Makres, James Christopher Thomas

Retired School Bus Driver, Custodian, And Groundskeeper

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024
James Christopher Thomas Makres
James Christopher Thomas Makres

James Christopher Thomas Makres passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2024. He was 71.

Born in Gadsden, Al., on August 17, 1952, James' family moved to Chattanooga in the mid 1960s where he attended Brainerd Jr. High and Brainerd High school where he enjoyed playing the clarinet in the band.

James graduated from UTC with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and history. He moved to Blue Ridge, Ga. in the 1970s where he taught school. Later he was employed as a school bus driver, church custodian and groundskeeper for St. Augustine church on Signal Mt. and as a courier for Cornerstone Community bank until his retirement.

James was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher Thomas Makres and Bessie Connell Makres and a brother, Chris Thomas Makres Jr. who died in infancy. He is survived by his sisters, Angeline Christine Makres Gann, Theodora Dena Makres Sayne (Mike) and his nephew, Adam Reagan Sayne, with whom he shared a birthday.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. A funeral service will follow at noon with internment at Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Highway 153 immediately after the service.

James will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is asleep in the arms of Jesus and we look forward to the grand reunion to come.

In lieu of flowers we ask that memorial contributions be directed to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church - Philoptochos Women's Society.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com

Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, East Ridge, Tn., has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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