James Monroe Chambliss

Published 11:35 am Monday, October 3, 2011

James Monroe “Pooser” Chambliss died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at his residence after a battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

He served two years in the U.S. Army and had lived in Mississippi since 1973. He worked in Florida and Mississippi, but had spent the last 35 years working with large farm equipment: John Deere Southern Tractor Co., Cole’s Creek Planting Co. and Rock Lake Planting Co. He was a member of the American Legion Post 79 of Wesson, Miss.

Along with his love of rebuilding farm equipment, he was of the Baptist faith and he thoroughly enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends.

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James was born Aug. 22, 1944, in Marianna, Fla., to Melvin and Mattie Lee Chambliss, who preceded him in death. Also, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Zed Chambliss of Sneads, Fla., and Jack Chambliss of Portland, Ore.; three sisters, Dorothy Bland of Dothan, Ala., Virginia Parish of Marianna and Florence Green of Graceville, Fla.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 40 years, Sarah Frances Chambliss of Pattison; one son, James Alan (Rex) Chambliss of Pattison; and two cherished granddaughters, Kaylie Chambliss and Raine Chambliss, both of Richland, Miss. He is also survived by five brothers, Thomas (Sharon) Chambliss of Port Gibson, Josh (Shirley) Chambliss of Opelousas, La., Lamar (Puddin) Chambliss of Hermanville, Charles (Lula) Chambliss of Bascom, Fla., and Rodney (Ruth) Chambliss of Taylor, Ala.; two sisters, Betty Welch of Cottonwood, Ala., and Martha Courtwright of Salem, Ore.; mother-in-law, Vera Turner of Cottondale, Fla.; three brothers-in-law, John (Vanita) Turner of Marianna, Troy (Cathy) Turner of Madison, Fla., and Stafford (Tina) Turner of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law, Eunice Chambliss of Sneads, Fla., Vera Mae Walsingham of Hosford, Fla., and Patricia (Clifton) Breeland of Milton, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews or “yard-apes” as he would call them.

Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the Glenwood Funeral Home chapel in Port Gibson with Stafford Turner and Chaplain Mike Pennock officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday until the hour of the service.

A memorial service will be held at the Friendship Baptist Church in Malone, Fla., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for medical expenses at the State Bank and Trust, 609 Farmer St., Port Gibson, MS 39150.