TALLADEGA - Funeral services for Charles Andrew Chappell, 81, of Talladega will be Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Usrey Funeral Home of Talladega. Rev. Ricky Milford will officiate and burial will be in Pine Hill Memorial Park. His family will receive friends Sunday from 12:30 till service time.
Mr. Chappell passed away Feb. 22, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Chappell was a native of Kansas and attended Gallaudet Day School in St. Louis. He moved to Talladega at the age of 12 with his parents, William C. and Grace Galloway Chappell. He graduated from ASD in 1952 and then attended Gallaudet College. He was inducted into the ASD Hall of Fame in 1991, received the NAD Golden Hand Award in June 2003, was an Honorary lieutenant colonel for the Alabama State Militia, April 1977, for Gov. George Wallace. He received the AAD Distinguished Service Award in 1985, and received the AAD Loyal Service Award in 1987. He was a lifetime blood donor, contributing more than 30 gallons, was a longtime leader in the Deaf and Hearing Community, and an honorary lifetime member of AAD. He also worked at Bemis Company and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Alabama football fan.
Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria Perhai Chappell' children, Randall A. Chappell (Sheila), Rebecca C. Taylor (Danny) and Rosemary C. Guy (Ron); grandchildren, Summer Chappell, Andrew Chappell, Zoe T. Rose, William "BJ" Chappell, Krystal Thompson, Ross Harry, Abbie Taylor and Ryan Chappell; great-grandchildren, Bayleigh Akins and McKenzie Rose; five stepgrandchildren and numerous stepgreat-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lucille Chappell; nieces, Pat Williams and Brenda Battles; nephews, Charles Chappell, Harry Hellon and Billy Hellon.
Pallbearers will be Andrew, William and James Ryan Chappell, Ross Harry, Eric Guy and Patrick Robinson. AAD members will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to ASDAA Hall of Fame, c/o Jerry Shaw, 1139 Shady Lane Circle, Talladega AL 35160 or AAD Scholarship Fund for YLC c/o of Rann Gordon, 1301 Campbell Lane, Talladega, AL 35160.
Special thank you to caregivers Jerry and Cynthia Shaw.
On line condolences can be sent to www.usreyfuneralhome.com.
Usrey Funeral Home will direct the service.