Gary High School 1914-1978

The Coaldigger




July 21, 2011

Daniel Ray “Donnie” Chapman

COLUMBUS, Ga. —  Daniel Ray “Donnie” Chapman, age 68, of 3313 W. Britt Davis Road, Apt 3, and formerly of Anawalt, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Georgia. Born on July 11, 1943 in Anawalt, he was a son of Flossie Thompson Chapman of Anawalt the late Kelly Stuart Chapman.

 He had been a resident of Georgia for 30 years and was a graduate of Gary High School. He was a retired veteran of the US Army with 21 1/2 years of service and had served in Vietnam.  He was the recipient of several medals including: National Defense Service Medal, Service Medal with one silver service star and four bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze star medal with two bronze bronze oak leaf clusters and V device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation badge with palm, seven overseas service bars, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions medal with citation bade, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, Second Class Meritorious Unit Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, NCO Professional Development Ribbon. 

Survivors include his mother, Flossie Thompson Chapman of Anawalt; son, Daniel Ray Chapman II of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Michele Chapman of Dallas, Texas, Ashley Chapman of Columbus, Ga.; five brothers, Claude “Sop” Chapman of Anawalt, Bobby Lee Chapman and Maxine of Lynchburg, Va., Thurman Chapman and Linda of Anawalt, Jimmy Ward Chapman Sr. and Paulette of Rumsburg, Va., Bill Chapman and Judy and Thorpe, W.Va., Michael Chapman of Anawalt; one sister, Shelby Morehead and Jerry of Anawalt; special friends, Todd and Samantha Blackburn of Columbus, Ga. and their son Malachi, Deborah Jean of Columbus, Ga.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Chapel in Bluewell with the Reverend Donnie Farmer officiating. Friends may call on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the family.