, Annette McGrady and husband Reggie, Darryl Raso and wife Sandra, Frank Raso III and wife Terri.

Grandchildren Dr. Stuart Cornett and wife Amy, Todd Cornett and wife Rachel, Lori Gray, Carley Gray and husband Jason, Ricky Cornett and companion Kelsey, Chad McGrady, Brandon McGrady and his wife Beth, Addison Raso, Chance Raso, Brady Raso, Cole Raso and Ashlei Anderson.

Great-Grandchildren Baylei Cornett, Kennedy Cornett, Rylei Cornett, Todd Cornett II, Tristan Cornett, Lauren Gray, Sami Jo Gray, Ella Gray, Carson Gray, Aidyn McGrady and Tori McGrady.

Brothers Jess Chambers and wife Katie, Joe Chambers, Jasper Chambers and wife Louise. Sisters, Jeanetta Summers and husband Richard, Joyce Ann Thompson, and hundreds of family and friends.

Jim’s work history includes Beckley Awning, American Carpets, Jim Chambers House of Carpets and Jan-Care Ambulance Service, all of which he was dedicated to. He was a longtime member of the Church of God Family Worship Center. He was a 32nd degree Mason, past High Priest of the Beckley Chapter of Shriners, Mt. Hope Commandery and a very proud lifetime board member of the Salvation Army.

For almost 20 years, he played Santa Claus for all the area nursing homes. He would pray with every single patient every year. It was his passion.

He will most be remembered for the love and compassion he showed to anyone he ever met and the radiant spiritual guidance he provided to so many. In the very appropriate words of his loving daughter, Joetta, on behalf of all the family “God has you wrapped in his arms; we all have you wrapped around our hearts.” Thank you, Lord, for the precious time we had with him; he has molded our character forever. Love you always!

On Tuesday, December 18th, at 11 a.m. we will remember the life of James Bailey Chambers with a “Service of Celebration for a Life Well Lived” at the Family Worship Center, 224 Pinewood Drive, Beckley. Entombment will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 17th, at the church from 6 to 9 p.m. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army of Beckley, 312 South Fayette Street, Beckley WV 25801.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

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