Okley A. Chapman, 89, of Mt. Sterling, who was a great husband, father and grandfather and well dedicated to God and his church, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Court House Manor.
He was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Milton, West Virginia. He was the son of the late Rudolph and Garnet (Miller) Chapman.
Okley was a devoted deacon and member of the Mt. Sterling Freewill Baptist Church.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and retired from American General Life and Accident.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Brenda Bills; grandson, Chuckie Carter; great-grandson, Ashton Rowe; three brothers; and two sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Mettie Chapman; daughter, Marilyn (Chuck) Carter of Mt. Sterling; grandchildren, Toni (Keith) Ferguson, Marcia (David) Boeck, Pamela (Greg) Neer, Jessica (John) Harrison, Dave (Kim) Carter & family, Doug (Marta) Carter & family, Bert Carter & family, and Jennifer Carter & family; great-grandchildren, Tiffany (Chris) Spaulding, Melissa, Aaron and Austin Rowe, Heather Liff, Hunter (Faith) Ferguson, Mason Ferguson, Jake and Daisy Harrison; great-great-grandchildren, Treyce and Lani Spaulding, Lorraine and Remi Shepherd; many nieces and nephews; special niece, Karen Delany; and was blessed with a multitude of church family and friends.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling, Rev. Densil Wright and Pastor Jerry Galloway officiating. The interment will follow in Waterloo Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
Those serving as pallbearers are Aaron and Austin Rowe, Hunter and Mason Ferguson, Ken Miller, and J.D. Bowman III. Honorary pallbearers are J.D. Bowman IV, who will carry Okley’s Bible, along with Deacons of his church Rick Williams, Darrell Wright, and Bob Armentrout.
The family would like to thank the staff of Court House Manor and Heartland Hospice of Circleville for all their loving care in this transition.
Family suggest memorial contributions to Court House Manor, 555 Glenn Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160; or Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Rd., Circleville, OH. 43113.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal