James Lee Chumley, Sr.

September 23, 1944June 19, 2013

James “Jim” Lee Chumley, Sr., 68, of Evansville, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born September 23, 1944, in Montgomery, AL, to the late Edward G. and Edna B. (McKnight) Chumley.

He graduated from Culver, Harper and Bosse. He worked at General Foods for many years and enjoyed being a people greeter at Wal-Mart in later years. He was a US Army Veteran who served in Korea, the Indiana National Guard and Army Reserves. He was raised as a Baptist at Calvary Baptist Church of Evansville and was a member of Nativity Catholic Church. He was also a member of VFW, American Legion and the Men’s Club at Nativity Catholic Church, where he fried fish for the dinners at Lent and fried chicken for the summer socials. He was a sportsman, loved fishing, was an avid NASCAR race fan and enjoyed mini hydroplane racing. Jim was a good natured man with a dry sense of humor and mischievous smile that endeared him to his family and many friends. He will be missed by all.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Judy Chumley; brother, Fred G. Chumley; and sister, Connie Clark.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dorothy J. (Dages) Chumley, whom he married on August 27, 1988; sons, Michael L. Chumley, James L. Chumley, Jr. and Earl J. Chumley; grandchildren; Jessica, Jennifer, Britni, Justin and Raven Chumley; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brothers, E. Gerald (Barbara) Chumley of Winslow, IN and Curtiss W. Chumley of Columbus, GA; and sister, Gail (Tom) Ingram of Evansville.

Services will be 1:00 PM Monday, June 24, 2013, at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Fr. Henry Kuykendall, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park at a later date. Friends may visit Sunday from 12:00 to 7:00 PM and Monday from 10:30 AM until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nativity Catholic Church or to Vanderburgh Humane Society. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Sunday, June 23, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, June 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 24, 2013

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Sharon Ford

June 24, 2013

In sympathy for your loss. May the love of friends and family comfort you at this time.

Jan Milburn

June 24, 2013

My dear friend, Dottie, my heartfelt and deepest sympathy for you and your family at this most difficult time. I pray that your knowing that Jim is in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father will bring you comfort. Jim will always be with you. I love you Dottie.

Laura Ingram

June 24, 2013

I will miss my Uncle Jim. Condolences to Dorothy, Gerald, Curtiss,Jimmy Jr., Mike, Earl, and his grandchildren.

David Herbert

June 23, 2013

Rest in Peace, James, always in our minds and hearts. Cousins, David and Gloria

Shelly Chumley

June 23, 2013

So sad to hear of another family loss in our family. My heart and prayers to everybody there. Sorry I'm not able to make it back to Indiana again :-( May God Bless You All with His loving comfort and remember all the good times you shared with Uncle Jim. Big hugs from me Shelly and my family from Texas to California. Love Prayers Shelly

Tonya Talbert

June 23, 2013

I am so sorry for your sudden loss.My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.Take care.

Deborah Ingram-Findley

June 22, 2013

Uncle Jim was a unique man always with a grin on his face and a funny story to tell. Family gatherings and events will never be the same. He was greatly loved and will be missed very much by the entire family.

June 22, 2013

You were dearly loved and will be missed by many!

Carol Leonhardt--[pharmacy]

June 22, 2013

Dottie,I am so sorry for the sudden loss of Jim.He was so kind to the people that he greeted at Walmart, always had a big smile on his face even though he was in pain.He will be missed by many. God bless you and your loved ones.

Sharon/Jim/Hope Galster

June 22, 2013


Our hearts weep with you and your family. I have been praying for Jim and You each night. As Jim says: My beads were hot. Please know that you are in our thoughts. Gentle hugs