The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 5, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, July 5, 2012


Troxel Dow Chapman

Troxel Dow Chapman, gentleman and a gentle man, died peacefully June 21, 2012, at Laurel Nursing Home at Big Otter, from complications of heart disease.

Born July 1, 1928, he was just nine days shy of his 84th birthday. He was the last survivor of the family of the late Cluster and Dessie Hyer Chapman, and preceded in death by his brothers, Bonnie, Chester, Chris and Bob; grandson, Tommy Allen Davis III; and nephew, Jerry Allen Chapman.

He was a welder at Long-Airdox in Oak Hill for 14 years and retired from Central Appalachian Coal Co., in Montgomery with 17 years of service.

He was a veteran, having served in the Korea War conflict.

Trox loved trains and had a large collection of model trains and accessories. He was a member of the National Historical Railroad Society, The National Wildlife Federation and the Arbor Day Foundation. He loved planting trees and was always planning to plant more.

He was a member of the UMWA.

He graduated from Clay County High School in the Class of 1946. He was a Methodist by faith, having been reared in the Methodist church his mother’s family helped establish.

Trox was a quiet man of gentle voice and never spoke ill of anyone and was a mentor to his family and nieces.

Surviving: his devoted wife of 56 years, Betty Hamric Chapman, who tended and cared for him faithfully until his death; his daughter, Sherrie Davis; granddaughter, Jessica Fowler of Dalton, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Nicholas, both of Dalton, Ga.; and several nieces of whom he was very fond.

Family greeted friends at the Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on June 25.

A private family service was held at his boyhood home he loved and he will rest on the Chapman Family Farm at Ivydale. Committal service was held by Pastor Jerry Bush.

Military graveside honors were conducted by Bluefield Army National Guard.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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