James Chafin
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CHAFIN IV, James Troy "JT"

James Troy "JT" Chafin IV, age 40, of McDonough, died on Monday, June 7, 2021. He was born in Gainesville, Florida to James Troy Chafin III and Sally Turner Chafin on October 23, 1980. JT was an eighth generation Henry County resident growing up in Kelleytown, camping on the farm, active in the McDonough First United Methodist Church, playing sports, Cub and Boy Scouts and in the family's furniture store on the Square in McDonough.

In his too short life, JT had many varied experiences and successes. In 1999 he graduated from Woodward Academy with Honors, excelling in theater and chorus. He attended St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland where the curriculum is reading and discussing the Great Books. Restless and wanting to use his acting skills, he moved to Chicago where he was in the Writing Program at Second City, writing sketches and performing improvisational comedy. Seeking to develop his vocal talents, he moved to Boston, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 2009. JT then briefly sang Jazz professionally in Chicago.

Facing health issues, JT returned to the South and his family's homeplace in Kelleytown which he could now appreciate after living in the North. Always having been a voracious reader he worked on writing a book while dealing with his health challenges. Having the time, he also took the opportunity to mentor elementary school children in reading at the same elementary school that he, his mother, father and sister had all attended. Bright, quick and funny, JT used those skills to charm customers while working in his family's farmer's market in the Chafin Building on the Square in McDonough selling craft beer as the "Beer Guy". He then went to work in Atlanta at the Fresh Market on Peachtree Street as a cashier connecting with and becoming friends with many people as he checked them out. JT's employment at the time of his death was at the law firm of Warren Power in McDonough as a legal assistant working with property titles. His life had come full circle back to his roots in the community he grew up in, where he was related to many people, and connected to members of the local business and legal community. He especially enjoyed looking at the property deeds and seeing names of relatives' and families he recognized and then asking his mother about the relationships and deep-rooted old stories. JT excelled in the arts and appreciated the richness of our community and those relationships.

"JT" is survived by and will be deeply missed by his parents, James Troy and Sally Turner Chafin; sister, Barbara Chafin, as well as uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Dorothy Sirles and James Troy Chafin, Jr. and Barbara Strawn and Zed Monroe Turner; and his aunt, Kathryn Ellen Chafin.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Kelley Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Rev. Carol Kirk officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Skyland Trail at www.skylandtrail.org/support-us/make-a-gift/

Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414..




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Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jun. 11, 2021.
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Deepest condolences. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Timika Woods Dennis
Work
July 13, 2021
Jim and Sally my sincere condolences.
Mackey Steele
June 24, 2021
The retired members of the 94th CES of Dobbins AR Base send their condolences to our Commander Colonel Chafin and his family. You are in our prayers.
Nathanual Williams
Nathanual Williams
Military
June 17, 2021
Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Sally, and my dear cousin Barbara - I love you all and wish I could help in any way. Every day, I think of y’all and I remember and mourn the loss of my amazing cousin JT who delighted me through my childhood and inspired me in my adulthood. I’ll love him and carry him in my heart forever.
Kelley Lind
Family
June 17, 2021
Colonel Chafin, Sally and Barbara, you are in my prayers. Keep your trust in God and he will bring you through this difficult time. Joy will come in the morning.
Cecil Moore
Friend
June 17, 2021
Judge Chafin and family, I am praying for you in this very difficult time. May God give you comfort and peace.
John and Barbara Harrison
Barbara Harrison
Friend
June 15, 2021
May your faith, family and friends comfort you and carry you through your grief.
Jeff and Betty Ward
Friend
June 14, 2021
Monica Dean
June 14, 2021
Please know that Queen and I will continue to lift up your family in our thoughts and prayers. Peace and Blessings.
Scott Mahone
Friend
June 14, 2021
I was saddened to hear of the passing of JT. Such a lovely person, always so friendly, bright. I remember several conversations I had with him over the years where I always felt his warmth, humor, kindness. Praying for you, Jim, Sally and Barbara, that you will always have peace and comfort remembering your memories of JT.
Diane Rosser
Friend
June 14, 2021
What a delightful, thoughtful and talented young man. He was so intelligent and interesting; but moreover, he was always interested in whatever I was involved with. As a gifted musician, he and I chatted about our mutual love of music as well as a diverse array of other subjects. Although I had the opportunity to personally visit with JT only a few times, I thoroughly enjoyed these visits and do so wish there had been more. Now I join countless others who are joyfully remembering his life and grieving the loss of this very special man. Sally, Jim and Barbara may you be comforted by God's love and the thoughts and prayers of all who care so deeply for you.
Nancy Smith
Friend
June 14, 2021
Jim, Sally and Barbara, we are so sad to hear about the loss of JT. Memories of him as a little boy in Kelleytown. Prayers for peace and comfort at this most difficult time.
Mike and Sharon McLendon Family
Acquaintance
June 13, 2021
Jim, Sally and family, I am so sorry about JT. I pray that God fills you with peace, comforts you, and surrounds you with loving friends, family, and special memories.
Michael Patrick
Acquaintance
June 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Your family is in our prayers.
Karen Cook
Friend
June 12, 2021
Peace be with you
Tommy and Sherry Floyd
Friend
June 12, 2021
Judge and Mrs. Chafin....I am so very saddened and sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Brian Johnston
June 12, 2021
Over the past 11 months, I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know James. He was not only a coworker but someone I really enjoyed being around and seeing everyday. He made such an impact in my life in such a short time. He was something truly special. I’m glad that I met him and will deeply miss him. My prayers are with his family.

