Kemper Lewis Chapman
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Kemper Lewis Chapman
  • October 30, 1921 - March 11, 2015
  • Grottoes, Virginia

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Kemper Lewis "Kelly" Chapman, Jr., 93, a resident of Grottoes, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at his home.

He was born on October 30, 1921 in Augusta County and was the son of the late Kemper L. and Verdie Long Chapman.

Kelly lived in the New Hope area all of his life and was a graduate of New Hope High School. During WWII, he served in the 8th Air Force and was stationed in Europe. He was a member of the Middle River Church of the Brethren where he was a Sunday school teacher and served as Chairman of the Board. He was also a member of New Hope Ruritans for more than 60 years and received the Tom Downing Award. He was Past National Ruritan President serving in 1969, Grottoes VFW Post #04698, and Past President of New Hope Telephone Company for 42 years. Around 1960 he started Boy Scout Troop #86. He was a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society and owned a 1957 Corvette, which he dearly loved. Kelly was employed with DuPont for 41 years and retired in 1982.

On May 4, 1946 he married Earline S. Chapman, who preceded him in death on May 7, 2009.

He is survived by a son, Gary W. Chapman and wife, Sue, of Waynesboro; a daughter, Debra L. Chapman-Otero and husband, Craig, of Long Island, NY; three granddaughters, Nikki and Kristy Chapman and Paris Otero; one great-grandson, Duke Chapman Shytle; one sister, Beth Stanley of Tallahassee, FL; special nephews, Kemper and Jerry Shreckhise; special niece, Bobbie Neighbors; and special friends, Mark Mehler and Francis Stout; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Irene Chapman, Angeline Newman, Karrol Neighbors and Blanche Shreckhise.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 14 at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Alley and Rev. Jonathan Ytterock officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church.

Private burial will be held earlier in the day at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Chapman Education Fund, c/o Ruritan National Foundation, P. O. Box 487, Dublin, VA 24084-0487.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyweyerscave.com.