Master Sergeant Melvin Boyd Chapman, 68, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019, in a local health care facility.
He was born in Hartselle, Al. Melvin accepted Jesus Christ at the age of eight years old. Melvin proudly wore his uniforms in service to the United States Marines, and the U.S. Army as a recruiter.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Levi and Daisy Turney Sr., and Samuel and Rosie Ellis Chapman; parents, Oliver and Sadie Mae Chapman; and granddaughter, Bria Chapman.
Survivors include his daughter, Monica Chapman of Atlanta; sons, Brandon Chapman of Savannah, and Joshua Chapman of Chattanooga; sisters, Marie Stoudemire of Chattanooga, Shirley Chapman of Hartselle, Gwendolyn Marsh of Chattanooga, and Lottie (Mason) Abbott of Decatur, Al.; brother, William Bynum, Sr. of Hartselle; aunts, Olene Herring, of Chattanooga, Mattie McDaniel, Eloise Chavez, Las Vegas, NV, and Dorothy Dunklin of Chicago; uncles, Charles Turney, of Jeanette, Pa., and Curtis Chapman of Hartselle; grandchildren, Tierra Herbert and Amir Crawley, both of Atlanta, several nieces; nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nephew; cousins, coworkers, acquaintances, and fellow veterans.
He will lie in state on Thursday, Jan. 24, after 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Friday, Jan. 25, at noon in the chapel with Pastor Kenneth E. Ware as the eulogist. Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests contributions be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project, Rob Louis, 904 627-0432, email@example.com.