James L. “Fatie” Chapman, 85, of the Hiwassee Dam community, Murphy, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at a Murphy care facility.
He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County.
Fatie was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army. He had worked as a water treatment operator with Tennessee Copper Co.
He was a member of the Copper Hill Masonic Lodge No. 656, and he was a Scottish Rite and Shriner. Fatie also was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Theodore W. and Sarah Athalina Mashburn Chapman, and husband of the late Alma Ruth Owens Chapman, who died Dec. 28, 2002. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bynum B. Chapman.
Surviving are two daughters, Judy Ann Verner of Murphy, and Brenda Chapman Zimmerman and husband Eddie of Connelly Springs; a sister, Faye Chapman-Green and husband Tom of Ducktown, Tenn.; three brothers, T.W. Chapman and wife Donna of Atlanta, Ga., Ivan Chapman and wife Sherry of Murphy, and Eugene Chapman and wife Stella of Ducktown, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Larry K. Verner, Rev. Tai Zimmerman Cole and Andrew Davis Zimmerman; and three great-grandchildren, Olivia Morgan Verner, John E. Magette and Owen M. Magette.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Revs. Jerry Morrow and Kevin Chapman officiating. The interment will be in Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery with masonic graveside rites conducted by the Copper Hill Masonic Lodge No. 656. Pallbearers will be Olivia Verner, Henry Raper, Larry Verner, Ray Hamby, Scott Ledford and Gary Kilpatrick.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of James L. “Fatie” Chapman to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.