2017-10-05 / Obituaries

Chapman

Maree Dunn Chapman, 92, was born Aug. 3, 1925, the eldest of 10 to John Tennyson Sr. and Gena Gray Dunn.

Surviving siblings are: Rose Ester Crenshaw and Goldia Jean Hart. Our loving mother (granny, aunt and friend) passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2017. Music softly played at her bedside as she took her last breath in complete peace.

Raised in Lasca, she worked alongside family in cotton fields and a vegetable garden. Her favorite spot, however, was at her mother’s side preparing meals. She and her mother prepared many meals for the men who were in the fields from daylight to dark. She spoke fondly of her parents’ love and dedication to each other. Her sewing skills were acquired under the tutelage of her mother.

She left Lasca and moved to Grove Hill upon high school graduation. She’d heard that a “Mr. Gordon was looking for someone to work in his dry good store.” Taking flight, before her dad returned from the fields, she began her lifelong adult life in Grove Hill. She soon met her future husband (Morgan), married and raised two children: James Morgan Chapman Jr. (Carolyn) and Rebecca Chapman Windley ( John). Grandchildren include: Phillip Alton Chapman (Dana), Steven Wheeler Chapman (Wendy), Cindy Maree Chapman, Catherine Camille Sanders (Sandy) and Elizabeth Anne Clark ( Joel). Great-grandchildren: Nathaniel Daniel Chapman, Kaela Chapman, Windley Sage Sanders, Keller Grey Sanders, Von Wheeler Chapman and Luella Scout Clark.

Our mother will be greatly missed. The joy of knowing that she lives in a glorious, wonderful place free of any physical or mental stroke barriers help heal our loss.

The service was Sept. 30 at Grove Hill Baptist Church in Grove Hill with Dr. Tony Meinhardt officiating. Interment followed at the “old” Grove Hill Cemetery.

“Everyone the Father gives to me come to me; I will never turn away anyone who believes in me. He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give new life to our mortal bodies through his indwelling Spirit. My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope. You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.” Extracted from The Committal of The Book of Common Prayer.

Survivors include her son, James Morgan (Carolyn) Chapman Jr.; daughter, Rebecca Chapman ( John) Windley; sisters, Golda Jean Dunn Hart and Rose Ester Dunn Crenshaw; five grandchildren, Phillip Alton (Dana) Chapman, Steven Wheeler (Wendy) Chapman, Cindy Maree Chapman, Catherine Camille (Sandy) Sanders and Elizabeth Anne ( Joel) Clark; six great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Daniel Chapman, Kaela Chapman, Windley Sage Sanders, Keller Grey Sanders, Von Wheeler Chapman and Luella Scout Clark.

Preceding her in death were her husband, James Morgan Chapman Sr.; parents, Gena Gray Luker Dunn and John Tennyson Dunn Sr.; five brothers, John Clyde Dunn, John Tennyson Dunn Jr., David Allen Dunn, James Larry Dunn and Woodie Gene Dunn; and two sisters, Jessie Lee Dunn Stringer and Nancy Jeanine Dunn.

Pallbearers were Joe Allen Dunn, Tennyson Dunn, Sandy Sanders, Joe Coe, John Northcutt and Verne Royster.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 1655 McGill Ave., Mobile, AL, 36604.

St. Stephens Funeral Home directed. (38-1tp)

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