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James Cleveland Chronister

August 6, 1941 ~ July 29, 2022 (age 80)


James “Jim” Chronister of Durant, Oklahoma passed away July 29, 2022, at the age of 80 years old. He was born on August 6, 1941, in Sulphur, Oklahoma to George Webster Chronister and Sylvia Florence (Goforth) Chronister. On June 27, 1963, James married his love Bonnie Sue Norsworthy in Hamburg, Arkansas.

Jim honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. He saw many places having lived in several states and towns over the years. He was a member of the Chickasaw Warrior’s Society, as well as the Royse City Riding Club. Jim enjoyed many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. Jim served as a deacon of Grace Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma for many years before moving to Durant, Oklahoma where he became a member of the Westside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie Sue (Norsworthy) Chronister, his two daughters Sandra Beller and husband Michael of Ada, Oklahoma and Nicole Buckmaster and husband Jason of Pink, Oklahoma, and his sister Annette Anderson and husband Andy of St. Petersburg, Florida. Jim’s legacy lives on with his grandsons James Crumpton and wife Shelley of Kingston, Oklahoma and Roger Chronister and wife Kendra of Durant, Oklahoma, as well as six great-grandchildren.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents George and Sylvia Chronister, and his son James “Jimmy” Chronister Jr.

Family hour visitation is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday August 4, 2022, at Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Westside Baptist Church in Durant, Oklahoma with Pastor Jesse West officiating.

Those serving as pallbearers are Michael Beller, Jason Buckmaster, Roger Chronister, Logan Vaughn, Steve Slaten, and Timothy Bailey. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Ojeda and James Crumpton.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or at .

Funeral services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home 121 North 5th Street Durant, Oklahoma 74701.

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August 4, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home
121 North 5th Street
Durant, OK

August 6, 2022

10:30 AM
Westside Baptist Church
4824 W Hwy 70
Durant, OK 74701

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