Ralph M. Chapman
Funeral services were held Dec. 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tenn. for Ralph Milton Chapman. The Rev. Wally Bumpas officiated. Burial will be in Woodlake Public Cemetery at a later date.
He died Saturday, Dec. 1, at Dyersburg Manor in Dyersburg at the age of 98.
Ralph was born Nov. 19, 1914 in Calipatria, Calif. and lived most of his life in California.
He was a retired accountant, insurance agent, and pastor. During the years he lived in Lindcove he was Pastor of Lindcove Community Bible Church and owner of Woodlake Insurance Agency.
He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Chapman; his parents, Ralph and Ideal Chapman; and his sister, Marvel Withers.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie of Dyersburg; two sons, Ralph Chapman and wife Cecilia of Woodlake and Willis Chapman and wife Melodee of Dyersburg; three daughters, Ideal Curtis and husband Les of Chester, Calif., Sharon Corkery and Saundra Murphy both of Ventura, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, Trevor Chapman and wife Christy, Casey Chapman and wife Kerissa, Diane Matlock and husband DJ, Nathan Chapman, Bethany Mayo and husband Josh, Ben Chapman and fiancée Laura North, Hannah Chapman, Kurt Curtis and wife Heidi, Lora, Ellen, Theresa, Judy, Peter, Sherry, and Mary; and four great-grandchildren Emma Ley, CJ, Olivia, and Mary.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Visalia Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 109, Visalia, CA 93279.
H.S. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.