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Chapman, Abner

Rev. Abner Chapman Buried at Osage

Rev. Abner Chapman, who, if we mistake not, was born and raised at Osage, near Weimar, a son of the late Geo. Chapman and wife, and brother of J. L. Chapman of Garwood, died at Houston early Tuesday and the remains were brought to the Osage Cemetery for burial Wednesday afternoon at 1:30. He was a retired Methodist minister.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena Chapman; two sons, Arthur Chapman of Smithville and Jimmie Chapman of Alto; five brothers, J. L. and W. S. Chapman of Garwood, G. L. and P. A. Chapman of Houston, D. R. Chapman of Bay City. Pall bearers were G. L. Chapman, D. R. Chapman, W. S. Chapman, P. A. Chapman, M. H. Morrow and G. A. Morrow.

Colorado County Citizen, 5 Jul 1935
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht

Chapman, Arthur

DIED, Thursday, Oct 10 of congestion, ARTHUR, the 7 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo, Chapman of this vicinity. He was a bright litle boy, the pride of his parents, and to whom his loss is indeed a heavy one. He was buried in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Friday morning. We extend our condolence to the bereaved father and mother.

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1889
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht

Chapman, Aubrey Irwin

Aubrey Chapman, Postmaster Here Until 1961, Dies

Death claimed one of Colorado county's best known citizens, Aubrey I. Chapman Sr., 68, last Sunday in a San Antonio hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Columbus Funeral home with Rev. Logan Cummins of the Baptist church officiating. Mr. Chapman had been in declining health for some time.

He served as Columbus postmaster from March, 1941 until he retired in May, 1961, He used to operate grocery stores in Columbus and Weimar.

Mr. Chapman served in the Columbus Fire Department for 26 years, retiring Jan. 5, 1953. Many of those years he was president of the department.

He was a member of the Baptist church and of the Masonic lodge here.

Survivors include his widow; 3 sons, James Oliver and Walter Lee Chapman of Houston and Aubrey I. Chapman, Jr. of Dallas; 6 sisters and 2 brothers.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 1965

Chapman, Aubrey Irwin Jr.


Aubrey I. Chapman, 70, died Friday Sept. 27. 1997, at Medical City in Dallas.

A Columbus native, he was the son of Willie Lee and Aubrey I. Chapman Sr.

An engineer, Mr. Chapman's discoveries ranged from a sonar system for submarine identification to laser-guided :smart bombs" used in the Persian Gulf War. He was also the inventor of the only successful terrain-following radar system to date.

Mr. Chapman served in the Navy before graduating summa com laude with a BS degree from the University of Texas School of Engineering. In 1950, he received a MSME from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class. He taught higher mathematics at Harvard University before becoming associated with the Atomic Energy Commission.

Mr. Chapman joined TI in 1950 as assistant design engineer, later becoming head of the control systems branch and a project engineer for several design and development programs. Before retiring, he was a member of the advanced design branch, manager of the mechanical engineering research section and senior member of the technical staff.

Following retirement he founded Focused Energy Technology in Plano.

Services were held Sept. 29 at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas.

Mr. Chapman is survived by wife Rita Ann Chapman; children Charles Chapman, Anne Tatum, Valerie Johnson and Aubrey I. (Trey) Chapman III; daughter-in-law Marie Chapman, sons-in-law Patrick Johnson and Scott Tatum; grandchildren Rachael Chapman, Jacob Tatum and Benjamin Aubrey Tatum, all of the Dallas metropolitan area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Walter Lee and James Olevir[sic].

Memorial donations may be made to the MIT Scholarship Fund, MIT Alumnae Office, Bldg. 10-114, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 1997

Chapman, Cornet Vanlee (Hancock)

Death of Mrs. Cornet Chapman in Houston

When the Mercury printed an item in its columns several weeks ago stating that Mrs. Cornet Chapman and children had gone to Houston to visit for awhile, it little realized at that time that this estimable lady would later be returned home a corpse, but unfortunately such proved to be the case.

Mrs. Chapman had been in ill health for several months. Hoping to secure relief, her children persuaded her to come to Houston for medical attention. It was decided that an operation was necessary, but we understand this was not undertaken owing to her condition and this idea was abandoned. She was given every attention by physicians and children, and at times her condition seemed to improve, but it was only for a little while, and gradually she grew worse, until it was realized the end was near. Tuesday she succumbed to her ailments after a long period of suffering.

