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Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Walter Woodie Chaffin

18 January, 19497 April, 2019

Walter Woodie Chaffin, 70, passed peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Houston. Walter will forever be remembered as a kind man with a big heart.

Walter leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Barbara (Bowman) Chaffin; daughters, Casey Chaffin and Lindsay Lariviere, son-in-law, Eric Lariviere; brothers William and Robert Chaffin along with wives Marcia and Enya Chaffin; grandchildren, Reese and Mark Lariviere. Uncle Walter was beloved and will truly be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Special recognition goes out to brother-in-law and confidant, Rick Rogers.

Walter, the son of Dorothy (Cohen) and Woodrow Chaffin, was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. Walt was always a hard worker beginning at age 14 when he toiled as a counterman at his family’s Tic Toc Grill in Shreveport. Walt was also a star center on the football teams for Midway Junior High and Fair Park High School before graduating from Louisiana Tech University. During his long career Walt won respect and praise as Director of Human Resources for Digital, Nortel and Compaq as he traveled the world. Walt raised his family in Harvard, Massachusetts, taking great joy in weekends spent fishing and speed boating on Bare Hill Pond. Walt was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor, easily dropping one-liners for hearty laughs. Walt was a passionate fan of the Red Sox and Patriots during his years on the East Coast but he loved his Astros and Texans as well. Walt was forever a devoted family man and in his later years had enormous love for his grandchildren, spoiling them with endless Amazon deliveries.

Mr. Chaffin's life will be celebrated in the hearts of family and friends and his memory will live on always.

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Richard Stahli

3 February 2020

I am proud to have hired Walt at Digital in 1975, and later worked for him in the early 1990's. We became good friends, and I'll always remember his kindness, sense of humor and loyalty.

Gone too soon.

JONATHAN LOFTUS

10 November 2019

I just logged on to Walt's FB page and am shocked and saddened to belatedly read about his passing,
Walt was a friend, colleague and for awhile, my boss when we both worked at DEC in the mid 80's.He was a great guy and a good supervisor.He will be missed.
RIP Walt.
Jonathan Loftus
Brookline, Mass.


Lee PLedger

23 May 2019

Walt was one of my bosses during the Digital years and later on I filled in for him as the Southwest region HR leader while he recovered from surgery. It was a joy to spend time with him and his family during that period. Walt was not only an accomplished professional, he was a good man. I am very saddened by his passing and my heart goes out to his family. I smile at the thought of how much he must have loved being a grandfather. Love ya Walt, Lee Pledger

John and Karen Regan

18 May 2019

Walt was a kind soul and a great HR professional. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family. His passing is real loss to the former DEC community. RIP Walt.
John and Karen Regan

John Regan

17 May 2019

I worked with Walt at DEC. He was great HR professional and kind person. His passing is a real loss to all of us. RIP Walt.
John Regan

mike coco

18 April 2019

to the best friend anyone could have. loved all the good times together playing baseball, fishing, (and so much more i can't share). wish i had of known that his health was failing so we could have had a chance to visit again. will be greatly missed. love you wc

Tom Trammell

12 April 2019

Walter was kind, friendly and always a gentleman. We enjoyed his stories and appreciated everything he did for Sharon who considered him a dear friend. We’ll miss having dinner with you Walter and talking sports, movies or whatever came to mind. Rest easy now friend.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY