OBITUARY

James L. Humberger

7 December, 193514 September, 2021

James Lee Humberger, 85, of Ooltewah, TN passed away peacefully on September 14, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. Jim was born in Clyde, Ohio to Roy and Nellie Humberger. Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley Pollock; brothers Donald and Robert; and his son Doug.

Jim is survived by his wife Ann Humberger; sisters Virginia Cullen, Carolyn Albright, Margaret Burns, and Marie Archer; brothers Howard and Frank Humberger; children David Humberger, Dianna (Chris) Mahoney and Dennis (Julie) Humberger; stepchildren Brent Massey and Cheryl (Jeff) Viar; grandchildren Megan (Corey), Will, Jacob (Morgan), Caleb, Sarah, Rachel, Tori (Jordan), Haley, Braden, Tyler, and Gavyn; and great-grandchildren Cameron, Tyliegh, Briar, Haven, and Bryson.

Jim served in the Navy and attained the rank of Machinist Mate First Class before finishing his enlistment in 1956. Jim loved his country and was proud of his sons’ and grandson’s military service.

Jim was an avid automotive enthusiast and had a special love for tractors. Every time there was a tractor for sale on the side of the road, Jim was there to check it out. He had a reputation for always wanting to take the backroads and made sure to direct each of his grandchildren on their first road trips with him. Jim, better known as “Grampy,” to his family, greatly loved spending time with his children and grandchildren when they came to visit. All who knew him could attest to his love for his family and how proud he was of each and every one of them.

Jim spent many years working for Saint John United Methodist Church where he was known as “Mr. Jim” to the children who attended the preschool. Jim enjoyed hard work, getting his hands dirty, and imparting his knowledge of how things work. His family and friends have many stories to share about projects they had done together. Jim was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who loved him.

Visitation will be held at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, on Thursday September 23rd, 2021 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Interment will be September 24th, 2021 at 1:00pm at the National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: ST. JUDE’S St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 23 September , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 24 September , 2021

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Jane Sunderman

21 September 2021

We are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Jim. He was a sweet man with a kind heart. Uncle Jim bought me my first iron! He would be happy to know it was used to iron fatigues that always passed inspection.

I like to think Uncle Jim was welcomed into heaven with a hug from all his family that got there first. Rest In Peace, Uncle Jim

Love, DeVon and Jane

Ariel Mckeel

19 September 2021

The first day I met you at the pool with jj I knew you was such a sweet soul. You were an amazing person. You will be very missed and heavy on our minds. But just got to think positive that your in a better place. It was soon….to soon . But you will never be forgotten.

Carolyn Albright

18 September 2021

As a teenager I took ballroom lessons after school and Jim would practice with me. I remember dancing the polka all over Mom and Dad's front yard. He was a loving, fun big brother and will be greatly missed.

Jeff Prine

18 September 2021

Still can’t believe this and at a loss for words .. one of the kindest man I have ever known … and loved everyone… every time I saw Mr. Jim there was a smile on his face and by the time he would leave you was laughing… can’t recall ever hearing anything negative.. heaven has gained an awesome soul R.I.P. my friend you will be loved and missed by many .. prayers for peace for everyone during this tough time.. GOD BLESS

Jennifer Cullen Mothersbaugh (Virginia)

18 September 2021

I remember Uncle Jim took us tubing on the Sandusky River. We were really young and didn't tell mom till after. I wore one of his Navy uniforms for a musical performance when I was in elementary school. I'm embarrassed to say it fit. He was always the fun Uncle.

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