Staff members of Chambers and James Funeral Home, Inc are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors and non-licensed funeral attendants.

Eric Fithyan
L.I.C./Funeral Director/Preneed Counselor

Eric Fithyan is a resident of Brooke County. He was born in Wheeling Hospital, son of Ernie and Teresa (McFadden) Fithyan. The Fithyan family lived on West Street, Follansbee for a short period of time, before moving to Wellsburg.

Eric became interested with music at a very young age.  He trained with the study of piano with Linda Henderickson and later David Zapka. Eric was a member of the Wellsburg Middle School Marching Band. He then became a member of the Brooke High School Marching Band, Pep Band, and Concert Band, playing Trumpet, Mellophone and French Horn. Eric was a member of the Brooke High School Madrigal and Concert Choirs. He served with numerous other students in Key Club and was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Pandhandle of West Virginia for Key Club. Eric was a 2002 Graduate of Brooke High School with honors and graduated in 2004 from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and Cum Lauda from Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Eric worked as a Funeral Director with Heffner Funeral Homes, York PA and the Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes, Pittsburgh PA. He served both funeral homes as Manager.  Eric then became the Director of Bereavement, Spirituality, and Volunteers Services of Cedars Community Hospice. These services at Cedars Community Hospice started from conception and grew to the largest volunteer and bereavement program of Great Pittsburgh. In addition to creating volunteer recongition receptions, fundraising events, and support groups, he was able to help individuals that are dying celebrate their life and support their families as they transition to the afterlife. "This was an honor to walk into people's lives when they are dying. It was like the poem that I went in to hold their hand, but they touched my heart," explained Eric. He was able to served with the Monroeville Rotary Club, Monroeville Area of Chambers of Commerce, Board Member of the CORE Task Force, Board Member of the Food Bank of Wilkinsburg (Wilkinsburg Community Ministies), member of Calvary Church, and Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg.

Eric is excited and honored to be back to is hometown to provide meaningful services for the community. He has joined his home churches of Christ Church, Wellsburg and Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, Wellsburg. He has been asked to serve numerous local organization and is looking into all of the wonderful things going on in the Northern Pandhandle and Brooke County.  Eric serves as President of the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club, President of the WV Funeral Directors Assocation - Ohio District and Legistative Committee, Brooke Hancock and Jefferson Counties Advisory Board, Board Member of Follansbee Chamber of Commerce, and President and Founder of Twilight Wish Foundation - WV.


Ellen Daugherty
Adminstrative Assistant

Ellen Daughterty is Adminstrative Assistant at the Chambers and James Funeral Homes in both Wellsburg and Follansbee.

Ellen is a resident of Wellsburg WV and the former administrative assistant at the Brooke High Free Methodist Church and Regional Office of the Pittsburgh Conference of the Free Methodist Church.  Ellen has two wonderful daughters and two grandchildern that she loves spending time with.  In Ellen's spare time, she is very active in the Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.

Ellen is very excited about working with Eric Fithyan and his staff at the Chambers and James Funeral Homes. She knows from her work with the church that each family is unique and needs assistance in planning a meaningful tribute to their loved one.

Justin Bull
Funeral Attendant

Justin Bull  was born in El Dorado, Arkansas.  He is the son of Jim and Janie Bull.  Justin is a resident of Weirton, WV.   On June 5, 2000, Justin joined the Weirton Cove Company #2 Volunteer Fire Department.  He was very active in the Boy Scout and obtaining rank of Eagle Scout.  Justin graduated from Brooke High School in 2001.  He then attended Eastern Kentucky University.  Justin graduated with a certification in Emergency Medical Techanician.  He is also employeed at the Brooke County EMS since 2002 and the Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad since 2004.  Justin attends church at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Steubenville, OH.  In his spare time, Justin is involved as an Executive Committee Member of the Hancock County Republicans.

Fred & Jerry Chambers, & Jennifer Chambers - Ficca
Founding Family Members

Fred T. Chambers is resident of Wellsburg and previous owner of the Chambers and James Funeral Homes. He graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1960 and went on to graduate from West Liberty State College in 1964.

He wanted to follow in his father's dreams so he went on to study and graduate from the Cincinnati Mortuary School, in 1965. He is a funeral director at Chambers & James Funeral Homes, since 1983.  He is married to the former Jerry Lynch Chambers. He has three grown children, Lance Chambers, Jamie Johnson, Melissa Wright, and seven grandchildren, Tanner, Parker, Megan, and Molly, Brooks, and twins, Grayson and Findley Wright.

Fred has always been an active member of the community. He serves the Lions Club, Elks, Loyal Order of The Moose, Rotary, Wellsburg Masonic Lodge, Follansbee Garibaldi, Cedar Lodge, West Liberty State College, and NAIA All American Baseball Team. Fred was even named the Citizen of the Year in Follansbee.

