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 to Ernie and Teresa (McFadden) Fithyan. The Fithyan family lived on West Street in Follansbee for a short period of time before moving to Wellsburg.

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

Eric worked as a Funeral Director with Heffner Funeral Homes in York, PA and the Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes in 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 the Greater Pittsburgh area. In addition to creating volunteer recognition receptions, fundraising events, and support groups, he was able to help individuals who were dying celebrate their life and supported their families as their loved ones transitioned to the afterlife. "This was an honor to walk into people's lives when they were 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 serve with the Monroeville Rotary Club, Monroeville Area Chambers of Commerce, Board Member of the CORE Task Force, Board Member of the Food Bank of Wilkinsburg (Wilkinsburg Community Ministries), member of Calvary Church, and Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg.

Eric is excited and honored to be back in his hometown to provide meaningful services for the community. He has joined his home churches of Christ Church and Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church both in Wellsburg. He has been asked to serve numerous local organizations and is looking into all of the wonderful things that are going on in Brooke County and the Northern Panhandle.  Eric serves as President of the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club, President of the WV Funeral Directors Association - 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 the Administrative 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 Hills Free Methodist Church and Regional Office of the Pittsburgh Conference of the Free Methodist Church.  Ellen has two wonderful daughters and two grandchildren whom 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 and 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 Scouts and obtained the 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 Technician.  He has been employed at the Brooke County EMS since 2002 and the Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad since 2004.  Justin attends church at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in 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 a resident of Wellsburg and the 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 at 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, and 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 the new owner, Eric Fithyan. He knew the first day he talked with Eric about this transfer that he was the gentleman to carry on the Chambers name and understand the not only 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 was 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, Megan and Molly Chambers, and 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 but 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 the 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-planning 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 in West Liberty, WV. 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 in 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 of 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.


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 Education as a Administrative 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 is proud members of the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene in Wellsburg, WV.


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 from the Brooke County Sheriff Department after numerous years of service. He is a member of the Beech Bottom Christian Church where he is a member of the Choir.  Jim has sung with the Community Choir when it was at St. John Catholic Church in Wellsburg, WV as a Bass and has sung 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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