Kathy Green
Friend
June 12, 2021
Jim, Sally and Barbara, know that Jewell and I are so sad to hear of your loss. May God hold you and and ease your pain. Our thoughts and prayers go out for you.
Rick Berry
Friend
June 12, 2021
Dear sweet friends, our hearts are broken. The world has lost a bright and shining star. Please know we are keeping you in our hearts and prayers as you all through this loss and sad time. So many love you. Jill and Jim
James Stroud
Friend
June 12, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. May God give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. I love you Jimmy and Sally, and will keep you, Barbara, and your entire family in my prayers.
Barbara Bunn Pierce
Friend
June 12, 2021
Our hearts are hurting for your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
Josh and Meredith Thacker, Griffin, GA
Josh Thacker
Coworker
June 12, 2021
Susan and Mike Craig
Friend
June 12, 2021
Jimmy, Sally and Barbara,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Margaret Williams
Family
June 12, 2021
Judge Chafin and family, I am praying for you in this very difficult time. May God give you comfort and peace.
Elizabeth Pier
June 12, 2021
It is with deep sadness we send our condolences! May God place His Arms around each of you and hold you All in the Palm of His Hand!
Roman and Peggy (Barnes) Gau
Peggy Gau
Friend
June 12, 2021
Jim, Sally,Barbara, I am so sorry to learn of your loss, prayers for all. I am sorry that we never got to talk family genealogy with you and JT.
Jo Anne Miller
Family
June 11, 2021
Jim and Sally,
We are so sorry to read of your loss. Cannot imagine your pain. Know that this old rep is thinking and praying for you.
Steve & Ellen Kappel
Friend
June 11, 2021
Dear Jim and Sally,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences. We pray for peace and comfort for you at this difficult time.
Jack and Ashley Parish
Friend
June 11, 2021
Jim, Sally and Barbara; Our thoughts and prayers are offered as your grieve the loss of your precious son. We prayer God's mighty arms wrap you in loving comfort and give you peace.
Don and Stephanie Seeber
Friend
June 11, 2021
Jim, Sally and Barbara,

We are so sorry for your loss. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding, and wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time. We have fond memories of J.T. and Monica being acolytes together at McDonough First, and the birthday parties...Monica still has the little "tooth fairy" teddy bear J.T. gave her. Seems like only yesterday. J.T. was always such a polite and respectful young man. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.. With out deepest sympathy.
Mike, Brenda and Monica
Brenda Craig
Friend
June 11, 2021
OhI wish I could have seen JT perform or heard him singhave heard he was a tremendous talent!!
I don’t have words to relieve your pain and grief but please know you have our thoughts and prayers to heal and live through this terrible loss with God’s loving hand.
Lynn & Wayne Lowrey
Lynn Lowrey
Friend
June 11, 2021
We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with the family.
Timothy & Wendy Gilbert
Friend
June 11, 2021
Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
Jim & Carol McDonald
Friend
June 11, 2021
Judge, Sally and Barbara,
I am so sorry for the pain and sorrow that you must be experiencing right now. Please know that we are sending our love and hugs from afar.
Love, Chris and Paula Mills
Paula Mills
Friend
June 11, 2021
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. May Our Lord comfort you during this time.
Clifford and Bonnie Bray
Friend
June 11, 2021
We are broken-hearted for our whole family. I wish we could relieve some of your grief. You have our prayers that you all may find peace. All our love.
Clinton, Lynda and Troy Aldridge
Family
June 11, 2021
Sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,

Sammy and Kim Craig
Sammy and Kim Craig
Friend
June 11, 2021
Sally,Jim,Barbara,
Our hearts hurt for you all.
May Our Lord and Savior give you comfort and peace
now and forever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Eddie and Jennie Walker
Eddie and Jennie Walker
June 11, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors
June 11, 2021
Will always remember the times we spent in my bookstore. Helping JT to add a set of classic books as he started to college. My love and prayers go out to Sally and Jim.
Ramona Beshear
Friend
June 10, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May God comfort you and hold you close.
Sherry McGee
Friend
June 10, 2021
Jim, Sally and Barbara,
I am so sorry.
Pam Strickland
Friend
June 10, 2021
My heart is sad. Love and Prayers.
Barbara Cook
Friend
June 10, 2021
Mr. and Mrs. Chafin and sweet Barbara -

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May the Lord’s peace and comfort be ever present for your kind family.
Kirsten Welch Scott
Friend
June 10, 2021
Our love and prayers are with you all in this time of loss. May God’s perfect peace guard your hearts and minds.
Dyann and Randy Calvo
Randy Calvo
Friend
June 10, 2021
I was so glad that JT and I could reconnect at Judge Chafin’s retirement after being childhood friends for many years. I just wish we could’ve found the time for that dinner and “hang out” we discussed. My heart breaks for the entire Chafin family and will continue to pray for them and JT.
Vinny Lotti
June 10, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss
Connie Klopfenstein
Acquaintance
June 10, 2021
My fondest memory of JT was working on a recording with him. He was a real musical talent, and his sense of humor made the whole project a joyful endeavor.
Ralph and Cindy Jennings
Friend
June 10, 2021
I am so glad that I got to see JT recently. He was impressive and had such a wonderful voice. His telephone voice made me think I was talking to his dad. I could see why my best friend growing up (Tony Malizia) wanted JT to help him with the Urological Foundation. I will never forget the smiles that JT brought to my face. I will miss him dearly and cherish the wonderful memories I have had with JT. May God bless all of you and feel comfort in knowing that he was so highly respected by Sharon and myself. We love your family and pray for you during the world’s loss of JT. Joe & Sharon Chafin
Joe and Sharon Chafin
Family
June 9, 2021
Such a brilliant talented young man. You will be missed but always remembered.
Jennifer Starr Austin Bass
Friend
June 9, 2021
So sorry for you all. My prayers for you.
Marion Stanton
Friend
June 9, 2021
Brie Smith
Friend
June 9, 2021
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