James Richard Chappell

October 17, 1934April 5, 2021

James Richard Chappell, age 86, of Oxford, Alabama passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021. James was born October 17, 1934 in AL.

Richard is survived by daughters Debbie Fancher, Donna Hughes (Barry), and Gayle Bowman (Tim); grandchildren Michael Hughes, Shanon Feazell, Rusty Hughes, Buddy Hughes, April Lallo (Tony), Jacob Smith (Kaitlyn), William Smith (Kaitlyn), sister-in-laws Ruth Chappell Whisanant, Nakita Chappell and Sherry Chappell, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Chappell; daughter Eva Margarette Chappell; parents William and Eva Chappell; brothers William Harvey Chappell Jr., William Earl Chappell, Billy Chappell; sister Betty Jean Harris; brothers Jimmy Lewis Chappell, Tommy Chappell, Jerry Wayne Chappell, Charles Ray Chappell; in laws John Hosie and Sara Dolly Sparks.

Funeral services for Richard will be Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Gray Brown Service Mortuary with Rev. John Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Dogwood Trail Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hughes, Buddy Hughes Jr., Jacob Smith, William Smith, Gary Sparks, Tim Bowman and Buddy Hughes Sr..

Richard was a lifelong resident of Calhoun County and was a member of Coldwater Methodist Church for over 60 years. He served in the United States Air Force and worked at Adelaide Cotton Mill. He was a proud papa and loved Alabama Football "ROLL TIDE". Special thanks to his caregiver Tracie Coggins, Amedysis Home Health, Anniston Fire and Rescue, Riverview ER Department, UAB NICU and Palative Care.

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  • Debbie Fancher, Daughter
  • Donna Hughes (Barry), Daughter
  • Gayle Bowman (Tim), Daughter
  • Michael Hughes, Grandchild
  • Shanon Feazell, Grandchild
  • Rusty Hughes, Grandchild
  • Buddy Hughes, Grandchild
  • April Lallo (Tony), Grandchild
  • Jacob Smith (Kaitlyn), Grandchild
  • William Smith (Kaitlyn), Grandchild
  • Ruth Chappell Whisanant, Sister-in-law
  • Nakita Chappell, Sister-in-law
  • Sherry Chappell, Sister-in-law
  • Eight, Grandchildren
  • Many, Nieces and Nephews.
  • Mary Ann Chappell, Wife (deceased)
  • Eva Margarette Chappell, Daughter (deceased)
  • William and Eva Chappell, Parents (deceased)
  • John Hosie and Sara Dolly Sparks, In Laws (deceased)
  • William Harvey Chappell Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • William Earl Chappell, Brother (deceased)
  • Billy Chappell, Brother (deceased)
  • Betty Jean Harris, Sister (deceased)
  • Jimmy Lewis Chappell, Brother (deceased)
  • Tommy Chappell, Brother (deceased)
  • Jerry Wayne Chappell, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Ray Chappell, Brother (deceased)

  • Michael Hughes, Active
  • Buddy Hughes Jr., Active
  • Jacob Smith, Active
  • William Smith, Active
  • Gary Sparks, Active
  • Tim Bowman, Active
  • Buddy Hughes Sr., Active


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Services

    Friday, April 9, 2021


James Richard Chappell

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Richard Sparks

April 5, 2021

Debbie, Donna, Gayle:
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of passing of my namesake Uncle Richard. He always called me namesake. Now he has a great namesake because my Grandson is named Richard too.

Richard Sparks and Family