Clyde Lamar Chapman Jr., of Ludowici, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, June 24th at the age of 89, after months of declining health. Born on August 6, 1931, Lamar was a loving husband, father of five, grandfather of fifteen, and great grandfather of nine. A human life is a collection of stories, and Lamar’s life was one of meaningful experiences punctuated with acts that showed the type of man he was, kind, devoted, and patient. At the age of 20, Lamar graduated from North Georgia College and was commissioned into the US Army. After his service to his country as a decorated field artillery officer, Lamar began his second career in the field of education. Lamar educated and inspired young adults as a teacher and coach during his years in the public and private school system. Once retired from the military and education system, Lamar spent most of his free time in pursuit of the things that made him happy: his family, his faith, traveling, reading, woodworking, genealogy research, and gardening to name a few. His final years were spent at Magnolia Manor where he was cherished by his extended family of residents and staff. Throughout his eighty-nine years, Lamar touched the lives of many others. If you asked the people who knew him, you would get a different story about their encounters. However, one common factor in all these stories was his kind nature.
He was loved by many and will be missed greatly.
Survivors are his wife of sixty-seven and one-half years, Jerry Denney Chapman of Richmond Hill; daughters and son-in-law, Gail and Zafer Halabi of Beirut, Lebanon, and Susan Bertolami of Denver, CO; sons and daughters-in-law, Ike and Gina Chapman of Ottawa, IL, Tom and Liz Chapman of Philadelphia, PA, and Sam and Wendy Chapman of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Candace, Liz (Wesley), Souraya (Andrew), Abed (Hala), Alison, Sam, Rami, Christopher, Angie, Kayla (Chris), Zack, Josh, Noah, Spencer, and Melanie; great-grandchildren, Gabe, Charlotte, Israa, Yasmina, Rani, Violet, Ahmad, and Nolen; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 28, at 3 PM in the chapel of Howard Funeral Home with Chaplain Frank Parr officiating. Full military honors will be rendered at the service.
Burial will follow in Jones Creek Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 27 from 3-5 PM at the funeral home.
Remembrances are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.