Dr. James Ray Chatham, 87, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. A Memorial Service will be 2pm Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 105 N. Montgomery St, Starkville, MS 39759.
James Ray Chatham was born in Caryville, FL on November 11, 1931, to Clifton Lee Chatham and Sadie Mae McMinn Chatham. He was a parishioner at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, MS.
Dr. Chatham was department head of Foreign languages at Mississippi State University from 1964-1983 and Executive Director at The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese from 1984-1993. After his retirement he taught at MUW in Columbus and EMCC for many years.
He enjoyed taking walks, seeing the beauty of large bodies of water and watching birds.
Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie (Joey) Engelman; sister, Joyce Purdue; grandchildren, Amanda Allen, Sarah (Tyler) Weeks and Alexander Allen; and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina McCoy Chatham; parents, Clifton and Sadie Chatham and brothers, Phillip Chatham and Thomas Chatham.
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