The Poor, pain-racked body was tenderly prepared for burial, and on Wednesday morning was transported to this city to be laid to rest by the side of her late husband, Mr. Sam D. Chapman, in the Weimar Cemetery. Rev. Verner Stokes, Baptist pastor, officiated in a touching burial service. The funeral was attended by a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends, attesting the universal popularity in which this good wife and mother was held by all.

Mrs. Chapman (Nee Hancock) was born at Frelsburg, northeast of this place in 1867, and moved to this place in early girlhood with her mother's family, and here practically all her life was spent. Mrs. Chapman was the mother of ten children, all of whom are still living, and the majority are grown and settled in life. The children are Mrs. Sibyl Huntley of Beaumont, Mrs. Georgia Bauer and Mrs. Irma Shackelford and Mrs. Alma McIvor of Houston, Miss Velma Chapman of Beaumont, Miss Van Lee Chapman of Houston, Messrs. S. B. Chapman and S. D. Chapman of Houston, A. I. Chapman and Davis Chapman of Columbus, all of whom were present at the funeral with the exception of Mrs. Shackelford, who was prevented by illness from coming. Several grandchildren are also among the survivors.

The pall bearers were Messrs. Ben B. Holt, G. W. Shaver, Stephen McCormick, Geo. Herder, Jr., Dick and Glenn Garrett.

Mrs. Chapman had ever proved herself a devoted wife and mother. At no time or period of life did her ministrations to loved ones ever falter. She was devotion personified. She was a kind friend and neighbor, a devoted church worker, a member of the First Baptist Church from early girlhood and in her passing all feel keenly the distinct loss they have sustained. A good wife, mother, neighbor and friend has passed unto her eternal reward.

May God in His infinite wisdom comfort the bereaved ones is our sincere and heartfelt prayer.

Colorado Citizen, October 22, 1931
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, David Madison

Mr. Dave Chapman, a respected citizen of Columbus, died at Galveston Wednesday morning. We glean the following particulars of the sad event from the Galveston Evening Tribune.

D. N. [sic] Chapman of Columbus, Texas, a juror in the Untied States court, died this morning at 8:30 o’clock at the Central hotel. The deceased was taken suddenly ill yesterday and rapidly grew worse until he died this morning. A telegram was received from J. J. Oakes to ship the body to Columbus. The remains were taken to the undertaking establishment of Michael & Jacques where they will be embalmed and will be shipped at 7:30 this evening to Columbus. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1893
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Chapman, Davis Hancock


A brain injury suffered in a fall two days earlier became fatal for Davis H. Chapman 49, a few minutes after he had entered Youens Hospital last Friday morning.

He had fallen on a foot-bridge Wednesday night, and by Friday morning was in such pain that he sought help at Youens, Cummins & Fuller Clinic. Advised he needed hospital care, he went home and packed a small bag and entered the hospital. He died less than 10 minutes later, of internal bleeding in the skull.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Howard Parshall, Baptist pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Chas. Herder Jr., Chas. Allen, Rafael Veselka, H. A. (Rod) Matthews, C. L. Bittner and Harvey Knebel Jr.

Except for a few years in Houston, Mr. Chapman had been a lifelong resident of Weimar. He had been employed at Herder Truck Lines here since about 1941. Born here July 17, 1907, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam D. Chapman. He married Miss Maxine Wainright at Eagle Lake in 1927.

She survives, along with their son, Sam Davis Chapman of Houston, now in Korea with the Mariens; six sisters, Mrs. Walter Huntley of Beaumont, Mrs. F. J. Bauer, Mrs. R. R. Shackelford and Mrs. Van Lee Sanford of Houston, Mrs. Tom Penick of Austin, and Mrs. S. A. McIvor of Los Angeles, Calif.; three brothers, Aubrey I. Chapman of Columbus, Sidney B. Chapman of Waco and S. D. Chapman of Houston; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Weimer Mercury, July 27,1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, Eleanor Adair (Lide)