Fred, like his sister Jennifer, is excited about the transition of the Funeral Homes to new owner, Eric Fithyan. He knew the first day when he talked with Eric about this transfer that he was the gentleman to carry on the Chambers name and understand the experience that he had in funeral service industry, but also the health care industry. With this experience, Eric would not only be able to serve as a funeral director but an educator in Funeral Service and Health Care.

Jerry Lynch Chambers, of Wellsburg, WV graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1961, and the Ohio Valley School of Nursing in 1964. Jerry worked as a registered nurse for the Brooke County Health Dept for ten years, Weirton Hospital for five years, and is the office manager at Chambers & James Funeral Homes. She married Fred Chambers on May 22, 1965, and they are the parents of three grown children, Lance Chambers, Jamie Johnson, and Melissa Wright. She is the proud grandparent of Tanner and Parker Johnson, and Megan and Molly Chambers, Brooks, and twins, Grayson and Findley Wright.

Jennifer Chambers - Ficca has been with the funeral home for many years. I was so excited when my family's funeral home was passed off to Eric Fithyan. The experience that he brings to this organization and the community of Wellsburg and Follansbee is so great. I know that my parents would be proud of the Chambers and James Funeral Homes and Eric Fithyan as owner and funeral director. My brother, Fred and I would not have chosen any other individual other than Eric. I will continue to support him through this transition and for many years to come.

Wendy Craft
Pre-arranged Funeral Counselor / Funeral Attendant

Wendy Craft has been with the funeral home for 9 years. She understands and has experience needed to understand and meet your needs.  She is always jumping to a task to learn something new. Wendy, with her wealth of funeral information, guides families through the process of pre-arranging funeral arrangements. Stop by or call us to set up an appointment with her to learn the 5 new ways to refind the joy in a funeral celebration and two ways to have a funeral guaranteed!

Ernie Fithyan, Jr.
Funeral Attendant

Ernie Fithyan, Jr. has a full time job as a Bus Driver for the Brooke County Schools. He is retired from the Windsor Coal Company, West Liberty. He is the proud father of Russell and Eric Fithyan.

He was born in Steubenville, OH. Ernie is the son of the late Ernie Fithyan Sr. and Wilda Neil Fithyan. He was a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Center. He is most known as a football official.  Ernie enjoys his granddaughters, Lily and Grace.

Ernie, like his wife Teresa, is honored to support his son Eric as a Funeral Director.

Teresa McFadden - Fithyan
Funeral Attendant

Teresa McFadden-Fithyan is a Kindergarten Aide at Franklin Primary School of the Brooke County School Systems.  She resides in Wellsburg, WV with her husband, Ernie Fithyan, Jr.  She is a proud parent to two sons, Russell and Eric, and the proud grandmother to two adorable granddaughters, Lily and Grace.

Teresa is honored to support her son Eric in his life long dream of being a funeral director. Teresa with her caring heart and warm smile will serve your any needs.

Tracy Johnson
Junior Funeral Attendant

Tracy is honored to be considered as a Junior Funeral Attendant with the Chambers and James Funeral Homes.  She is a resident of Follansbee, WV.  Tracy is the daughter of Greg and Kim Johnson of Follansbee, WV.  Tracy is a student at Brooke High School.  After graduation in 2014, Tracy plans to attend Mortuary School in Pittsburgh to follow in her dreams.

Tracy's smiling face can be seen for miles as she performs with the Toni Zeakes Dancers of Wheeling.  She has perfomed at numerous events with the most notable the Wheeling Christmas Parade.

Tracy is always there to assist you in the funeral homes at evening visitation and services.  She will be leaving the funeral homes to attend Mortuary in late September.

Janet Leary
Guest Relations

Janet Leary is proud to be working at the Chambers and James Funeral Homes.  She retired from the Brooke County Board of Educations as a Adminstrative Assistant at the Guidance Office at Brooke High School.  Janet is a member of Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.

Mark Ross
Funeral Attendant

Paul Mark Ross serves as a Funeral Attendant at the Chambers and James Funeral Homes. Mark has worked and continues to be employed by the Brooke County School System as a Custodian at the Franklin Primary School.

Mark and his wife Cheryl are the proud parents of Andrew and Nathan Ross.  Their family are proud members of the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene, Wellsburg.

Jim Rush
Funeral Attendant

Jim is honored to be working at the Chambers and James Funeral Homes under the direction of Eric Fithyan.

Jim is retired after numerous years of service to the Brooke County Sheriff Department. He is also a member of the Beech Bottom Christian Church and a member of the Choir.  Jim has sung with the Community Choir when it was at St. John Catholic Church, Wellsburg, WV as a Bass and has song at numerous other churches.

Jim is pleased to be able to help hold a hand, sing a song, or touch a heart while he serves his community at Chambers and James Funeral Homes.

We are a member of the following associations:

VFMC Christian Burial Society Veterans Burial Society Veterans Cremation Society Christian Cremation Society NFDA West Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Veterans and Family Memorial Care Christian Burial Society Veterans Burial Services Veterans Cremation Society Christian Cremation Society National Funeral Directors Association West Virginia Funeral Directors Association

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