James grew up in Cabool, Missouri, and graduated with the class of 1986.
Shortly after graduation he joined the United States Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. James accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age and rededicated his life to the Lord just a few years ago. James spent his earlier years as a truck driver, which he dearly loved.
James was united in marriage to Janice Strunk on February 27, 2009. He adored his children, Makenzie and Jared, and his face would just light up when he talked of his grandson, Karson. James always had a smile on his face, a heart of gold, and was always ready and willing to help anyone in need.
James was employed with Grisham Farms, where he loved his job. He cherished the many friendships and memories he acquired there. He enjoyed watching “Duck Dynasty,” NASCAR, working with his hands, and he loved working on vehicles. James loved the dog his daughter gave him, Payton Sue, and wherever he went the dog was by his side.
James was preceded in death by his father, Ray Chronister.
He leaves behind his wife, Janice of the home; his daughter, Makenzie Chronister and grandson Karson of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; his son, Jared Chronister of Cabool; his mother, Mickey Chronister of Cabool; his sister, Tammy Lester of Ironton, Missouri; his brother, Gerald Chronister and wife Sheri, and his sister, Tina Osborn and husband Michael, all of Cabool; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He will be dearly missed by many.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the funeral chapel with John Emery officiating. Pallbearers were Todd Wood, Norman Wood, Randy Hampton, Donny Boyle, Jr., Donny Boyle, Sr., and Luke Atchison. Interment with full military honors was in Murr Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions to the Cabool High School football team and Autism Speaks in honor of his grandson, Karson Chronister.