Eleanor Lide Chapman



Mrs. Chapman, widow of the late Geo. Chapman, an old-time resident of the Osage community, died Friday last at the home of her son, J. L. Chapman, at Garwood, and the remains were brought to Osage Saturday afternoon and laid to rest. [Osage Cemetery] Mrs. Chapman was about 75 years of age at the time of her death, and had been in ill health for some time past, hence here death was not unexpected. Several sons and one daughter survive. Mrs. Chapman, during her residence in the Osage community ever proved a good friend and neighbor, is still favorably remembered by many of the old-time residents of that section, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our deep sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, 21 September 1923
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht, contact Rox Ann Johnson
Photo courtesy of Judy Talkington

In Memoriam

Mrs. Eleanor A. Chapman was born in Alabama January 9, 1849 and passed from this life to the greater beyond last Friday, September 14 at Garwood.

She was married to George S. Chapman December 18, 1867, and soon afterwards she and her husband set out to make their home in the new and prosperous regions in Texas. After locating elsewhere in Texas for a short while, they found that the hospitality and opportunities of Colorado county were all they could desire. Here they made their home the remainder of their lives, and for half a century she has been a blessing and a benediction to all with whom she came in contact. Her husband preceded her to the better world in 1906.

Ten children came to bless their home, three of whom died in infancy and early childhood. Six sons, James L. and Wm. S. of Garwood, Abner H. of Beeville, George L. and Perry A. of Houston and David R. of Matagorda, with one daughter Mrs. Jesse Burford of Columbus, remain to mourn their loss. She has also fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Chapman was converted and united with the church in early childhood and remained an earnest Christian all her life. Funeral services were conducted at Garwood and also in the cemetery at Osage on last Saturday. Her six stalwart sons were pallbearers for their sainted mother. This mother had helped to lead all her children to know the same Christ whom she had trusted so many years. Death for her was victory.

The following verses were written by Mr. Edmund J. Bristow of Berkley, California, when he learned that Mrs. Chapman could not recover:


When the mother dear is sleeping,
And is passing from the view;
And your faithful watch is keeping,
While she enters scenes anew.

Then you hold her hand with gladness,
That she has a living faith;
And you feel the less of sadness,
When she takes the crown and waith.

That her's in sacred waiting,
And have been in all the years;
And the glory radiating,
Falls upon your human tears.

When the mother sleepeth, sleepeth,
Then you know she is at rest;
And the Father's Hand that keepeth,
Holdeth all and knoweth best.

And you look with longing vision,
But you cannot see within;
Yet by faith and with precision,
See her honors there begin.

When the mother sleepeth, sleepeth,
Then you pass your lonely way;
But above her watch she keepeth,
Where it is eternal day.

September, 1923
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Chapman, George S.

After a lingering illness Geo. S. Chapman of the Osage Community passed into the great beyond at 11 o'clock last Wednesday night. Mr. Chapman is one of Colorado County's oldest and most sincere characters and has devoted friends every where in this part of Texas, who have received the news of his departure with sincere regret. He is the father of seven children, six boys and one girl, all of whom are grown and reside in this county. He is also an uncle of our townsman, S. D. Chapman. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Buck at the grave in the Osage cemetery at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. To the grieved ones the Mercury joins numerous friends in offering condolence.

Weimar Mercury, 9 June 1906
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht, contact Rox Ann Johnson

Chapman, H. T.

Death of H. T. Chapman.—The tolling of our church bells on Thursday announced the melancholy intelligence that our esteemed fellow-townsman, H. T. Chapman, was no more. He died of congestive fever in the the third chill, at 8 o'clock on the morning of the 26th. His last moments were peaceful and happy, and ehibited the most perfect Christian resignation. He was an intelligent, kind-hearted, good man, and he bore that character in this community. He was a faithful teacher in the Sunday School, and the "little children" will miss him much. We are sorry and sincerely sympathise with his amiable consort whom he has left behind. May peace attend her. Mr. Chapman was a member of the Methodist Church, and had charge of the Texas Hotel at the time of his death.

Colorado Citizen, August 28, 1858

Rev. E. H. Osborne will preach the funeral of H. T. Chapman at the Methodist Church on the second Sunday in September. [Place of interment unknown]

NB. See obituary of Mary Williams which he wrote in June of 1858.

Colorado County Citizen, September 4, 1858
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Chapman, Hugh L.

