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Byrle G Chapman

December 10, 1945April 8, 2021
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Byrle G. Chapman, 75, Colorado City, passed away in Abilene on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Hendrick Medical Center. He was born in Duncan Oklahoma on December 10, 1945 to Joiel and Oma Mitchell Chapman. Byrle graduated from Loco Oklahoma in 1964 and was drafted in the Army to go to Vietnam in 1966. After serving his time as a Sergeant in the 4th Division Infantry Byrle left the Army in 1968 to attend Grayson County Community College and marry Judy Berg, the love of his life. For most of his life Byrle was a pumper for Chevron Oil Company, where he retired after proudly working for 36 years. Byrle was a “Jack of all Trades” with a hand delicate enough for a flower but strong enough to build anything you could imagine. To his family he was a true super-man showing the unending love of a husband, a father, and a grandfather. There was not a sporting event or school function for his grandchildren that he would miss unless it was impossible for him to be there. In his spare time he was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, and would spend countless hours tending to his yard and his garden. Byrle is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy Chapman, by his sons Mike Chapman and wife Christi of Snyder and Greg Chapman and wife Kelly of Coahoma, by grandchildren; Trace Chapman, Nathan Chapman, Morgan Chapman, and Reagan Chapman, and by a brother Bob Chapman and his wife Joyce of Tom Bean, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brothers J.T. Chapman, Jack Chapman, Mack Chapman, and Myrle Chapman, and by his sisters Lucille Hudson, Imogene Stewart, Mary O’Dell, and Ada Huckabee. A graveside service for Byrle will be held in the Elmwood Cemetery in Abilene on Wednesday, April 14th at 11 am with Rev. Donald Ward of the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City officiating. Pallbearers for the service will be Mike Chapman, Greg Chapman, Trace Chapman, Nathan Chapman, Reagan Chapman, and Skeet Chapman. Bob Chapman will serve as an honorary pallbearer. The family will receive friends for a visitation at Kiker Seale Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 13th from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his memory to the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City. Those wishing are encouraged to share a memory by visiting www.kikerseale.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Pam Walker Hallmark

April 18, 2021

I remember Byrle and Myrle from Loco School.
My brother Mike Walker was very good friends with them. They were always playing jokes on
each other. After watching the video, I think I would have recognized him. My dad, Joe Lee
Walked married him and Judy. I would have loved to talk with him.
So sorry to hear of his passing.

Cliff & Sandra Vlasin

April 17, 2021

Our hearts go out to the Chapman family in this time of sorrow. I wish we could be there to be a part of the myriad fishing stories that will undoubtedly be shared. Byrle, Judy, Mike, and Greg were all friends and always friendly. Y’all are in our treasured memories of our days in C-City. God be with you
“Mr. & Mrs. V”

Janice Walker

April 15, 2021

Dear Judy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear Byrle pasted away. Me, Byrle and his brother Myrle went to Loco School all the way through to graduation. He was such a good person (both him and his brother). I am so saddened to hear he pasted away. Myrle was always the class president and Byrle was Vice President and I was Secretary. We were great friends. More like brother and sister. It was my father-in-law Joe Lee Walker who married you two. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for you and your family.

Nicole Rivera

April 13, 2021

Mr. Chapman, I didn't know you well but you always gave a friendly wave as we turned down our street. Thank you for making us feel welcome in the neighborhood. And to Mrs. Chapman, we are always right down the street if there is anything you need please do not hesitate. May God wrap his unending grasp of comfort around you during this difficult time.

Geneva Jones

April 12, 2021

I'm sorry and sad to hear of Byrle's passing. I enjoyed working with Byrle and Judy during the election days. He made the long day seem not so long. My prayers are with the family. May he Rest In Peace.

Darrell Darrell

April 12, 2021

I met Bryle for the first time at Fort Lewis, Washington in 1966. We served in AIT and in Vietnam until 1967. We became real good friends. I consider a friend as someone who would take a bullet for you, Bryle was that kind of friend. We met periodically when I drove a truck and at our Vietnam reunions. With a heavy heart, you will be missed.

Darrell Moody

Nancy Wells

April 11, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss of Byrle Chapman. Byrle is a great man. He wasn’t just Judy’s husband, he was a father, son and friend. He always has a kind heart where he listens to Judy with some tea after work any chance he could get. He loved her and his children and grand children so much. Heaven has earned a great angel up there.

Ray Ellis

April 11, 2021

I’ll never forget fishing almost daily at Lake Champion in our little green boats with Byrle. I always knew were he was as he could whistle tunes all day long. We’d meet in a cove around lunch time that I nicknamed Vienna Sausage draw cause that was his lunch almost daily. He was a character in the Bass Club and always had all of us laughing at something he said. I used to tease him about it being unfair cause he could whistle and the bass would bite his lure. He taught me a lot about being retired my first year and I learned from the Pro (Byrle) about fishing. Byrle , Judy and his boys are definitely in my prayers.

Joe Stewart

April 11, 2021

Uncle Autie will always be one of my favorite uncle’s. Uncle Autie and I were the only two in the family that went to Vietnam, he was in Vietnam in 1967 in the 4th and the 42nd infantry division. Not knowing to me until a couple of years ago I was in the same unit as he was in Vietnam, but in 1970 and 1971. We visited and talked about our time there, we were in some of the same places we shared lots of memories. Betty and I traveled to Durango, Colorado a few years ago and on our way back we stopped and visited with Uncle Autie and Aunt Judy. While there we were talking about where Betty grew up at Lake Thomas and that her mother owned the café in Vincent and later moved it to the lake. Uncle Autie said he had eaten there many times and Betty’s mom made the best burgers. He knew her mother quite well from his visits to café.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time.

Joe and Betty Stewart

Gwen and Jack Ragsdale

April 10, 2021

Dear Judy ,
We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and the entire Chapman family. Byrle was a special, special man. I will always remember our conversations about his visits to my home state of South Dakota for pheasant hunting, something near and dear to my heart. He never failed to put a smile on my face; and his grandchildren were truly blessed to have one of the most dedicated grandads that I have ever known. The fish are biting and the birds are flying!!

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