Will Stewart Chapman, Jr.

Published 9:41 am Wednesday, March 13, 2013

ATMORE – Will Stewart “Bill” Chapman, Jr., 84 of Atmore,   passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Atmore.

He was a native of Birmingham and grew up in Jackson and was a graduate of Jackson High School, then later moved to Atmore in 1968. Bill was president and manager of Chapman Ace Hardware, Inc. for 30 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, PCA  Atmore.  He loved the outdoors and many sports, including, hunting, fishing, golfing and archery. He was loved dearly by his wife and children and they will greatly miss his wonderful sense of humor and loving kindness.

His parents, Dr. Will Stewart and Mary Bird Chapman Sr.; sister; Mary Chapman (John) Granade; his in-laws, Marilyn Noble (Roy) Jensen; and brother-in-law, James Lowder, preceded him death.

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Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Nancy Noble Chapman; children, Will C. (Janice) Chapman, Bess Chapman (Richard) Maxwell, Gretchen Chapman (Steve) Odham and Rebecca Chapman (James) Williamson; grandchildren, Will Stewart (Maya) Chapman, III, Mallory Maxwell (Brad) Downey, Chapman Richard (Katie) Maxwell, Hannah Stephens, Bess Tyler, Jamie Williamson (Jack) Hazelrig, Ann Williamson (Kory) Doyle; great grandchildren Charlee Chapman, Mary Virginia Wood, Abigail Wood, Leslie Downey, Harrison Downey, Warner Maxwell, Douglas Maxwell and Caroline Doyle; sisters- in-law, Shirley Noble Lowder, Margie Noble Reid; brothers-in-law, Frank J. (Debby) Noble, Chet C. (Rebekah) Noble and Wesley M. (Charlene) Noble. He also leaves to mourn him many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March, 12, 2013, from the First Presbyterian Church, PCA. in Atmore with the Rev. Jim Thorpe officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation was held Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church, PCA. in Atmore.

Active pallbears were Stewart Chapman, Chapman Maxwell, Brad Downey, Brett Wood, Jack Hazelrig and Kory Doyle. Honorary pallbearers were I.G. Nichols, Jack Sharpless, Giles Chapman, Jimmy Cleiland, Jerry York, Robert Johnson, Steve Shirley, Bert Rice, Milton Adams, Gene West, Dennis Bilbo, Karl Robinson, Chuck Dettling, James Burkett and Carlton Sharpless.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was  in charge of arrangements.