NORMAN, ARKANSAS – Winifred “Winnie” Chapman passed from this life on January 25, 2020, at the age of 96.
She was born in Fort Worth, Texas on July 8, 1923, the eldest daughter of Russell and Mary Blalock. She was a graduate of Azle High School in 1941; then graduated from Brantley Draughan Business College. She spent most of her life in the Fort Worth area before moving to Arkansas in 2004.
On July 4, 1942, Winnie married the love her life, Sherman Chapman, for which she was able to spend 59 wonderful years before his passing in 2002.
Winnie was a lifelong member of the VFW #10374 and for several years at #8235; member of Eastern Star Chapter #684; Diamond Hill Senior Citizen Center; Diamond Hill Code Blue Citizens on Patrol; member of Metropolitan Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas for many years before moving her membership to Norman First Baptist Church in Norman, Arkansas; and a member of many other organizations.
She loved life and never met a stranger. She loved to play cards, dominoes, and was always up for a great game of bingo. Her family meant the world to her and she was the glue that kept us all pieced together. Her hobbies included sewing, crafting, and volunteering her time to any task at hand.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sherman; sister, Marion Nell McKinney; and three children, Gene Sherman, Edna Beth and Baby Boy Chapman.
Winnie is survived by her son, Richard and wife, Nancy of Stephenville, Texas; daughter, Mildred and husband, Ray of Norman, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Erwin of Nashville, Tennessee; many nieces and nephews; and a host of wonderful friends.
Funeral will be officiated by Brother Rob Loudermilk. Pallbearers: Richard Chapman Jr., Ryan Chapman, Alan Sollien, Austin Wisener, Jacob Bretz, David Moore, CJ Staggs, Wesley Bowers, and Deric Erwin. Honorary Pallbearers: Genesis Cancer Center Staff, with Dr. Fred Divers and Glenwood Family Medicine, with Dr. Matthew Hulsey
A very special thank you to Arkansas Hospice, Elite Home Health Care-Mena, and Montgomery County Assisted Living, for the wonderful care you provided in her final days.
After services in Fort Worth a Memorial service will held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Norman First Baptist Church, Norman, Arkansas.