9/26/1937 - 4/4/2017

WINTER HAVEN - S. Wayne 'Coach' Chapman, 79, of Winter Haven, Florida passed away at home April 4th, 2017.
He had a life-long love affair with milkshakes, Spaghetti Westerns, Elvis music, West Virginia mountains, Snickers candy bars, shooting with Coach Bass, dogs, and football.
He could fix anything, literally anything; except for plumbing, he sucked at plumbing.
He was most proud not of his years of coaching football (Auburndale High School, Morehead State University, Colorado State University, University of Tampa, Youngstown State, and Winter Haven High School) but rather of the impact he had on so many young men's lives. The quote 'He was a hard coach but a good man who made us better men.' has been shared with family many a time. If you ever doubt the hard coach part, ask one of his players about 'the look.'
His children know him to be a macho marshmallow all porcupine on the outside, but with a decidedly mush interior. He had a long history of acquiring 100-pound macho dogs and turning them into overgrown lap dogs (Honey, Sweetie, and Baby Girl).
His world-renowned stubbornness will not be forgotten as he determined when he was done fighting and went out on his own terms.
Known for many fun sayings, including 'That's your problem, you're always thinking!', 'My eyes look like two piss holes in a snowbank.', and 'Look towards Beecher' was always put to good use when one needed to race across the room without clothes. However, he had more recently transitioned to passing on the sage advice of 'Getting old isn't for sissies.'
His career in sports gave him an appreciation of the human form. He could predict with some degree of accuracy a 40-yard dash time would be based on how a kid or an athlete walked. He respected hard workers above all else.
He was born and raised in Barboursville, West Virginia and graduated from Morehead State University where he played football and basketball.
While at Morehead, he met and married his girl for over 45 years Hildreth McBrayer Chapman of Morehead Kentucky.
Preceded in death by: wife, Hildreth; father, A.A.; mother, Pauline Dirton Chapman; sister, Paula White.
Survived by: son, Kevin; daughter, Carla; daughter, Jill (Ethan); son, Darren (A.J., Cole). He is also survived by his loving girlfriend, Pat McCarty, of Winter Haven, who stood by his side providing love and comfort until the end.
He has many in-laws, nieces, and nephews who he loved dearly. Big love to his girls Julie Chapman, Terry Nixon, and Cindy White.
His family is following his wishes of not having a funeral or a burial; Rather, his ashes will be spread alongside his beloved wife's ashes in West Virginia. If you knew him, remember him in your own way, keep your money and have a good time! If you feel the need, in lieu of flowers please donate to
Big love Dad, Grand Daddy Pop, Grand Grad, Papi, Papasan...we will miss you!

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Published by The Ledger from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2017.
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May 9, 2017
Coach Chapman was my high school drafting teacher. He encouraged me to pursue my talent for mechanical drafting which encouraged me to further pursue my intended career choice as a mechanical engineer. Thanks to his encouragement and my hard work I am a successful Sr. Engineer working in the energy industry. Thanks for all the encouragement Coach!
Fred DeLoach
April 11, 2017
Carla, Kevin, Jill and Darren,

I was so sorry to read today about the passing of your father. Your parents were always so nice to me, and I have such wonderful memories of them both, from your mom's shared appreciation of puns to your dad's tireless efforts to teach me how to water ski. My most sincere condolences and best wishes to you all.
Jim Leahy
April 9, 2017
Never met the man until today, drinking coffee and reading the Ledger Obit section. I had to enter his book to say THANK YOU for being on this planet. I could tell he was loved by many and the laughing from his obit sure made my day and how I wished I had met this man....I am sure God is a lot happier now that Wayne has come HOME.....
Pamela Benich
April 9, 2017
Roberta Blair
April 9, 2017
Coach and George will probably be bugging God to let them go shooting.
Nancy Bass
April 9, 2017
We send our thoughts to the family. Wayne was a wonderful man.
Jeff and Shery Wells
April 9, 2017
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