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Raymond Chapman

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Raymond Lee Chapman died Sunday, October 23, 2011 after several long battles with serious health issues. He was born in Dallas, Texas, August 14, 1939, to Marie and Homer Chapman where he lived until the age of 5. After graduating from high school in Greenville, TX, Ray went to work for his uncle at Employees Casualty Insurance Co. Not suited to an office environment, Ray joined the Air Force and later began his long career in law enforcement in Giddings, Texas as a city marshal. Ray then took his family to Diboll, TX where he became the first Chief of Police. He later worked in the Angleton police department, was the first police officer in the newly formed police department for the University of Houston, served in the sheriff's departments in Brazoria County and Matagorda County where he was Chief of Detectives, and finally retired as a deputy from Harris County Constable Pct. 5 in 2002 after 42 years in law enforcement.
In 1976, while he was working in Houston, he met the woman who would become his beloved wife, Becky. He knew she needed him after a series of mishaps which included leaving groceries on top of her car and leaving her apartment keys in her door. He spent the next 35 years keeping track of her keys and her heart. Ray also loved photography, and he and Becky traveled to every state in America where he took hundreds of beautiful photos of the countryside. His attire was often notable due to his penchant for bright colorful shirts and socks which, along with his warm heart, would generate smiles from his friends and family. Memories of Papa's/Grandpa's talents on the backyard grill and in the kitchen, and his annual Christmas tree decoration themes were always something special for the family. Ray always fought his illnesses, with Becky at his side, with strength and patience, qualities which defined his life.
He is predeceased by his parents, his loving grandmother Marie Chapman Ownsby, very special Aunt Lillie Brown, and his beloved and deeply mourned eldest son Stan. Ray is survived by his adored wife and partner of 27 years, Rebecca Childress Chapman; son Steve Chapman, his wife Sylvia and his children Caleb and Laney Chapman; Stan Chapman's daughters Haeli Chapman Wey, her husband Matt, and Sarah Chapman; stepchildren Kelly Crews Kolodzey, her husband J.B. and his daughter Lynette Kolodzey; Matt D. Crews, his wife Karen and their children Will Crews, Morgan Miars and Branden Miars; and his daughters in heart Lara Chapman and Kelli Chapman Preston.
Ray Chapman was a very kind and honorable man whose love of God, his family and his church were the most cherished essentials of his life. He was an active member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church where services will be held Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Jim Jackson and Rev. Wick Stuckey officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Chapelwood Foundation, 11140 Greenbay Dr., Houston, 77024.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2011
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