Robert Hartley Chapman, 81, of Proctorville, died peacefully at home Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Robert was the youngest of eight children, born Dec. 15, 1932, to Lonard and Liva Chapman of Chesapeake. He was a 1950 Chesapeake High School graduate. Robert joined the Army soon thereafter and was honorably discharged.
He was a member of the Proctorville Masonic Lodge No. 550 F&AM and a member of First Baptist Church of Proctorville and the Progressive Sunday School Class. He retired from CSX Transportation with 42 years of service, working his way from laborer to a management position with the Russell Car Shops. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Harold Chapman and Edgar Chapman; his sisters, Ruth Chapman Dalton, Helen Richardson, Frieda Mitchell and Louise Lambert.
Surviving and left to mourn his passing is his loving wife of 58 years, Carole Wooten Chapman; his daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Judge Charles Cooper, of Ironton; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Hartley and Debra Chapman, of Smithfield, Va.; his brother, Bernard Chapman, of Proctorville; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his only granddaughter, Gretchen Cooper Walsh and her husband Chris, of Columbus; three grandsons, Clark Cooper and his fiancée, Angela Johnson, of Houston, Texas, Brett Chapman (Rosa), of Phoenix, Ariz., and Travis Hartley Chapman (Holley), of Miami; three great-grandsons, Cooper, Beckett and Cullen Robert Walsh; and three great-granddaughters, Luna, Elora and Hartlynn Chapman.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville by pastor Jeff Black. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery. Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home. Robert would hope that he be remembered for being an honorable man, his work ethic and always providing for his family. He believed a handshake was better than any contract and that a man is only as good as his word. And for this lesson and for so many others we shall cherish his memory. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformeory.com/hall.
McKenzie Nicole Ferguson, infant daughter of John and Nicole Ferguson, of South Point, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Rome Cemetery in Proctorville. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point is in charge of arrangements.