James "Jim" Chalmers

James William Ryan Chalmers (Jim) entered into heavenly rest on October 13th, 2021. Born on March 11th, 1936 to the late Ryan Young and Ila Taylor Chalmers. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Poultry Science.


Mr. Chalmers retired from ISE America and Chalmers Strawberry Farm, which he owned for 20 years. He was an active member of Smyrna Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder.


Jim was known as The Strawberry Man, The Chicken Doctor, and as Blue Eyes at the dialysis center.


He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Crowe Chalmers (Ebb), a daughter, Donna(Tim) Shealy; a son, Eddie(Susan) Chalmers, brothers, Charles(Joan) and Paul(Brenda) Chalmers; sisters, Mary(Hayne) McCall and Doris(Marshal) Nichols, grandchildren, Collin(Kelli girl) Shealy, Kelli boy(Alaina) Shealy; Stacy(April) Chalmers, Bryan(Danielle) Chalmers, Rachel(Chris) Nelson; and great grandchildren: Parker, Lorelai, Delilah, Hattie, Merritt, Mason, Conner, and Caleb. He was predeceased by a sister, Martha(Herman) Cowan.


Services for Mr. Chalmers will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Reverend Dan Ratchford and Rev. Creighton Jones following a visitation from 1:30-2:30 PM. Burial will follow at Newberry Memorial Gardens.


Active pallbearers will be grandsons: Stacy Chalmers, Bryan Chalmers, Collin Shealy, and Kelli Shealy: great grandson, Parker Chalmers; and friends: Yancy Floyd, Terry Longshore, and Edwin Wicker.


Memorials may be made to the Gideons, PO Box 795, Newberry, SC 29108.



#19 John Cromer 2021-10-25 16:25
Donna, Eddie and families, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you peace and strength during this difficult time.
Much love,
John Cromer
#18 Tommie Ann Coleman 2021-10-17 19:32
So sorry to hear about Jim. Such a nice man.Y'all are in our prayers
#17 Pat Mccullough 2021-10-16 20:51
Donna and family, I’m so sorry
to read about Mr Jim , he was always one of the kindest
Men I’ve know . The last time I talked to him he was selling
Watermelons on Wilson road . We
would always catch up . You all are in my thoughts and prayers . Pat Mccullough
#16 Alice Longshore 2021-10-16 12:54
Ms Evelyn, Donna, Eddie & family, We are so sorry to hear about Mr Jim. He has been a long time friend and was such a good friend. Will miss seeing him at WM and talking with him. Loved his Strawberries. You and ur family are in our thoughts and prayers. Luv y'all. Alice & John Longshore
#15 Jim & Coleen Moskal 2021-10-16 11:57
So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a light upon the world! God blessed anyone who knew and loved Jim. May you cherish all the treasured moments and memories of his life as you go through these difficult times.
#14 christie gardner 2021-10-16 00:26
Mr Jim was a sweetheart and he will be missed by many! Prayers for peace and strength
#13 Robert Dorroh 2021-10-15 15:01
To the family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of my days at Smyrna and seeing Mr Jim . I have many memories of softball games and picking strawberries. Mr Jim was always such a fine, Christian man to be around. I know he will be greatly missed.
#12 Loretta Nichos 2021-10-15 13:25
#11 Loretta Nichos 2021-10-15 13:21
#10 Peggy W Wilson 2021-10-14 21:27
Donna, Tim, Mrs. Chalmers and family:
Words fail to express our sadness at the passing of Mr. Chalmers. Len and I are praying that God will comfort you and keep you in His embrace during this time of sorrow. Jim was a strong, kind, and gentle man who led a life of integrity, and honor. We are all blessed to have known him. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Love, Len and Peggy
#9 Audrey Sease 2021-10-14 16:54
I was so honored to know Mr. Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He certainly lived and served God. He was a true southern gentleman. The world would be a better place if we would live by his example.
#8 Donna and Jimmy Berley 2021-10-14 14:22
Jimmy and I extend our deepest sympathy to each of you. May God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you in your grief.
#7 Susie Patterson Woodward 2021-10-14 13:03
Evelyn and family, I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending love and comfort to you knowing Jim is at peace in heaven.
Much love,
Susie, Logan, Katie and Hanna
#6 Cecil & Leigh Ringer 2021-10-14 12:19
Eddie and Susan:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God bless you all and surround you with His arms of strength and assurance now and in coming weeks!
#5 Bridget Carey 2021-10-14 11:25
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May light eternal shine upon him.
#4 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2021-10-14 09:55
Donna, Tim, Mrs. Chalmers & Family, so sorry to hear about Mr. Chalmers. He was always so sweet & friendly. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending hugs and prayers.
Dan & Robbie
#3 David & Annie Laurie Dorroh 2021-10-13 20:10
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of a wonderful person in Jim. For me, Jim was a great mentor, teammate and spiritual leader. He didn't use a lot of fancy vocabulary to influence folks. He simply lived a sermon everyday. He was a tremendous example during my teen and early adult years. When Annie Laurie came into my life, Jim and his crew made her feel welcomed and loved. She still compares all strawberries to Jim's.

Evelyn, Eddie and "Shorty", he is not gone. He is just getting everything ready up there. And the best of Jim lives in all of you.
#2 Sheriff Lee Foster 2021-10-13 18:49
God has welcomed his faithful servant and friend. What a wonderful man. Mr. Jim was always so kind to me and offered much inspiration. There is no telling how many people he saved to walk wit the Lord. Great respects. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#1 Cindy, Jessi and Sami Pitts 2021-10-13 14:42
I am so sad to hear this news. I don’t remember him not being a part of my life from church, the chicken farm and as a neighbor. There wasn’t a time I saw him that he didn’t stop to speak and have a chat. I will always remember his kindness to stop to get my Pop for church meetings and I bet the two are talking about gardening and Smyrna today.
I will miss him.
My prayers are going up for all of you.
Love y’all,
Cindy, Jessi and Sami Pitts

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