He was born Oct. 1, 1928, to John Fletcher Sr. and Georgia Brook Chapman in Union Point. He graduated from Union Point High in 1945. He then attended Piedmont College. After college he served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was on the Union Point City Council; he served as chairman on the pastor search committee for Bethesda Baptist Church as well as a deacon of the church and church treasurer. He worked as a maintenance director for the Union Point Housing Authority; he was a paramedic for Greene County and Morgan County EMS for many years until his retirement. He moved to Clayton in 1998 after the death of his wife in 1997. He then worked at Winn-Dixie in Clayton part time until it closed.
Mr. Chapman was preceded in death by his loving wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Taylor Chapman, in October 1997.
He is survived by: a sister: Patsy Lewis of Macon; a brother, James Fred Chapman of Goose Creek, S.C.; and two sisters-in-law, Lynda (Emory) Hubbard of Clayton and Martha Wilson of Madison. He is survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own: Terri Hubbard Gaston of Robinson, Tammy Hubbard English of Clayton, Lee Hubbard of Mount Airy, Eddie Manders, Beth Manders (Ryan) Cathey and Brooke Manders Dorsey, all of Madison, Stan Lewis of Washington, D.C., Donna Hamilton of Auburn, Ala., Benjie Lewis of Haddock and Jenny Lewis, Sandi Chapman, Dennis Chapman, Steve Chapman and Joey Chapman, all of Goose Creek; great-nieces and great-nephews, Jamie Gaston of Clayton, Jenny Gaston Reeves of Eatonton, Tim Hubbard of Gainesville, Kim Gaston of Sharon, Katie English Welch of Rabun Gap, Sally English (Josh) Bussey of Mountain City, Robby Hubbard of Mount Airy, Madyson Dorsey, Smith and Lofton Cathey, all of Madison; and numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday at Bethesda Baptist Church with the Rev. Lem Clark officiating. Burial followed at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne Jackson, Franklin Combs, Tony Fowler, Richard Cronic, Allen Griffith and Rueben Worthen. Sandy Clark sang “Sweet Beulah Land” and “Rock of Ages” at the funeral service. Jay Dominy played “Amazing Grace” at the graveside service on bag pipes. Bobby Jones and Robert Harold Kendricks, both of Crawfordville, presented the flag to Patsy Lewis.
Metro Embalming and Crematory of Conyers were in charge of arrangements.
The Clayton Tribune, March 29, 2012