Gerald Eugene Chapman

April 1, 1936December 27, 2020

Gerald (Jerry) Eugene Chapman passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was 84 years old.

Graveside burial service will be on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10 AM in Memory Gardens Cemetery, 14200 Interstate 27 South in Amarillo with Lance Herrington officiating. Services are entrusted to Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St in Amarillo. A live stream of the service will be available at

Gerald Eugene Chapman was born on April 1, 1936 in Bluewater, NM to Leroy Chapman and Genta Rice. He lived in Grants, NM until he joined the Air Force in 1958. While stationed in Amarillo, he met and wed Almeda Janet Holmes Chapman on July 12, 1959. He served in the Air Force from 1958 - 1965. Gerald & his family lived in Savannah GA; Port Lavaca TX; Clovis NM; Houston and Bryan, TX before moving back to Amarillo in 1974.

Gerald worked as an air traffic controller at Amarillo International Airport until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of Paramount Baptist Church. Jerry was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Jan Warner Daycare Center, North Plains Iris Society, and a Hunter Safety Instructor for Texas Parks and Wildlife. His hobbies included wood and leather working, model trains, gunsmithing, John Wayne collector and helping his friends and neighbors.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Almeda Janet Chapman, grandson Jerry Dane Chapman, parents Leroy and Genta Chapman, and sister Elaine Allred.

Survivors include son Stan Chapman and wife Judi of Hutto, son Dane Chapman and wife Rhonda of Hot Springs Village AR, granddaughter Stephanie Chapman of Hutto, granddaughter Shay Pohlmann and husband Justin of Hammond LA, great-grandchildren Ahmed, Moh, Chloe, Micah and Jackson, brother Burt Chapman of Casa Grande AZ, sister Olivia Clawson of Ramah NM, and brother David Chapman of Grants NM.

Memorial donations can be made to the Abbott VFD Memorial Scholarship Fund at Abbott Fire Department, PO Box 24, Abbott, Texas, 76621 in memory of Jerry Dane Chapman.


  • All of Gerald's grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, Honorary Bearers


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 2, 2021



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Nelda Hays

January 1, 2021

Gerry and Jeanette were very dear friends to Bill and I. I loved them both dearly. We had some wonderful times together. I will miss them and Bill very much. Nelda Hays

Stan Hall

December 29, 2020

Gerry was like Wilson (Tooltime) to me and Skitty. His hat and eyes looking over the fence, saying " What are you boys doing?"
Lots of other great memories as well. Gerry will be missed driving the streets of Amarillo delivering Meals on Wheels in that ol blue Bronco.
Condolences to his sons, Stan and Dane and their families.
He joins his lovely wife Janette in Heaven now and close friend Bill Hays. Learned lots from both those men, very honored to have known them.
Well done Gerry, you influenced me and my family in such a positive way!