LeRoy B. Chapman, 80 Farmville Native Dies Sunday

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 1, 2010

HARRISONBURG, May 25 -LeRoy Bagby Chapman, Sr., 80, of Harrisonburg, died Sunday, May 23, 2004 at the University of Virginia Hospital.

He was born October 5, 1923 In Farmville, a son of the late William Allen and Johnella Atkinson Chapman.

Mr. Chapman started a wholesale bakery business in Farmville with his brothers, and moved to Harrisonburg in 1959. He was a district supervisor for Holsum Bakery in Verona until 1970 and then he became a partner in the Stroop Oil Company for 12 years. He then went to work for Leggetts until he retired at the age of 74. As a very active person, he continued to work and currently assisted with the development of Daily Grind of Shenandoah Valley.

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He was on the Missions Committee of Harrisonburg Baptist Church and became a founder and charter member of the Virginia Avenue Baptist Mission, which later became Westside Baptist Church. Mr. Chapman served in many positions at Westside, from treasurer, chairman of Deacons, Sunday School teacher, usher and other various committees.

On November 2, 1946, he married Lorraine Smith who survives. Also surviving are one son, LeRoy B. “Lee” Chapman, Jr. and wife, Sherri of Harrisonburg; one daughter, Mary Louise Glick and husband, Randy of Dayton; one brother, Fred Bondurant Chapman of the Outer Banks, North Carolina; one sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Chapman of Farmville and four grandchildren, Amy Lorraine Chapman, William Mason Chapman, Bethany Jonelle “Jlll” Glick and Anna Lenae Glick.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westside Baptist Church in Harrisonburg by the Revs. Charles Anderson, George Fletcher, James Beckwith, Cliff Hudgins and Jay McGuirk.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Westvlew Cemetery, Farmville.

The family will receive friends this evening (Tuesday) from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg or friends may call anytime at the Chapman home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Westside Baptist Church, Future Building Fund, 715 West Wolfe Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.