James Alton Chatham
February 14, 1937 - June 18, 2017
James Alton Chatham, 80, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his home. He was born February 14, 1937 to the late Herbert Chatham and the late Nell Hughes Chatham. He graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High school in 1955 and attended Itawamba Junior College where he played football. He loved his country and served in the National Guard where he was activated during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1957 he, Carolyn Chatham, Kelly Wade and Linda Prestage, purchased an auto parts store that became C&P Auto Parts where he worked for 30 years. The business is still operating under Chip Prestage. After his retirement, he formed Chatham Company where built Midway Marina and developed other commercial and residential property. He worked alongside his son, Brad until his death. In 1957 he married the late Carolyn Prestage. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, and attending all their sporting events. He was a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church where he attended the Roy D. McAllily Sunday school class. He served as a trustee, administrative board chair and on the finance committee. He also served as an alderman for the city of Fulton for 16 years.
Services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Box officiating and Tom Childs eulogizing. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am until service time. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his son, Brad (Missi) Chatham of Fulton, daughter, Carol-Leigh Harvey of Kingwood, TX, grandsons: Colin (Jordan Lea) Chatham, Jordan Chatham, and Brennen Chatham all of Fulton; granddaughters: Jade (Colin) Ashmore of Fulton, Madison (Cody) Carson of Charlotte, NC, and Payton Harvey of Kingwood, TX; great-granddaughter, Charlee Pace Carson, Sister, Louise Turman of Verona, and soon to be great-grandson, James Ezra Chatham.
Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carolyn Chatham, brothers: Harold and Ted Chatham, and brother-in-law, Kelly Wade Prestage.
Pallbearers are Larry Pate, Ray O'Neal, Tom Childs, Robert Loden, Joseph Johnson, and Don Holcomb.
Honorary Pallbearers are Chip Prestage, Lee Prestage, Bill Reifers, Butch Chatham, Greg Chatham, and Mike Chatham.
Memorials can be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church in his honor.