Edwin Lee Chappell
Edwin Lee Chappell
  • August 27, 1931 - October 25, 2014
  • Eastland, Texas

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Edwin Lee Chappell was born in El Paso, Texas, August 27, 1931, and died in Abilene, TX, on October 25, 2014.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of sixty years, Laura; daughters, Lee Chappell of Amarillo, TX, Laura Spence and husband Jerry of Abilene, TX, and Kim Feinberg of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his adoring grandchildren and their families, Grady Parr and wife Shelby with their children Kaylee, Connor, and Ansley; Autumn Knapp and children Brooklyn and Boston; Arin Spence-Salas and husband David with their children Aykin and Ayce; Jordan Parr and wife Teresa with their children Aria and Aoife; Alex Feinberg; Ashton Davis and daughter Ava; Leesy Spence; Preston Feinberg; Annie Turlington and husband Tim with their children Jackson, Addi, and Eli; a sister Mary Clayton and her family; a sister-in-law Phyllis Chappell; and nephews Johnny and Jimmy Chappell and their families.
He is reunited with his parents Reverend Phil and Arvalee Chappell; a son, Gil; granddaughter Nadalee; brothers, Phil and Bob Chappell; and a niece Cathy.
Edwin served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He then attended McMurry College where he earned a BA Degree in Education and Philosophy, and a Master's Degree in Administrative Education. He taught in the Abilene Independent School District before attending SMU, where he earned a Master's Degree of Theology, in 1960. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from McMurry University, in 1976. He served congregations of the United Methodist Church and communities throughout Texas and New Mexico, before retiring from First United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1993.
Family, friends, and strangers whose lives were touched by Edwin would say that the world is a better place because of Edwin Chappell.