Gary Michael Chapman Jr.

February 2, 1982December 10, 2018
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Gary Michael Chapman Jr. was born February 2, 1982 and was a resident of Chowchilla, Ca. Gary graduated Chowchilla High school in 2000 and enlisted in the United States Navy. Gary loved playing cards since a child and continued his passion of card dealing as an adult after he returned from the Navy. Gary enjoyed fishing and hunting and being with family. Gary was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and they adored spending time with him.

Gary passed away on December 10, 2018 in Madera, California. Gary is survived by his parents Frank and Lori Whatley, brother’s Frankie Whatley, Bubba (Roni) Whatley, sister Tami Whatley and grandfather Ronald Little. Gary is preceded in death by his grandmother Barbara Little.

A viewing will be held at Palm Memorial Worden Chapel, 140 South 6th Street in Chowchilla, California on December 17, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be held at the Chowchilla First Assembly of God, 317 Orang Avenue, Chowchilla, California on December 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. with a Graveside Service to follow at Chowchilla Cemetery District, 23359 Road 14 ½, Chowchilla, California. All friends and family are welcomed to attend a reception following the Graveside Service at Chowchilla First Assembly of God Church.

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts”.


  • Tim Slenders, Pallbearer
  • Trevor Slenders, Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Crump, Pallbearer
  • John Crump, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Little, Pallbearer
  • Jason Little, Pallbearer
  • Bubba "Roni" Whatley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Drecian Salazar, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mark Little, Honorary Pallbearer



  • Visitation Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 18, 2018


  • Interment, Reception Following

Gary Michael Chapman Jr.

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Mom Whatley

December 26, 2018


I called you on your phone today to wish you a Merry Christmas even though you didn’t answer I left you a message.

I wonder is you’re fishing? I wonder if you’re just sitting talking to momma? I wonder who you’re cooking for?

I know in my heart you’re in peace and not in pain anymore. So I can hear your silly laugh and amazing smile that can light up the room when you walked in.

I thank god for the time that we shared together you my son, and me your mom. I will always cherish every moment, every day.

When you left me you took a part of my heart that is breaking each day.
They say time heals, but losing you will never heal.
I miss you so much

You will always be with me my son, my love, my G💕

Patricia Little

December 17, 2018

How Lucky I Am To Have Something That Makes Saying Goodbye So Hard.
......Winnie The Pooh

Gary Michael,
You Have Always Meant So Very Much To Me, Those Special Memories Of You Will Always Bring A Smile, If Only I Could Have You Back Even For A Little While.

When You Reached For My Hand And Told Me That You Loved Me And To Take Care Of Your Mom I Knew This Was Our Last Goodbye..

Forever In My Heart 💓

Love Aunt Trisha...

Blair Cook

December 16, 2018

My whole heart goes to the friends and family. Gary and I have known each other our whole lives. He will always have a place in my heart.
One Christmas he came to my dads house. He started cooking and telling my dad how to cook. My dad just listened and followed his directions.
Gary was amazing. I will cherish every laugh, smile and hug I got to share with him Always in my heart.


William McAbee

December 16, 2018

Gary! I’ll miss your smile and the way you entered the room. Here’s to cooking a great dinner and the conversations we had! You’ll be missed!

Trevor Slenders

December 16, 2018

I’ll miss you a lot, Gary.
We had a lot of good times from when you’d take me out to play pool in your old Mercedes (back when you wore corduroys) to us living up at Jeffros, spending every day together.

But....the prettiest flowers get picked the earliest - and that you were.

But now you’re back with grandma, she’ll take care of you.

Love you Gary..

Uncle " Jeffro " Deniz

December 16, 2018

Although I only got to know you for the few short years while you lived with us but came to love you very much. You made a huge impact on my heart . I'll miss those awesome meals you always cooked. You always had a huge smile and wonderful conversation waiting when I came home from work. I'll miss our knowledge about history chats and just miss you in general. God needed an angel with a True heart kid so spread your wings and fly. Maybe the loss of such a good man will teach others to find the right path in life. God Speed Young Man.. You are truly missed by so many and forever in our hearts

Blair Cook

December 15, 2018

Gary Chapman May you dance with the angels. I will always miss you ❤️

Clint Pittman

December 15, 2018

Kevin Little

December 15, 2018

Typical Gary Chapman. This was the first time my wife saw real mountains. Tuesday is gonna suck really REALLY bad for me 😞

Jamie Walters

December 15, 2018

I have to say there are a few people from high school that I am sad I drifted away from over the years. Gary Chapman was always one of my good friends in high school. We went to youth group together and he was friends with my brother. We always had the best talks...if I needed advice or someone just to make me laugh about things I could talk to him. Sadly this is one of the only pictures I had with him (we didn’t have convenient pics with digital photography back then lol). It’s sad that so many years can go by without seeing or talking to people that you used to be so close to. RIP Gary