James Roy Chaffin - Obituaries

James Roy Chaffin

February 20, 1944 - August 27, 2017
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James Roy Chaffin, 73, finished life’s earthly journey on Sunday, August 27, at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Atoka, Oklahoma, on February 20, 1944, to Lonnie H. and Nola Mae Chaffin.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, September 1, at 1:00 P.M. at Whitt Funeral Home Chapel with Barry Dodson officiating. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home.
Jim attended Stringtown public schools and graduated from Stringtown High School in 1962. He graduated in 1966 from East Central University with a BS in Elementary Education and earned his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Oklahoma University in 1981.
He married the love of his life, Linda Morris, on May 26, 1966, in Ada. They raised three children, Melissa, Stacy, and Michael.
Jim started teaching in the Comanche Public Schools in 1966. In 1972 he became the principal of Liberty Elementary School where he also taught class for several hours each day. Jim loved to read and wanted to instill reading on each of his students. Two books that he read aloud to his students were “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “Summer of the Monkeys”, both written by Wilson Rawls. In 1980 he became the Comanche Elementary School principal. He loved teaching and cared about each and every student with whom he had contact. He retired in 1996 after serving the students of Comanche for 30 years.
Jim enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing golf at Twin Oaks, and the outdoors. Jim was never without an OU cap or OU memorabilia; he was a Sooner fan through and through. He loved his eight grandkids and 2 great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lonnie Chaffin.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Melissa Harrison of Duncan, Stacy Rose of Arlington, Texas, and Michael and spouse Kelly Chaffin of Dennison, Texas; eight grandchildren, Megan Harrison, Matthew and spouse Rozalyn Harrison, Joshua and spouse Kelsey Lovett, Jacob Rose, Emily Chaffin, Cleoan Chaffin, Jackson Chaffin, and Benjamin Chaffin; two great-grandchildren, Chandler Grace Holmes and Raelyn Hamil; two brothers, Kenneth and spouse Lillian Chaffin, and Johnny Chaffin; one sister, Darlene and spouse Maurice Allen; and one sister-in-law, Polly Chaffin.
Memorial contributions in Jim’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Honorary pallbearers are Joe Morris, David Morris, Matthew Harrison, Jacob Rose, and Loyd Goodson.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.

Service Information

Date: September 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm

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Susan Mitchell
Duncan, OK
Linda we are so sorry for your loss. Many good memories at Comanche Elementary. Prayers for you and the kids.

Dan and Susan
Sheila Gann
Duncan, OK
Linda, we are very sorry for your loss. Randy is so glad he got to visit with Jim several times before his passing. Just know that we are here for you and the kids, and we are thinking of you all. May you all have peace in the future.

Sheila and Randy Gann
Timothy and Joann Ball
Duncan, OK
Thinking of you with live and prayers.
Darlene Allen
North Richland Hills, TX
The article was very nice about Jim. I enjoyed reading it. Will plan to be at the service on Friday.
My condolences to all the family. May you find peace in knowing Jim is with the Lord.
Brad Duren
Goodwell, OK
I have so many fond memories of Mr. Chaffin from Liberty Elementary. His laugh, his glare when you did something wrong, his willingness to challenge us as students, his love of teaching...I could easily write a thousand-page book, but fortunately for you, I won't! ?? Mr. Chaffin was one of those important individuals who I didn't recognize was so influential in my life until I reached adulthood and became a teacher myself. He made such a difference in my life that I could never repay the debt I owe. I only hope he knew how much he meant to me and how grateful I am to have known him as a teacher, coach, and principal. My prayers for the family during this time of loss. I know his legacy lives on through his family, friends, and former students like me. Rest in peace, sir. You made a difference.
Bret Garrett
El Dorado, AR
Jim was my fourth grade elementary teacher. He was one my favorite and best teachers. He seemed to love his job and helped me very much as a student. That was nearly 50 years ago and his influence and love for me as a student is held dear in my heart. My God comfort your family during this time difficult time.
Shelia Jameson Haworth
Moore, OK
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ronnie Pruitt
Duncan, OK
Mr. Chaffin was an amazing teacher/principal lots of great memories. He will be missed. Praying for you all.
Bruce B. Cash
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James and Gail Churchman
Comanche, OK
Linda, Stacy, Melissa, and Michael and families,
So sad to hear of Jim's illness and passing. I have many good memories of CES working with him. Please know we are praying for each of you for comfort and peace during this time.  What a legacy with all the grandchildren and the great grandchildren. I know he had a great time with them.  He will be missed. In Christ Love , James and Gail
Sharon cook Atkinson
Pencil Bluff, AR
I'm so sorry I wish I had been able to know him more. That's why we need family reunion s may God bless you all
Tanna Gayle Peck
Comanche, OK
Linda and family, we're so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a wonderful man and I know your hearts are heavy. Please feel the prayers that are going up for y'all at this time. God is providing strength and comfort.
Respectfully, Tanna Gayle Peck and family.
Joann Ball
Duncan, OK
Linda, I went to the Whitt Funeral Home yesterday to pay my respects .  Didn't see anyone there and no guest book.  Wanted you to know I have been thinking of you.
Joann Ball
Bob Duren
Duncan, OK
Fond memories of all the good times.
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