Robert Edward Oxsalida
March 21, 2017


Life Legacy

Rev. Joseph Crosby Chapman 111, {91) was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on March 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Lucy of 70 years and children Judith (Bill) Kirtland of Clearwater, FL, Shirley (Tom) Kurz of Uniontown, Ohio, David (Linda) Chapman of Wickliffe, Ohio and Diana (David) Conrad of Xenia, Ohio, and by 17 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Ellen (Harry) Dixon, Bill (Marie) Chapman, Harold {Irene) Chapman, Bob (Sally) Chapman, and Elizabeth (Jim) Wilgus. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ellen (White) Chapman, one grandson, Samuel J. Kirtland and one great granddaughter, Audrey Ann Huffstutler.
Joe was born November 4, 1925, in Philadelphia, PA to Joseph and Ellen (White) Chapman. Joe was led to the Lord as a young teen by his mother. He served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946. He attended the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of The Kings College in New Castle, Delaware.
Joseph and Lucy were married on August 10, 1946 in Stamford, CT. Joe was ordained for the ministry of the gospel on September 7, 1952 by the Eastern Conference of the Bible Protestant Church. He and Lucy served together in ministry in churches located in Ohio: Akron, Springfield, Rodney, and Gallipolis, as well as in Danbury, CT, Cortland, NY, and Bridgeton, NJ. He served on the board of Scioto Hills Baptist Youth Camp in Ohio. Both before and after his retirement from pastoral ministry, he carried on an itinerant ministry of preaching and music in many churches and camps across the country. Joe was a faithful, active member of Maranatha Baptist Church, Sebring, FL. He contributed greatly to the music ministry of the church and was a long time member of the Highlands County Concert Band. He also was employed for 15 years at Morris Funeral Chapel.

Condolences or Life Stories may be expressed in his Guestbook. Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, Fl.

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Preceded In Death By

Joseph and Ellen (White) Chapman, Parents
Samuel J. Kirtland, Grandson
Audrey Ann Huffstutler, Great Granddaughter

Survived By

Lucy, Wife
Judith (Bill) Kirtland, Daughter
Shirley (Tom) Kurz, Daughter
David (Linda) Chapman, Son
Diana (David) Conrad, Daughter
17 Grandchildren
39 Great Grandchildren
Ellen (Harry) Dixon, Sister
Bill (Marie) Chapman, Brother
Harold (Irene) Chapman, Brother
Bob (Sally) Chapman, Brother
Elizabeth (Jim) Wilgus, Sister


Date Of Birth: November 4, 1925
Place Of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
Place Of Death: Sebring, FL
Date Of Death: March 10, 2017
Served in the United States Navy 1943-46


A memorial celebration in honor of
Joseph Chapman will take place at 11:00 am,
Wednesday, March 15 at Maranatha Baptist Church
in Sebring, FL. A one-hour visitation will
precede the service. The burial will be at
10:30am on Thursday, March 16
at the National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL.

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03/13/2017 - Mark And DonnaKay Hanagan

Our hearts are heavy for your loss yet full of peace knowing this faithful servant is in the arms of Jesus who he has loved and served. We love you and will pray God's grace will be ever present in the days ahead.


03/13/2017 - Sarah Whitton

To all the family, so sorry for your loss.


03/13/2017 - Larry and Mary Brady

Sending our Love and Prayers of Comfort.


03/13/2017 - Tom And Marlene Davis

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time in the loss of Rev Chapman. What a wonderful person he was to everyone and continued spreading his knowledge of faith wherever he went. He touched a lot of lives in his lifetime. He definitely left a legacy for all to remember him and his family......God bless


03/13/2017 - Ben Kurz

A humble man who faithfully served his amazing God. And that amazing God made him an unforgettable man!


03/13/2017 - Cheryl Koufas

So sorry for your loss! He is being held in the arms of Jesus!!


03/13/2017 - Pam Bowersox

I got to meet him a few times. I do know his children and they are great! Judy is my best friend. So, thanks to her parents for my friend. I know Pastor Chapman will be missed.


03/13/2017 - Kevin and Sandy Dennis

Our loss is heaven's gain. Wonder what instrument he will play first? When Pastor Chapman married us at First Baptist in Gallipolis, O, there was a banner over all the wedding pictures at the front of the church - Goal to go 500 - a promotion of some kind. Well, we never quite made that, but it seems that Joe and Lucy came close with that bustling family! What a blessing! We only managed 3 kids and 8 grandkids so far! Joe was bigger than life - so full of joy and the love of Jesus - the Spirit of God truly overflowed from him into the lives of others. He made a lifelong impression on us - stamped Jesus into our hearts! We love you all and would love to be with you - just couldn't pull it together. I suppose Joe will be up in glory with my dad and mom Wilbur and Louise. Wow, nothing will be safe up there now! Lucy, Judy, Shirley, David, and Diana, we love you and our hearts go out to you and all your families - may the sweet Spirit of God be your portion!


03/14/2017 - Tim And Crystal Abernathy

Wonderful memories of him. I'm sure the music in heaven is even sweeter since he has joined the heavenly band.Our hearts are heavy for you but rejoicing for him love and prayers to your whole family

Tim & Crystal


03/14/2017 - Maribeth And Andy Smith

The Godly patriarch of a highly respected family, Joe Chapman has left an unequaled heritage to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!! I'm honored to have known him and to have called him my friend!! I love this family!!


03/19/2017 John Dedrick

I am the son of Ray and Irene Dedrick, who attended Cortland. Bible Church. Sorry to hear of Joe departing. I'm sure they are rejoicing now.
I invited Jesus into my heart while he was pastoral at Cortland, I like to thank for service in God works it was a real blessing to me.
I'm a snowbird now retired my wife and me live in Inverness Fl. In winters and Dryden NY in summers.God Bless