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Grady Ellis "Babe" Chapman

July 20, 1920 ~ May 21, 2017 (age 96)

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Grady “Babe” Chapman, age 96, passed from this life on May 21, at Stoneybrook Assisted Living Center in Belton, TX. Grady Ellis Chapman was born on Jul 20, 1920, near Ovilla, TX, to Horace and Madie Chapman. In 1925, Grady and his family moved to Red Oak, where he attended school, graduating from Red Oak High School in 1938. Grady was a multisport athlete, setting school records in track events, and participating in the school first ever football game. After high school, Grady began working with the Civilian Conservation Corps, and taking courses at Trinity University. In 1940, he began working with the Social Security Board in Baltimore,MD. His high school sweetheart, Lucy Irene Couch, traveled by bus to Baltimore where they were married at First Baptist Church, Catonsville, MD, on May 24, 1941.Grady transferred to the Agriculture Department in Fort Worth in 1941, before being drafted to serve in the Army Air Corps during WWII. At the end of the war, Grady, Lucy, and young son Mickey, moved back to Red Oak with Grady first going to work for the Veterans Administration, and then for Aetna Life and Casualty. He had a thirty-year career as a premium auditor and manager with Aetna, retiring in 1982.Grady began attending First Baptist Church, Red Oak, at the age of five, and served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and leader until moving to Bell County in 2008 and joining First Baptist, Belton. He also was active in the community, serving as mayor and president of the school board, as well as being a founder of the Red Oak Lions Club in 1947. Grady was an avid baseball fan as well as golfer, working at Red Oak Valley Golf Course for many years after his retirement from Aetna.

Grady was preceded in death by his parents, son Mickey, brother Melvin, and beloved wife Lucy.

He is survived by son Ronald Chapman of Charlotte, NC, daughter Linda Carroll and husband James of Salado, granddaughters Tiffany Elkins and husband Barry of Belton, Sarah Walker and husband Scott of Greensboro, NC, Laura Bersoza and husband Oscar of McKinney, and Megan Krueger and husband Greg of Charlotte, niece Melva Sutherland and husband Dan of Red Oak, and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services under the direction of Broecker Funeral Home of Salado, will be held at First Baptist Church, Belton, on Wednesday, May 24, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Andy Davis officiating. There will be a visitation with family at Driggers & Decker Family Funeral Home in Red Oak on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday at 10:00 AM at Red Oak Cemetery with the Rev. James Schoenrock officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to the STARRS Special Needs Ministry at First Baptist Belton, 506 N. Main Street, 76513.


 Service Information

Funeral Service
Wednesday
May 24, 2017

10:00 AM
First Baptsit Belton
506 N. Main Street
Belton, TX 76513

Visitation
Wednesday
May 24, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Driggers & Decker Family Funeral Home
105 Vintage Drive
Red Oak, TX 75154

Graveside Service
Thursday
May 25, 2017

10:00 AM
Red Oak Cemetery
599 S. Highway 342
Red Oak, TX 75154


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