Ernest Ray Chapman, age 77, passed away Monday evening, August 16, 2021 at his residence in Springfield, Ohio. He was born December 22, 1943 in Louisa, Kentucky to the late Ollie B. and Mable F. (Cordial) Chapman. He was married to Helen Louise Watkins on May 7, 1966. They had 3 sons together. He retired from Robbins and Meyers, Inc. in Springfield, Ohio in 1998.
He was preceded in death by an infant son; 6 brothers, Jerry, Ollie Jr., Donald, John, Bill and Orville Chapman; and 3 sisters, Ida Warner, Patricia Martin and Nancy Underhill.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Louise Chapman; 2 sons, Ernest (Crystal) Chapman and Michael (Carie) Chapman; 2 granddaughters, Alexa (Cory) Clifton and Samantha Chapman (Keisha); 1 great-granddaughter, Nataly Clifton; 2 brothers, Ed (Becky) Chapman and Lee (Rhonda) Chapman; 3 sisters, Juanita (Ray) Martin, Betty (Darrell) Cordle and Mary (Mike) Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
Ernest was an avid gardener who loved working in his yard. He enjoyed collecting knives and watches, playing cards with family and friends, but above all else, he loved spending time with his family.
Viewing will be held on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 11a.m.-1p.m. at Jackson Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center with service beginning at 1p.m. Elder Ray Martin will be officiating. Burial will follow at Nettle Creek Cemetery in Westville, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed to his family by visiting www.jacksonlytle.com.