Walter Stinson Chapman, 80, of Monticello, passed away on April 24, 2018 at Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway.
He was born July 10, 1937 in Tillar and was the son of the late Luther Bert Chapman and Verlie Lorene Gasaway Chapman.
Mr. Chapman was a retired Drew County Veterans Service Officer, a United States Navy Veteran and Marine Corps Medical Corpsman, and a Christian. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason and a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
He was a 1955 graduate of Drew Central High School and attended Arkansas A&M University (now UAM). He loved music and spent many hours listening to beautiful music on his computer. He was often found accompanying these concerts with a variety of harmonicas. He was a well-accomplished harmonica player and was often asked to perform for friends and family. He was frequently asked to include his famous sour notes during his concert. He was a lover of nature enjoying many outdoor activities. Among those activities, he was best known for loading up the trailer behind the big orange Kubota tractor and taking the riders on an adventure through the woods on an epic exploration.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Norma Chapman; and two brothers, Ashton Chapman and Bert Chapman.
Survivors include one son, John Chapman and wife Joyce of Houston, Arkansas; a daughter, Valerie Carter and husband Barry of Crossett; two brothers, Gene Chapman and wife Anna of Del Rio, Texas and Mike Chapman and wife Jane of Coulterville, Illinois; two sisters, Wanda Rose Hurt and Gina Sellers and husband Bob all of Petit Jean Mountain; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Chapman of Beulah and Peggy Chapman of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren, Micah Carter and wife Julie of Magnolia, Aaron Chapman and wife Elisa of Greenbrier, Jessica Chapman of Houston, AR and Ryan Carter of Shreveport, LA; four great-grandchildren, Walker Carter, Tatum Carter, Cameron Chapman and Christian Chapman; along with numerous very special cousins, aunts, and extended family.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Home in Monticello. Burial with military honors will be at the L.B. Chapman Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, April 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Beulah Cemetery Assn. c/o Curt Mayo, 321 Ozment Bluff Rd., Wilmar, AR 71675 or VFW & American Legion, Veterans Drive, Monticello, AR 71655.