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OBITUARY

James Matthew Kingham Jr.

April 8, 1928July 24, 2020
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James Matthew Kingham Jr. 92 of Lake Charles went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2020.

James was born on April 8, 1928 in Lake Charles, one of four children born to James and Alvis Kingham. His father was a hard working rice farmer who held a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior, traits he instilled in all his children. If he was not working on his father's farm, you could find him spending time with his Sweetheart, Betty Jo Bruno when she would come to town to see her family and in 1948 they would marry.

Upon graduation from LaGrange High School, he enrolled in Southwestern Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas . It was here he gained a better understanding of his faith and a stronger relationship with God. It was also where he learned how to play the steel guitar, a skill he used upon returning home as he traveled around Southwest Louisiana playing in various revivals and evangelistic meetings. When he was not playing with the church band you could find him strumming the guitar to his favorite Hawaiian songs and church hymns.

He was a proud, yet humble man, ever dutiful to his family. His employment as a welder with Cities Service Refinery brought him much joy; he truly enjoyed his job. Welding wasn't the only skill he possessed, he was knowledgeable in wood working, using it to build a home for his family. He shared everything with Betty Jo, if he wasn't at work he gladly shared in the duties of raising their eight children. Betty Jo would provide in the home and he would provide for and lead his family in their faith. After 40+ years with the refinery he decided to retire.

The Bible was the most important recourse to him, he referenced it often for reassurance and guidance. He taught adult Sunday school at Lake Charles Revival Center for many years.

Betty Jo was the first to greet him with open arms into Heaven, followed by two sons; Scott and Mac Kingham, his parents, and one brother; Albert Kingham.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Betsy Bennett, Jim Kingham, Carolyn (Gary) Gorham, Peggy Prather, Kevin (Dottie) Kingham and Bill (Diane) Kingham; fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren with one on the way, one great great grandchild with one on the way, and two brothers, Mark and George Kingham.

The family will welcome friends for visitation at Hixson Funeral Home on Sunday, July 26, 2020 between 5pm to 8pm.

For the health and safety of the friends and family, the funeral services will be closed to the public. However the family invites you to watch his celebration of life, led by Brother Gary Evers, beginning at 10am on our facebook page www.facebook.com/jehixson.

We also invite you to sign his digital register book, leave a favorite memory, or sentiment of condolences on our website www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Betsy Bennett, Jim Kingham, Carolyn (Gary) Gorham, Peggy Prather, Kevin (Dottie) Kingham and Bill (Diane) Kingham; fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren with one on the way, one great great grandchild with one on the way, and two brothers, Mark and George Kingham.


    Betty Jo was the first to greet him with open arms into Heaven, followed by two sons; Scott and Mac Kingham, his parents, and one brother; Albert Kingham.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Monday, July 27, 2020

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Memories

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Darrell Kingham

July 27, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of my cousins and their families. I remember all the times we played football in the yard on the side of your house and seeing Uncle Jim’s light in his bedroom late into the night as he studied for his Sunday School lessons. It’s so awesome that he is with the One he loves so much and taught about and with the ones that went on ahead of him. It’s hard to imagine all the people and sights he has already seen! What a comfort to know that we will all be reunited one day! I love you guys! Darrell

Tammy Huffman

July 27, 2020

So sorry for your loss! Praying for all of your family!!!
Love you Jessica praying for you at this difficult time!!

Bobby Kingham

July 27, 2020

My condolences go out to all my Cousins. I will always remember Uncle Jim as he prepared for his Sunday school lessons on Saturday evenings. I could see him through the window with the light on at his desk, researching the word of God.

Bobby Kingham

Mark and Naomi Kingham

July 26, 2020

We were so saddened by the news ofJim’s homegoing. Yet we rejoiced imagining the sights he was seeing and the loved ones greeting him that had gone on before. He lived a good life and was loved by many. He was my oldest brother I always looked up to.....literally! He was several inches taller than me! Some nicknamed him TreeTops and that he was! Love and prayers to all the family!

George Kingham

July 26, 2020

Regrets to all of you. I know he is now in heaven rejoicing with
your Mom and Scott and Mac. My prayers and best wishes.
I love you all and will continue my daily prayers for you.
With much Love, Uncle George

Victoria Dubroc

July 25, 2020

I can hear you playing your Steel Guitar now.

We lost the sweetest man alive but you got your sweetheart back, which makes it all okay for us down here on Earth.

Until I see you again Pawpaw. I love you so much.
- Your Tori ❤️

Kathy Carlin

July 25, 2020

Mr. Jim was a great and loving man. Never heard him speak ill of anyone, always smiling and laughing. Treated me as family, was always welcoming me into his home .
Loved his Coke Cola collection. RIP, tell Mrs. Betty hi from me.

Kristy Kershaw

July 25, 2020

I would like to express my condolences to Carolyn and Gary Gorham and their children. I extend these condolences also to the entire family. May god be with you.
Dearest friend Kristy Kershaw

LAURA LANDRENEAU

July 25, 2020

I am so sorry for his families loss, but I know he is rejoicing in heaven with his sweet wife and his friend, Jesus. I am so glad I got to visit with him this week. He was always so welcoming and he had the warmest smile. Heaven has gained another angel, but I know he will be missed by many. Love to his family during this difficult time. Sorry we can not come by to offer our condolences, as we are heading out of town for a work vacation.
Arya's grandparents Laura Landreneau and David Landreneau







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Biography

James Matthew Kingham Jr. 92 of Lake Charles went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2020.

James was born on April 8, 1928 in Lake Charles, one of four children born to James and Alvis Kingham. His father was a hard working rice farmer who held a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior, traits he instilled in all his children. If he was not working on his father's farm, you could find him spending time with his Sweetheart, Betty Jo Bruno when she would come to town to see her family and in 1948 they would marry.

Upon graduation from LaGrange High School, he enrolled in Southwestern Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas . It was here he gained a better understanding of his faith and a stronger relationship with God. It was also where he learned how to play the steel guitar, a skill he used upon returning home as he traveled around Southwest Louisiana playing in various revivals and evangelistic meetings. When he was not playing with the church band you could find him strumming the guitar to his favorite Hawaiian songs and church hymns.

He was a proud, yet humble man, ever dutiful to his family. His employment as a welder with Cities Service Refinery brought him much joy; he truly enjoyed his job. Welding wasn't the only skill he possessed, he was knowledgeable in wood working, using it to build a home for his family. He shared everything with Betty Jo, if he wasn't at work he gladly shared in the duties of raising their eight children. Betty Jo would provide in the home and he would provide for and lead his family in their faith. After 40+ years with the refinery he decided to retire.

The Bible was the most important recourse to him, he referenced it often for reassurance and guidance. He taught adult Sunday school at Lake Charles Revival Center for many years.

Betty Jo was the first to greet him with open arms into Heaven, followed by two sons; Scott and Mac Kingham, his parents, and one brother; Albert Kingham.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Betsy Bennett, Jim Kingham, Carolyn (Gary) Gorham, Peggy Prather, Kevin (Dottie) Kingham and Bill (Diane) Kingham; fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren with one on the way, one great great grandchild with one on the way, and two brothers, Mark and George Kingham.

The family will welcome friends for visitation at Hixson Funeral Home on Sunday, July 26, 2020 between 5pm to 8pm.

For the health and safety of the friends and family, the funeral services will be closed to the public. However the family invites you to watch his celebration of life, led by Brother Gary Evers, beginning at 10am on our facebook page www.facebook.com/jehixson.

We also invite you to sign his digital register book, leave a favorite memory, or sentiment of condolences on our website www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

Learn more about the Kingham name

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