Hugh L. Chapman, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. S. Chapman of Osage, died at the residence of Dr. J. L. Chapman in this city, Monday night of blood poisoning, after a severe illness. Hugh was 3 1/2 years old, an affectionate child, dearly beloved by his parents, and his death has caused deep sorrow in the once happy family circle. The little body was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Tuesday afternoon, a large number of sympathizing friends being present to witness the sad ceremony. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents in their dark hour of affliction.

Weimar Mercury, September 11 , 1897

Chapman, James Lyde

J. L. Chapman, Well Known And Popular Citizen of Garwood, Passed Away At The Methodist Hospital In Houston Tuesday, Following Illness of Several Weeks.

J. L. Chapman, cashier of the Garwood State Bank, died Tuesday in the Methodist Hospital at Houston, following an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. A. F. Foerster of Garwood from the home of his daughter Mrs. F. F. Crim in Eagle Lake, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, interment being made in the Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery. James Lyde Chapman was born in Tennessee Colony, Kaufman County, Texas, March 11, 1869 and departed this life January 28, 1936.

He was married December 1, 1895 to Miss Lucy Pinchback. This union was blessed with five children, one child having died in infancy. Mr. Chapman is survived by his sorrowing wife, one daughter, Mrs. Almana Crim of Eagle Lake, and three sons, Paul of Garwood, Wilton of Sealy and John of Eagle Lake, one granddaughter, Anna Sue, and four brothers, George of Houston, David of Bay City, William of Garwood and Perry of Houston.

Mr. Chapman joined the Methodist church in his early years and was ever loyal and faithful to the church of his choice. He organized the Sunday School in Garwood and was superintendent of that school until 1929 when he moved to Eagle Lake. He served also as steward and trustee for many years. The Methodist Church in Garwood will miss this good man and the Bible class will miss its beloved teacher. In the death of Mr. Chapman, a good and faithful Christian has gone to his reward.

In his eulogy at the funeral, his pastor, Rev. Mr. Foerster of Garwood said: "Mr. Chapman was loved and respected by everyone in our community. He was an honest and upright citizen, ready, always, to help everywhere. Above all, he was a loving father and brother. His death is a big loss to his family, to Garwood Methodism, and to the community.

Since Mr. Chapman was kidnapped by a robber who looted the Garwood bank in which he was cashier two years ago, he has been in failing health. Slowly but surely his strength was ebbing away but, his pastor said, every morning he was happy and ready to take up his work for another day, but in the evenings he was worn out. Until three weeks ago, he was at his duties in the Garwood bank, as cashier, and seldom missed his place in the Sunday School class &endash; always ready to labor and work, always ready to help in the upbuilding of God's kingdom.

The pallbearers were Frank Arnold, C. R. Schiurring, F. W. Goodell, H. Lee Johnson, S. O. Boothe and W. E. McRee.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 31, 1936
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, James Oliver

James O. (Slugger) Chapman, 59, of Dallas, died Sunday April 10, in Austin.

Born Aug. 21, 1934, in Columbus, he was the son of Aubrey I. And Wille Lee (Burtschell) Chapman Sr. Mr. Chapman was an attorney employed by Republic Insurance Company, a member of the Texas Bar Association and had served in the U. S. Navy.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 13, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Pallbearers were "Pet" Crawford, Gus Miller Ernest Baumgart, Buddy Burtschell, Delmar Fehrenkamp and Buddy Rau.

Mr. Chapman is survived by his brother, Aubrey I. Chapman Jr. of Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Walter Lee Chapman.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Chapman, Jimmie (Sullivan)

Mrs. Abner Chapman of Goldthwaite(nee Miss Jimmie Sullivan of Borden) died at the family residence in the first-named city the first of the week and was brought here, en route to Osage, for burial [Osage Cemetery] Wednesday morning. It was the intention to arrive here with the body Tuesday afternoon but on account of failure to make railroad connection at Eagle Lake, the funeral party was delayed. Mrs. Chapman was well-known and popular throughout this section, and her death is sincerely regretted. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband in his affliction.

Weimar Mercury, 6 September 1902
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht

Chapman, Jo

From Mr. McLeod, we learn that a negro living on Mr. Scarborough's farm, near Borden, in this county was called to the door of his house last Monday night, and killed. Particulars are meager, and the party or parties who perpetrated this outrage are unknown. The negro killed was called Jo. Chapman. We trust the matter will be thoroughly investigated and guilty parties brought to "justice." [Place of interment unknown.]

Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1878

Chapman, John Robert ("Pinky")


Funeral services will be held from Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake tomorrow, Friday, morning at 10:00 o'clock for John "Pinky" Chapman, 46-year old employee of the Lakeside Irrigation Company in Garwood.

Friends of the community were deeply grieved to hear of Mr. Chapman's untimely death. He was found dead in his pickup yesterday afternoon at about 4:15 o'clock near Garwood by Mr. Rider of the Texas Highway Department of Columbus. Mr. Rider immediately called the Garwood Irrigation Company by radio and W. K. Lehrer and B. F. Turner of the company rushed to the scene brought Mr. Chapman to Laughlin Hospital, Eagle Lake where he lin Hospital Eagle Lake, however he was pronounced dead on arrival and was presumed to have died while still in the pickup.

The Rev. Jordan Mann of the Columbus Methodist Church will officiate at services at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home and interment will be made in Masonic Cemetery with Mill-Bauer in charge.

Surviving Mr. Chapman are one sister, Mrs. Forrest Crim of Waco; and one brother, Wilton Chapman of Bay City; three nieces and two nephews.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 16,1953
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, LaVerne W.

Death Of Little Lavern Chapman

A heavy cloud of sorrow was cast over the home of the parents of little Lavern Chapman, four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Chapman of Garwood, who died at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, after only a few hours of illness. He took Diptheria Saturday night and in spite of every effort to combat the attack his death came within a few short hours. He was laid to rest in the Garwood cemetery Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev.E.B. McLaughlin of Eagle Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Chapman haves the sincere sympathy of their many friends in this great sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 14, 1922

Chapman, Michel Jane (Payne)


Mrs. M. J. Chapman, sixty-two years of age, died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Dodd. Mrs. Chapman moved to Eagle Lake with the family from Oklahoma, in January. The funeral services were held at the home of Rev. J. T. Dodd Wedneday morning at 11 o'clock, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. J. W. King of Lissie conducting the funeral service.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 26, 1919

Chapman, Myra I. (Williams)

Mrs. Myra Chapman of Garwood passed away at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Sunday, June 9th 1968, at 12:45 am. after a short illness.

Funeral services were held at the Garwood United Methodist Church on Monday, June 10th at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Dan Harry and the Rev. Windel Bell officiating. Her body was laid to rest between her husband and an infant son, W. S. Chapman and Laverne, in the Garwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Chapman was born in Council-Grove, Kansas as Myra Isabel Williams, the daughter of W. D. and Mary C. Williams. She moved to the Garwood community at an early age and spent the rest of her life in that community. In 1918 she married W. S. Chapman. One son, Laverne, was born to this union.

"Miss Myra" as she was affectionately known to friends, operated a grocery store in her early years and was later owner of the Chapman Hotel for 29 years.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters who are: M. L. Williams of Sedalia, Mo., E. H. Williams of Algoa, S. J. Williams of Fulton, G. W. Williams of Garwood, Mrs. Clara Sullivan, Mrs. Celia Rodden of Dayton, Mrs. Cora Hogue of Fentress, Mrs. Mary Braden and Mrs. Frankie McGlothlin of Garwood; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The services were conducted by Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake.

Pall bearers were Joe Rogers, H. L. Williams, John Leland McGlothlin, W. M. Trousdale, Jr., Cleo Williams and Charles Walker.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 13, 1968
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, Paul Pinchback

The Garwood community was deeply saddened last Sunday, December 23rd at the untimely passing of Paul Pinchback Chapman in the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo at 1:45 am.

Mr. Chapman had been in ill health for eight months, but his many friends were shocked at the loss of a dear friend and fellow citizen.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church in Garwood Monday, December 24th at 2 pm., with the Rev. Collins of the First Baptist Church of El Campo officiating.

Organ music was played at the church services by Mrs. Charles Werlia of Rosenberg, playing "In the Garden", "Old Rugged Cross", and "Breathe On Me."

Interment was made in Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Mill Funeral Home making arrangements. Pall bearers were W. K. Lehrer, Carl Smith, Clarence Martin, John Meismer, . A. Dromgoole and Lyle Phillips.

