Emmalene (Phea) Chatman (1928 - 2018)

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Emmalene (Phea) Chatman, 89, of Lubbock, left her Earthly body to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Emmalene was born to Theodore, Sr. and Mattie Dodd Phea in Bonham, TX on September 17, 1928, the only girl of 5 children. She attended public schools in Bonham and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School where she was involved in many school activities and played point guard on the varsity basketball team for 3 years. She graduated from Wiley College in Marshall, TX in 1950 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In that same year, she was initiated into her beloved Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. In 1951, she moved with her mother and father to Lubbock, TX where she began her teaching career in Lubbock ISD at Ella Iles Elementary School. In 1952, she and 8 other young women petitioned to the Sorority's National office to establish a chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in Lubbock. The petition was approved and in November of 1952, the Delta Xi Sigma Chapter was established.

In May of 1955 she married Dr. J. A. Chatman. To this union 3 children were born, Mattie Jolyne, who died shortly after birth, Alvin, and Michael. During this time, she took a sabbatical from teaching in order to raise her children. After her husband's untimely passing in 1967, she returned to teaching. She taught English at Sanders and Wester Elementary.

Emmalene was a devoted Christian and was active in the church. In her earlier years, she was affiliated with the CME church. She attended Carter's Chapel CME where she was a Stewardess and Lay Leader. She also chaired several different committees. She was honored with the Northwest Texas Conference Laymen of the year in 1977 and was recognized as the Stewardess President of the Northwest Texas Conference from 1974-1984. She later joined Christ Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop W. D. Haynes. Mother Chatman, as she was affectionately called, was President of the Home and Foreign Mission for many years until she was no longer able. For many years she was called upon to be a guest speaker for the church's Women's Day programs.

She would often be found playing football with her boys in the front yard, or running around the school with and after them. She loved playing golf, and was an amateur photographer. For many years she worked for the American Heart Association providing free blood pressure screenings at nursing homes or wherever the service was needed. She was also a member of the Court of Calanthe.

Emmalene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Joe, Ted, James, and Bobby, daughter Jolyne, and Step sons Harold, Valton, and J. L. She leaves to cherish her memory son Alvin of the home, former daughter in law Dorothy Ford-Chatman of Lubbock, and son Michael and Dr. Rochelle Chatman of Georgetown, TX., sister in law, Dorothy (Homer) Phea Norville, 12 Grandchildren, Sherrill (Joe) Hearne, of Dallas, Ashley and Kimberly Chatman of Lubbock, Justin Chatman of Iowa City, IA, Jeffery (Laytayshia) Chatman of Cibolo, TX, Dr. Michael, Jr. of Nashville, TN, Marcus Chatman, of Arlington, TX, Randy, Marketia, and Marius Ferrell of Saugus, CA, and Gabrielle and Eric Thomas of Georgetown. 8 Great Grandchildren, Kelsee Hearne, of Dallas, Jeff Jr, Jules, and Jalee Chatman of Cibolo, TX, LaRhonda, Devyn, and Vivian Ferrell of Saugus, CA, and Corde Jackson of Lubbock, and 1 Great Great Grandchild James Kameron Hearne of Dallas. Nieces Dr. Theodora (Van) Phea-Pinnock of Nashville, TN, and Angela (Dana) Phea-Raspberry of Houston. Nephews Joe (Felicia) Phea Jr of Lubbock and Greg (Patricia) Phea of Cedar Park, TX. Goddaughter Sheila (Bobby) Priestly-Hodge of Austin.

Special sons Lawrence (Pop) Wilson, Ron (Catherine) McLaurin of Lubbock, and Douglas (Nita) Wilson of Pflugerville, TX. Special Daughter Phyllis Chapman of Beaumont, TX.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2018