The Chambers Funeral Home
The roots of our family service began in 1931, when the building built in 1859, now known as the “Chambers Funeral Home” was purchased by Fred L. and Bertha Chambers and converted into the funeral home to serve the Brooke County Area.
Until 1937, most funerals were held at the family’s home, but the trend to have funerals at the funeral home started to change with some funerals still held at area churches. With additions of garage space, Fred and Bertha lived upstairs with their daughter, Margaret Ann, continuing to the family tradition.
In 1945, Fred L. Chambers became ill, and passed away, and his Brother, Floyd E. and Genevieve Chambers came aboard to continue the family tradition, They added additional rooms, enclosed the porch, and changed the interior structure. During these times of expansion, Floyd E. and Genevieve were raising 3 children, Fred T., Jeannine A. and Jennifer L. Chambers.
Fred T. Chambers joined his father in 1965, to carry on the family business. In 1983, Floyd’s wife, Genevieve became ill, and passed away. Her leadership and office management skills were unsurpassed. She worked long into the night performing all her duties, as well as sending her Husband Floyd and Son Fred off into the night on ambulance runs. Her memory is long lived by a host of area people, recalling fond memories of her.
Genevieve’s youngest daughter, Jennifer followed in her mother’s footsteps, joining the family business in 1973 under her mother’s tutelage. Along with performing her business duties, Jennifer has five children,Bethany, Cassidy, Cody, C.J., and Stepson, Anthony,and one deceased Stepson, Mario, and six grandchildren, Layla,Skyler, Jasmine, and Mercedes, Rosalie, and Blake. Her angel, Jaylynn Kinney, passed away, 10/17/11. Jerry Lee Lynch Chambers joined the Chambers Family when she married Fred T., May 22, 1965. Having worked at area nursing homes and the Brooke County Health Dept. for many years, she raised 3 children, Mrs. Brent (Jamie) Johnson, Lance Floyd Chambers, and Melissa Ann Chambers. Jerry Lee joined the family business in 1993, helping Jennifer perform necessary business duties. Fred T. and Jerry are now the proud Grandparents of Tanner Lee and Park Alan Johnson,Megan and Molly Chambers, Brooks, and Twins, Grayson and Findley.
The Chambers Family have continued to provide quality funeral service with Floyd’s guidance until his death, November 2, 1999. When after 90 years of service to his family and business “Pap” commonly known by the funeral home employees passed away with his children by his side.
We are proud of our family heritage and we will continue in our parent’s footsteps helping our families with compassion, understanding, and sensitivity through funeral service, as well as contributing involvement in community activities. The Chambers family is proud to announce after 80 years of service, Eric L. Fithyan, L.I.C. and Owner back to Brooke County.
The James Funeral Home
John T. James was the founding member of the James Funeral Home.
In the process of gathering information about the James Funeral Home at this time.
Judson and Norma Gardner purchased the James Funeral around 1939. The James Funeral Home provided quality family service to the Follansbee, area for many years. Upon the death of Judson Gardner, Norma led the James Funeral Home with help from Funeral Directors , such as Wirt Davis and assistant, Clyde Walnohas. When Norma decided to retire in 1974, she contacted Fred T. and Floyd E. Chambers of the Chambers Funeral Home about purchasing her funeral home. They were her absolute and only choice for the purchase. Since 1974, the Chambers Family has operated the James Funeral Home with the same caring and compassion for families that they provided in the Wellsburg area. With Norma’s guiding principles, the Chambers Family has continued her traditions. Assisting Norma was Mary Kocher, a 57 year employee of the James Funeral Home, who has given the Chambers Family and staff helpful insight into the Follansbee community. Her helpful personal touch and kind hug have given families countless comfort in their time of need.
The James Funeral Home continues under the leadership of Fred T. Chambers and Eric L. Fithyan, L.I.C. For more information on the staff of the James Funeral Home click on our staff page.