Christine Ann Chumney
Birth: December 11, 1970
Death: August 13, 2007
Christine Ann Chumney of Dothan died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. She was 36.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Harper's Joy Assembly of God Church with Rev. Eddie Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time. The family will receive friends at the home of Sharon and Paul Yon, 832 Metcalf Street in Cottonwood and at the family residence, 85 Commerce Street in Cottonwood.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, P.O. Drawer 2127 Dothan, AL 36302.
Mrs. Chumney was born Dec. 11, 1970 in Orlando, Fla., and was a resident of Dothan for the past 20 years. She was the daughter of Daniel Richard Fisher and Gennevieve Dann Fisher. Christine graduated from Colonial High School in Orlando and later attended Wallace Community College where she earned her nursing degree. While attending Wallace College, she was recognized for her academic achievements including the honor of being selected to be listed on the dean's list and the president's list. She was a member of Harper's Joy Assembly of God Church.
Mrs. Chumney was preceded in death by her mother, Gennevieve Fisher.
Survivors include her father, Daniel Richard Fisher of Cottonwood; two daughters, Chelsea Chumney, Ally Chumney, both of Cottonwood; two brothers, Bryan Fisher of Deltona, Fla., Dan Fisher Jr. of, Louisiana; two sisters, Karen Cruse of Deltona, Sharon Pickens Yon of Cottonwood; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, (334) 702-1712, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.southernheritagefh.com. This obituary was originally published in the Dothan Eagle.
Matt Boster - Nov 15 2011
Today Judge Moulton sentenced James Allen Chumney to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife Christine Chumney.
Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Chumney back in August 2007 on the murder charge. Investigators charged him with Murder after he allegedly fatally shot his 36-year-old wife. Chumney told investigators shortly after the murder that the “gun went off accidentally three times.”
Mrs. Chumney was shot three times with a 9mm handgun, once in the head, once in the chest and once in the abdomen area. District Attorney Doug Valeska said during the guilty plea hearing. She was shot to death at the couple’s home south of Dothan.
Chumney’s attorney Terry Bullard, the said his client had spent nearly three years after his arrest at Taylor Hardin, a state mental health facility. Chumney had contended at several hearings that he was not competent to stand trial before pleading guilty Wednesday.
According to Chumney’s Attorney Terry Bullard, His client received the minimum sentence due to his mental problems, and that at the time of the shooting he was on pain medication and this contributed to the outcome of that night.
According to Bullard, I’m convinced that at the time of the shooting he did not know what he was doing, because he’s often referred to it as an accident. Yet accident or no I am still guilty Chumney stated.