Darrell A. “Chappy” Chapman
October 04, 1933 ‒ June 17, 2010
Darrell A. “Chappy” Chapman, age 76, of Edison died Thursday morning, June 17, 2010 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, after a lengthy battle with emphysema.
He was born on October 4, 1933 in Hico, West Virginia the son of the late Frank K. and Annie E. (Hicks) Chapman.
Darrell grew up in Hico. His loyalty to his country led him to leave school early and enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He served 3 years during the Korean War.
After his honorable discharge he returned to Hico, where he married Rheba “Joy” Childers on January 2, 1954. Shortly thereafter they moved to Marion where they resided for 40 years until moving to Edison where he realized his dream of building his farm and raising his Sulky horses.
Darrell worked for 20 years for Tecumseh where he retired the day they closed their doors in the ‘80’s. His fulltime employment with Tecumseh was a side job to fund his true loves; raising and racing horses and working on cars. Darrell always owned a business and people would come from Marion and Morrow Counties to have Chappy work on their cars or trucks. A mechanic all his life, his daughter said, “There wasn’t anything he couldn’t build, rebuild, tear out, and repair”. In regards to horses he told his wife he was most happy when he was raising his Sulky horses.
For the past seven years he and his brother, Charles, owned and operated Chappy Brothers Hydraulics on North Main Street in Marion.
Darrell was a man of nature and could spend hours roaming through the woods in search of the Ginseng Root. He also enjoyed playing poker with his buddy’s in Edison.
He was a member of the Columbus Trotter Association and the Masonic Lodge in rural Marion.
Darrell will be remembered as a man with an unbreakable spirit; a strong man, always able to see the humor in any situation. While only 5’4” his family described him as a gentle giant and strong as an ox. He was a natural born leader whose presence commanded respect.
In addition to his wife he will be missed by his two daughters Debra A. Boles and Rhonda Dickerson and her husband David all of the family farm in Edison; three grandchildren Edward Dickerson, Christopher Dickerson and his wife Jenna, and Nichole Dickerson; a great grandson Colton Dickerson; and seven siblings Lucy and Tom Pondek of Severna Park, Maryland, Jack Chapman of Marion, Donald and Alice Chapman of Hico, West Virginia, Charles and Patty Chapman of Marion, Sharon and Mike Truslow of Verona, Virginia, and Joan and Tommy Tanner of Hico, West Virginia.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death his grandson Richard Scott Boles and two brothers James and Bacil.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday June 19, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center Street, Marion. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Additional funeral services and burial will take place in West Virginia.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Lung Association.
For those wishing to express their condolences to Chappy’s family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.