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SALISBURY — Chuck Chapman, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 14 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., and raised in Queens, N.Y., the son of Charles Chapman and Lillian Snyder.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Nancy Chapman; daughters from his first marriage, Jennifer Chapman of Novato, Calif., and Elissa Joan of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Nancy's daughter and son-in-law, Eden and Michael Schofield; and three grandchildren, Emily, Luke and Ben Schofield, who reside in Public Landing, Md. He is also survived by family members in New York, his sister, Eileen Newberg; her children, Susan Felsen and David Newberg; and their children, Bill Felsen, Andrew and Haley Newberg; and two brothers through extended family, Joel and Barry Mallin. He leaves many other loving friends from a large church and recovery family.
Chuck's work in railroad transportation law took him to Chicago, St. Louis, New York, Washington, Michigan and finally to St. Mary's, Ga., where he spent the last 17 years of his career with Gilman Paper Co. as president of the St. Mary's Railroad while living on Jekyll Island, Ga. In 2005, he and Nancy retired and moved to Salisbury to be near grandchildren. Chuck's deep faith led him to volunteer with Hospice, St. Mary's Rotary Club, Jekyll Island Methodist Church and Oak Ridge Baptist Church. He felt a special calling to prison ministry, beginning with Kairos in Georgia, which eventually led him to establish Celebrate Recovery Inside on the Eastern Shore at Eastern Correctional Institute and Poplar Hill. Chuck believed that love is action, and was deeply committed to his family, friends and fellowship groups.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Oakridge Baptist Church designated for Celebrate Recovery Inside.
Published in The Daily Times on Aug. 16, 2012