Jim was born to Rev. Walter C. and Ethel Hall Chapman. His first marriage was to Vella Esque. Jim and Vella divorced. Later he married Sylvia Plybon Safford. No children. Jim served in the US Navy during WWII. He was a plumber and also business agent for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local# 521. He was a member of the VFW Post 1064, DAV Chapter 2, Elks Club PBOE Lodge #313 and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #521. Jim died at St. Mary's Hospital.