Ralph M. Chapman

Ralph M. Chapman Ralph Milton Chapman, 98, died Saturday December 1, 2012 at Dyersburg Manor in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He was born November 19, 1914 in Calipatria, California and lived most of his life in California. He was a retired accountant, insurance agent, and pastor. During the years he lived in Lindcove he was Pastor of Lindcove Community Bible Church and owner of Woodlake Insurance Agency. Services will be Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Dyersburg. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM and the funeral will be at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wally Bumpas officiating. H.S. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be in Woodlake Public Cemetery in Woodlake, California at a later date. Survivors include his wife Nellie of Dyersburg; two sons Ralph Chapman and wife Cecilia of Woodlake, California and Willis Chapman and wife Melodee of Dyersburg; three daughters: Ideal Curtis and husband Les of Chester, California, Sharon Corkery of Ventura, California, and Saundra Murphy of Ventura, California; 15 grandchildren: Trevor Chapman and wife Christy, Casey Chapman and wife Kerissa, Diane Matlock and husband DJ, Nathan Chapman, Bethany Mayo and husband Josh, Ben Chapman and fiancée Laura North, Hannah Chapman, Kurt Curtis and wife Heidi, Lora, Ellen, Theresa, Judy, Peter, Sherry, and Mary; 4 great-grandchildren Emma Ley, CJ, Olivia, and Mary. He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Chapman; his parents Ralph and Ideal Chapman; and his sister Marvel Withers. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Visalia Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 109, Visalia, CA 93279.


Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Dec. 6, 2012