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Services

James Clifton Moon

November 10, 1937 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Darryl James Heuser

Dec. 1, 1953 ~ Aug. 21, 2019

Services will be held:

Betty Z. Cowing

August 15, 1922 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 23, 2019

Oral Wise

March 1, 1952 ~ August 19, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Joseph Rickey “Rick” French

August 28, 1945 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: August 28, 2019

Martin “Matt” Willoughby

Feb. 9, 1950 ~ Aug. 6, 2019

Services will be held: September 6, 2019

Jean Carroll Kaplan

October 23, 1933 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: At a later date

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Brenda Kay Ward

September 3, 1945 ~ August 16, 2019

Services will be held: August 19, 2019

James Landis Chavasse



12/29/1919 ~ 02/04/2019

James Landis Chavasse passed away at his home on Monday, February 4th, three weeks after his 99th birthday.

He was born December 29, 1919, in Henderson, NC, the third son of Sidney Robert and Nannie Frances Landis Chavasse. He graduated from Henderson High School in 1936,
Henderson Business College the following year, and in 1939, from Christchurch School, in Virginia. After working for a year at the First National Bank in Henderson, he was approached by a representative of Christchurch School and offered a scholarship to play football there. Although reluctant to give up a well-paying job of $10 per week (these were the Great Depression years), he accepted in order to further his education.

In 1939 he enlisted in the National Guard and after completing Engineer Officer
Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia was assigned to the 403rd Engineer Water
Supply Battalion at Camp Butner, NC. In 1943, he was promoted to captain and
company commander. The battalion embarked for England as part of a large convoy on
December 29, his birthday. He served overseas from January 1944 to April 1946 and
was separated from the service with the rank of major. He remained in the active
reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

When he was in London during the war he had a very unique experience. Through the
courtesy of an English cousin, he was taken up in the clock tower of Big Ben and was
behind the clock face when it struck twelve.

Jim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 and was a
member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was employed by Raleigh Savings and Loan
Association (later Raleigh Federal Savings Bank), for 28 years as vice president in
charge of mortgage lending.

In 1953 he met a charming girl, Mary Elizabeth Thomas from Smithfield, NC, who was
also a graduate of UNC. She was a public school teacher in Raleigh. They were married
in November and were subsequently blessed with three lovely and talented daughters.
He is survived by his daughters Anne Cooper and her husband Jim, Amy Chavasse and
Caroline Chavasse. Also, grandchildren Elizabeth Hamm and her husband Gary, Louis
Chavasse and Franny Chavasse.

He was a lifelong and enthusiastic tennis player. As a boy he hit tennis balls “as bald as
an onion” against a wall in his Henderson neighborhood. He enjoyed the competitive
nature of the sport and participated over the years in many local, state, regional and
national tournaments. Of the tournaments entered, he was a winner or finalist in over
200 matches. In 2004 he was inducted into the Christchurch School Athletic Hall of
Fame. In 2008 he was named North Carolina Senior Male Tennis Player of the year.
A founding member of the Raleigh Racquet Club, Jim could often be seen driving
through Raleigh in his beloved 1971 orange Datsun station wagon on his way to play
tennis, no matter how hot the weather. He enjoyed playing tennis into his 96th year.

Quick witted and ready with poetic quip, he delighted in reciting Poe, Service and
Shakespeare, regaling his family with colorful toasts at holiday dinners. He passed
along his deep love and respect for the natural world and animals, especially dogs, to
his daughters, and was surrounded by friends, family and their dogs in his final weeks.

He was a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd, and served on the vestry. He
was a long time member of the Capital City Kiwanis Club, where he served as president
and treasurer for several years. He was a volunteer with the Wake Literacy Council for a
short time, and served Meals on Wheels every Thursday for 20 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wake County Meals on Wheels, or Wake
County SPCA. The family will receive friends at the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home from
6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, February 7.

The funeral service will be held Friday, February 8 at 11:00am, at The Church of the
Good Shepherd, followed by a reception at the church and interment with military
honors at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bryan-Lee Funeral Home.


Visitation

02/07/2019

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh

In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to Wake County Meals on Wheels or Wake County SPCA.

Service

02/08/2019

11:00 am

The Church of the Good Shepherd
125 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, 27603

Reception follows Service at Church, and Interment with Military Honors to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Guestbook

  1. william mcgrail

    Jim Dad,
    Thank you for your service in WWII, and driving all these many years for Meals on Wheels.
    We only met once, but I enjoyed your Spartan ways and Depression-era sense of the finiteness …You leave behind loving daughters and their troves of stories about you. And I am still laughing about the monkey that bit you..sorry!
    RIP
    Bill McGrail

  2. Floyd Timothy Moore

    Sorry for your lost…he seems to have lived a bit longer life than my dad, but just as full…he was quite a memorable man….

  3. MargaretClemmons

    Anne, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Sounds like he had a full life that he enjoyed very much. You and your family are in my prayers.