Mr. Chapman was born on the Pinchback farm between Garwood and Altair on November 13, 1896 to Mr. And Mrs. James Lyde Chapman, both deceased.

He lived in Garwood for his entire life. He was associated with an automobile firm here early in his life, but had served as bookkeeper for the Garwood Irrigation Co. for at least twenty years.

He married Miss Nora Grace Young November 21, 1937 at Garwood and to this union was born a son and a daughter.

Survivors include his widow, a son James Leslie, 8; a daughter Almanor Adair, 5; two brothers, Wilton Chapman, Bay City and John Chapman of Garwood and a sister, Mrs. Forrest Crim of Waco.

Mr. Chapman was a member of the Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge for twenty years and was an active member of the Garwood Methodist Church.

Those who knew Paul Pinchback Chapman, said that to know him was to love him. He was a devoted father and husband and his presence will long be remembered by his many acquaintances.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 28, 1951
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Chapman, Sam Dave

Death of S. D. Chapman

Just as the Mercury was on the eve of going to press with its last week's issue, news was received here of the death of S. D. Chapman, a well known merchant and citizen of this place, same following an operation which took place in San Antonio a few days previous. The remains were brought to his home in this city Thursday night, and the following afternoon were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery, an impressive burial service being performed by his late pastor, Rev. E. H. Robinson and the service being attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends. Mr. Chapman was born at Palestine, Texas, Dec. 23, 1867, being 47 years , 8 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. At an early age he removed to this section, and the remainder of his life was spent in and around Weimar. He was married to Miss Cornet . Hancock Oct. 22, 1891, at Dallas, Texas, and of the bereaved family there are left the widow, four sons and six daughters. Mr. Chapman was a man of strong convictions, honest and true as steel to his friends, a man who loved home and family, an upright, good citizen, the best of neighbors and friends, and whose word was as good as his bond. In his death the community has lost a valued citizen and the family a devoted husband and father. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the irreparable loss sustained.

The Pall Bearers are as follows; Honorary, Rev. Ike Sellers, J. B. Holman, E.F, Short, W. A. Mathee of Houston J. O. Boettcher, S. A. Garrett, and T. S. Doggett; active, J. H. Brooks, E.B. Geisendorff, A. P. Shatto, H. J. Insall, H. Brasher, Sr., W. W. Williams.

Weimar Mercury, October 22, 1915

H.J. Insall and W. W. Williams went up to San Antonio Thursday afternoon of last week to accompany the remains of the late S. D. Chapman to this city.

Same paper -Personal Mention

Chapman, Sidney Boyd “B”

Chapman, Ex-Weimar Man, Dies

Sidney Boyd (”B”) chapman, 85, formerly of Weimar, died September 20 at Gatesville after a long illness for which he was treated in veterans’ hospitals.

After crematiion, the remains will be interred in the family plot in Weimar’s Masonic Cemetery.

Chapman was born in Weimar Dec. 4, 1897. a son of Sam and Cornet Hancck Chapman. He served in France during World War I. He married Miss Norma Speer, a Weimar High School teacher of the 1920s. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Gene (Norma B.) Keever of Beaverton, Oregon; four sisters, Mrs. Irma Shackleford, Mrs. Alma McIvor, and Mrs. Vanlee Sanford of Houston and Mrs. Velma Penick of Austin; and one brother, S. D. Chapman of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, September 29, 1983

Chapman, Susan (Pinchback)

Lifelong Resident of Colorado County and Native Texan Passes Away Monday at Home of Daughter, Mrs. F. F. Crim.

When death kissed the tired eyelids of Mrs. J. L. Chapman, there passed into dreamless sleep a precious mother, one who bore her suffering with extreme patience and was prepared as a true Christian, to meet her Master and to join other loved ones who had preceded her "over there."

Mrs. Chapman was born on the Pinchback farm near Columbus, September 25th 1873. Her maiden name was Susie Pinchback and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Pinchback.

She was married to J. L. Chapman, December 1, 1895, and they first resided in Weimar, later moving to Garwood, where they lived practically all of their lives. Mr. Chapman preceded his wife in death on January 28, 1936.

