100th birthday: Chambers


LIMA — James Chambers Sr. is celebrating his 100th birthday with a party from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Anthony Thompson Gymnasium at Philippian Missionary Baptist Church, 190 E. Eighth St.

Chambers was born Sept. 1, 1918, to Brown (Robinson) Chambers and Lelia (Reynolds) Chambers. On April 28, 1941, he married Katie Mae Leonard, who died Aug. 16, 2011.

He has four children, Catheree Thomas, of Cleveland, James Chambers Jr., of Columbus, Lelia Ali, of Columbus, and Eddie L. (Donna) Chambers, of Springfield.

Chambers became a deacon at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and later helped start Philippian Missionary Baptist Church. He worked for the B&O Railroad as a turntable and fuel station operator, retiring in 1980 after 35 years of service. He loved to hunt and fish, both for food and enjoyment. His first school was a one-room log cabin with a potbellied stove. He remembers world events like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; when cars were cranked by hand; and the racism of the Jim Crow era and the indignities he experienced while traveling in the South.

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