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In Memory of

Fred J. Chappell

July 15, 1922 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


Fred Joseph Chappell was born in Wake County, Raleigh, North Carolina to parents Mary Carr and John Dillon Chappell, on July 15, 1922. He attended Washington grade school and after the passing of his father, he moved to New York City with his mother. There he attended Wadley High School on the west side of New York.

Fred accepted Christ and joined Mt. Moriah in New York City. He married Thelma Eilets on May 4, 1941 and from that union two daughters were born: Barbara Francesca and Carol Ann.

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Fred Joseph Chappell was born in Wake County, Raleigh, North Carolina to parents Mary Carr and John Dillon Chappell, on July 15, 1922. He attended Washington grade school and after the passing of his father, he moved to New York City with his mother. There he attended Wadley High School on the west side of New York.

Fred accepted Christ and joined Mt. Moriah in New York City. He married Thelma Eilets on May 4, 1941 and from that union two daughters were born: Barbara Francesca and Carol Ann.

On July 24, 1943, Fred enlisted into the United States Navy and served as Seaman First Class, stationed at San Diego, California. Upon discharge on January 10, 1946 Fred received the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal.

Fred met Ira Young in 1963 while working for Shell Oil Company in New York. They later married on April 15, 1964. In 1971, Shell Oil moved Fred to Houston where he served as Assistant Board Coordinator until his retirement in 1987. He and his wife Ira made Houston their home for over 40 years.

Fred enjoyed photography and made it a full time hobby. Fred was a kind, loving man who enjoyed life to the fullest. He never met a stranger and would do anything he possibly could to help his family and friends.

Fred departed this life on March 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Ira Y Chappell, his loving and dedicated wife of over 50 years; his daughters Barbara F. Chappell of Atlanta, GA and Carol A. Walker (James II) of Lakewood, NJ; granddaughters Cheryl Powers, Robyn Walker, Tracey Michelle Geiger (Darren), Kimberly Ann Nelson (Kirk), Roxanne Thelma Griffin, and grandson James Walker III (Gloria); great grands Brittany Sanders, Andrew Powers, James Walker IV, Taylor Sanders, Jayden Walker, and Asia Olivia Geiger; one great great grand Jarius Gillespie Jr. Also left to cherish Fred's memories are his nephew Jimmie Garcia; his adopted families in Houston ''' the Deauvearo's (R.B. & Edna; Tiffani Deauvearo-Lee); the Hubbard's (Donald & Lillian; Deitra Hubbard Bonner); former Shell Oil co-workers, and a vast number of former neighbors and friends in the Houston area.