In the late years she had spent much of her time with her only daughter, Mrs. F. F. Crim of Eagle Lake, who gave her mother the tenderest of care and faithful attention. During Mrs. Chapman's long life of sixty-seven years, five months and twenty-seven days, she had resided in different towns in this immediate vicinity, but had never left Colorado County to make her home. She was well known throughout this section, where she had many relatives and a host of friends and thus another member of a prominent Colorado County family and a native Texas has been laid to rest. She had been in ill health for a long period of time, in recent weeks her condition had gradually grown worse, with little hope held out for her recovery and after months of patient suffering she fell peacefully asleep in Jesus.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at ten o'clock from the McCreary Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. W. T. Veatch of Garwood and Rev. K. R. Hemphill of the Garwood and Eagle Lake Methodist churches.

The ministers paid a beautiful tribute to her memory. She had been a faithful and loyal member of the Methodist Church of Garwood since her residence there dating back to 1904. She was always in attendance when her health permitted and her presence in the service was always an inspiration to her pastor. She was greatly missed when her health failed. In her passing she has transferred her membership from the church militant to the church triumphant.

Mrs. L. C. Wozencraft played very sofetly (sic) and gently a medley of favorite hymns. Two most comforting hymns "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," and "Abide With Me," were rendered by Mrs. Otto Braden of Garwood and Mrs. Noel Parker, Mrs. Cecil Gertsenberg, Mrs. W. E. McRee, Messrs. K. R. Hemphill, Messrs. R. Killough, Martin Hale and Barney Davis.

The large number of friends in attendance and the beautiful floral offerings bore tribute to the fact that to know her was to call her, not only a neighbor but a valued friend.

The casket bearers were S. J. Williams, G. W. Williams, C. H. Martin, F. A. Martin, R. K. Jackson and F. W. Goodell. Burial was in the Masonic cemetery.

The children who survive are three sons, P. P. Chapman, and J. R. Chapman of Garwood and W. G. Chapman of Bay City and an only daughter, Mrs. F. F. Crim of Eagle Lake. Two grandchildren also survive and three brothers, J. T. Pinchback and W. H. Pinchbach (sic) of Garwood and J. R. Pinchback of Columbus.

To each of these the Headlight extends a message of deepest sympathy in their time of such great sorrow in the loss of a precious mother.

Relatives from out of town in attendance at the sad rites were Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Buckner and Mrs. Ada Pinchback from Houston; Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pinchback, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Chapman, Tony Pinchback and son, Miss Alma Doyle Pinchback, Edwin Pinchback, J. R. Chapman from Garwood; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Chapman and daughters from Bay City; Mrs. J. F. Ulery from Waco; Miss Jane Crim from San Marcos; Mr. and Mrs. William Barr and Willie Wilbeck from Pierce; Mr. and Mrs. Will Paulson, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hahn, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Burford, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Pinchback and son, Mrs. J. C. Youens ad daughter, Arthur and Frank Burford from Columbus

Lake Headlight, April 25, 1941
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, Walter Lee

Walter Lee Chapman, 62, of Austin, died Sunday, April 10, 1994 in Austin.

Born Oct. 16, 1931, he was the son of Aubrey I. And Willie Lee (Burtschell) Chapman Sr. A resident of Austin for over 30 years, Mr. Chapman was a retired certified public accountant for Texas Parks and Wildlife and had served in the U. S. Navy.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 13, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were "Pet" Crawford, Gus Miller, Ernest Baumgart, Buddy Burtschell, Delmar Fehrenkamp and Buddy Rau.

Mr. Chapman is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Ann (Chapman) Allen of Austin; a brother, Aubrey, I. Chapman Jr. of Dallas; two grandchildren, James Logan Allen and Chelsea Dorianna Allen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James O. Chapman.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Chapman, William

On a farm near Osage Monday night or Tuesday, a difficulty took place between George Henry and Wm. Chapman, two negro men, and in the fight that ensued Henry killed Chapman. The killer was arrested and taken to jail in Columbus. [place of inerment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 3, 1898, page 5

Chapman, William Seagler

Friends of the community were saddened to learn of the death of W. S. Chapman at 7:05 p.m. on Friday December 19th at his home at the Chapman Hotel in Garwood. He had been a resident of Garwood for many years and gained the friendship and respect of citizens throughout the area.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 21st from the Garwood Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank A. Grout, Jr., minister of the Methodist Church officiating. Favorite hymns were sung by a choir composed of Mrs. F. B. Priesmeyer, Mrs. J. L. Bunge, Miss Rose Ann Miller, Mrs. W. M. Von Heeder, W. M. Von Heeder, John D. Gideon, Gary Thomas and Paul Grout. They sang, "In The Sweet Bye and Bye" and "I Will Sing You A Song" and Mr. Von Heeder sang a solo, "Sunrise Tomorrow."