  4. Nan and Jack Boyne

    We’ve known Jim as both a longtime neighbor and fellow church member and have always regarded him with amazement and fondness. We’d spot him all over town in his vintage orange Datsun and watch him from across the street climbing up a ladder to his second story roof, and this was fairly recently. He was always cheerful and independent, and we will miss him.

  5. Anika Prather

    Caroline, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like such an amazing man. I am praying for God to comfort your hearts.

  6. Becky Procter

    Dearest….Caroline, Anne, and Amy, and dear Amanda…..
    Oh how I loved your dad?uncle ….! as you know EVERYONE LOVED YOUR DAD…..
    My heart and soul carries oh so so many joy filled memories of tennis with your dad and my dad week after week on the tennis courts at our little heaven on earth RALEIGH RAQUET CLUB… These amazing gentlemen playing tennis like they were 52 but the records show that they were 85 and 88 and 92 and yes 95 as they ran for that little yellow ball and then hit winners that no one on the other side of the net was going to ever touch. Seeing our dad’s share ‘FLIGHT OF HONOR” …. THE GREATEST GENERATION FOR SUR E….. AND SHARING THE JOYS OF CONCERTS… ARTIE SHAW…. AND OTHERS….
    These memories will live in my heart for the rest of my life and I do know that Jim and dad are on those glorious heavenly tennis courts right how having a super game of tennis with two other buddies that they lined up for a doubles match.
    Your fathers eyes danced with delight as he spoke of “his girls”…..
    I cherish my time with your father on and off the courts.
    I am blessed to have been able to visit him in his home after he stopped playing tennis these past few years…… We would laugh and relive lots of happy times…
    My coach my friend….. so gracious … so caring….I shall hear your father say “HEYYYYYY Becky” with that wonderful song in his voice … his warm warm welcome that he extended to all.
    Love and prayers are with you all at this difficult time ….. How blessed I was to know James Landis Chavasse “jim” Love, Becky Procter

  7. Henry and Christy Cabaniss

    To the family- There seems to never be a right time to lose your father. My condolences my love and support go to you all, at this time of shock, change, and re-integration. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do.

    Mr. Chavasse- Thank you for your service! Thank you for the culture that you and your wife brought to your family and thank you for the wonderful spirit it brought to all those that it touched. Selfishly, I know that the wonderful foundation that you brought to your daughters and my friend Caroline, gave her such wonderful structure to grow through, around, and above; and that brought me great joy and awareness, that I treasure.

    I wish I could be there to honor you in person and to give hugs to Caroline and Amy and Louis and Franny. God bless you all!

  8. Everett Boykin

    The famous 1971 orange Datsun station wagon and Jim were well known and loved by folks
    all over Raleigh. I once half-hearteningly offered Jim my 1984 Jaguar XJ6 sedan , in an even swap,
    for his Datsun. Kindly and politely he declined my offer. So a week or so later about six of his
    friends and myself greeted Jim as he entered the RRC for one of his weekly matches (I think he
    played everyday). Making sure he was on court and playing we proceeded to go to the parking
    lot and carried the Datsun as far away as one can while staying on the RRC property.
    Later, we found Jim walking around wondering where he parked his car. We pretended to help in the search but I think there was a little too much smirking and smiling for Jim not to
    catch on to our prank. This was about as close as I have ever come to hearing Jim speaking
    unkindly about any of his club member friends. It was our privilege to know him and share
    time with such a special human. Surely God smiled when he greeted Jim on February 4, 2019.

  9. Jeb Byers

    Jim was a special friend, not only because of his long loyalty to CCS (he attended past 75th reunion as I recall), but also because he was a classmate and fellow football player with my father, also class of 1939. My favorite Jim Chavasse story was a decade or so ago when Jim, long past 80 years of age, won the Reunion Weekend Tennis Tournament over a person 50 years younger than he. He walked up the hill from the courts, had a glass of water, and reported to a friend that he didn’t feel good. After a short period, it was determined that Jim should be checked out by a physician, which led to heart surgery to implant a stent the next day. Sure enough, Jim returned the next year and once again swept to tournament victory over much younger opponents. He was characteristically modest about his victory. He was a great treasure to us at Christchurch School and an example of good living for us all. He made a life of community, friendship and commitment and we will miss his kind spiri t among us. John E Byers “JEB” Head of Schoo/Christchurch School/Virginia

  10. Ty Hartwell

    I was so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a good friend. I enjoyed playing tennis with him for several years and meeting with him at Kiwanis club. He was a very kind and caring person and a terrific tennis player. He had a terrific drop shot that drove me crazy when I played against him. I will miss seeing him at Kiwanis club each week and seeing him drive his Datsun , and I will miss chatting with him and enjoying his wonderful sense of humor. I also enjoyed meeting all his daughters in the past month. I feel lucky to have know Jim. I was so sorry to miss his funeral due to being in the hospital at the time.

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