Raymond C. Chapman, 86, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, at his residence in Kempner surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021, at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Interment with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.
Ray was born August 29, 1934, in Fort Worth, TX to Thomas Arthur and Pearl Mae Chapman. He faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. During the Korean War, he was part of the 1st Marine Division and during the Vietnam War, he was part of the US Army 12th Signal Group. He received many honors during his time in the military; two Bronze Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Korea, and Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. After his retirement from the United States Army as an SFC, he was a police officer with Copperas Cove Police Department for 8 years, a police officer with the Lampasas Police Department for 12 years, and the remainder of his law enforcement career was spent with the Lampasas County Sheriff's Office. During his tenure in law enforcement, he was awarded the Copperas Cove Police Officer of the Year by the Knights of Columbus and was also awarded the Lampasas Police Officer of the Year.
Ray also served as a Troop Leader for the Boy Scouts, enjoyed his RC planes, and was an avid fisherman. He was also a member of Kempner Oak Hills Baptist Church where he held positions as Deacon, Trustee, Treasurer, Royal Ambassador Leader, CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas), NRA, and was an associate member of the Sheriff's Association of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Arthur and Pearl Mae Chapman; his sons, Darren Jay Chapman, Douglas Wade Chapman, Lorne Alen Chapman; his brothers, Edward and Vyron Chapman and sisters, Pauline Farrell and Virginia Sullivan.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bobbie Chapman of Kempner; son, Greg Chapman and wife, Debbie of Kempner, daughter, Cyndi Stone and husband, Stephen of Kempner; brother, Byron Chapman and wife, Carol; grandchildren, Ashley Mellon of Conroe, Jackie Hanke of Sharp, Adam Chapman of Austin, Logan Chapman of Copperas Cove, James K. Imhoff of Kempner and five great-grandchildren.