Interment was in the Presbyterian Cemetery, west of Garwood community. Serving as pallbearers were nephews of Mrs. Chapman including: Billy Joe Williams, Harold Lloyd Williams, Cleo Williams, John L. McGlothlin, W. M. Trousdale, and Charles E. Walker.

William Seagler Chapman was born the eighth child of George S. Chapman and Eleanor A. Lide Chapman on November 3, 1886 in Weimar, Texas. He first married Blanche Howard who preceded him in death. From this marriage he leaves a son, Walter L. Chapman of Houston. On September 4th, 1918 he married Myra Williams and from this marriage a son, LaVerne William Chapman, was born but he died at the age of three years.

Mr. Chapman is survived by his wife, Myra Williams Chapman of Garwood, by his son, Walter L. Chapman of Houston, and by two brothers, Perry A. Chapman of Houston and David R. Chapman of Bay City.

The Rev. Mr. Grout read selected passages from the Psalms: The Shepherd, Psalm 23; The Refuge, Psalm 91; The Lifted Eyes, Psalm 121; The Light, Psalm 27; from the New Testament, John 14 "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" I Corinthians 15, "Now is Christ Risen" and Ephesians 3, "For This Cause I Bow my Knee." He also spoke briefly of his last interview of "Mr. Bill" as he was affectionately known. Mr. Bill spoke of his confidence in God's mercy saying that he was ready to meet Him. Mr. Grout discussed the purpose of the Christian funeral as being to honor the memory of the one who has passed into the presence of his Maker, to comfort those who grieve and suffer separation, to praise God for His mercy and goodness and finally to resolve with God's help to be prepared for the call from the Father to come home.

Out-of-town relatives and friends attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Graves and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rodder, Mrs. Kenneth Cannion, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Trousdale of Dayton; Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Chapman, Mrs. Bill Thompson and children, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Balusek, Dave Chapman, Mrs. Vernon Harrison and Sam Richardson of Bay City; P. A. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Teltschik, Mrs. Lola Penny, Mr. and Mrs. Guyle Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. W. [M.] N. Cole and children, Fred R. Howard, Larry Howard, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Dowdle, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Chapman and Mrs. Joyce Lala of Houston.

Also, Oscar Bunge, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Green and children, Mrs. Draper Stephens, Mrs. Will Walker and Mrs. Earl L. Braden of Eagle Lake; Miss Ernestine Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sullivan and Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Williams of El Campo; Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Williams, Mrs. Neva Mae Yarbrough and Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Williams of Algoa; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Martin and Mrs. Ellen Batelle of La Grange; Miss Merle Carey and Miss Emily M. Margerum of Moulton; Miss Hunter of Weimar; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hope of Glidden; Mrs. Douglas Bennett of San Antonio; Joe Rogers of Seguin, Mrs. William Barr of Pierce; Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Hogue of Fentress; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Walker and family of Sweeny and Mrs. Clyde Pickett of Alvin.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 25, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Chapman, Willie Lee (Burttschell)

Mrs. Chapman

Mrs. Willie Lee Chapman a lifetime resident of Columbus, died in the Diagnostic Center in Houston Sunday, July 20 from what appeared to be a heart attack.

She was a daughter of Joe and Katherine Coleman Burttschell born March 2, 1898 in Columbus. She was married to Aubrey I. Chapman in December 1925. They managed the M System Grocery Store here for 15 years.

Later Mr. Chapman became postmaster in Columbus. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 27, 1965.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Columbus Funeral Home with The Rev. B. A. Justice officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include 3 sons, A. I. Chapman, Jr. of Dallas, Walter Lee Chapman of Austin and James Oliver Chapman of Houston; one sister Mrs. Alice Hunt of Austin, and 5 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joe Edward Burttschell, Bill Burttschell, Michael Burttschell, Al Joe Hunt, Sid Shackelfort and Ervin Heffley.

Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1975
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