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Bessie Mary (Meme) Chapman, 95, left for her heavenly home Feb. 8, 2015.
She was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Savannah, Okla., to Joseph G. & Noy (Haney) Ferguson who preceded her in death. Bessie moved at a young age to Gentry, Ark., where she graduated from high school and later moved to Texas. She married George F. Chapman on Jan. 16, 1946, in Greenville, but lived most of her life in Rockwall.
Bessie was active in her children’s lives and was a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, where she was a Worthy Matron. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rockwall. Bessie retired from Parr Gas where she worked in the office.
The last 15 years of her life were lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Kentucky. Meme was a great cook, liked to sew and read, but most of all loved her family. She was a godly woman and an example to her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Bessie’s husband George, and her sisters, Ruby Roberts and Loretta Price preceded her in death.
Surviving are her children, Leatha Ann Jarboe and husband, Roger of Hawesville, Ky., and Frederick Wayne Chapman and wife Sandra of Rockwall; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, Kimberly Latham and daughter Chloe, Jennifer Wood, husband Jeff and children Chandler, Crew, and London, Lori Frost, husband Justin and children Parker and Paige, Tara Swindall, husband J.D. and children David, Reagan, and Rylie Reese, Roger Jarboe II, wife Anja and children Rogie and Riley Thomas; sisters, Dorothy Rush and Ruth Holloway; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., today at Rest Haven Funeral Home - Rockwall Chapel with Bessie’s son-in-law, Minister Roger Jarboe officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends today at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service, from 9 to 10 a.m.
Visit and sign the guest book at www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  February 16, 2015
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