Virginia Chapman Smith

March 11, 1923February 4, 2019

Virginia Smith died Monday, February 4, 2019, at her home at Riverside Senior Living after an extended illness. She was born March 11, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, to Theodore and Voris Jordan Chapman. In 1943 she married Allison F.Smith and moved to Decatur where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a long-time member of Decatur First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the United Methodist Women’s group and served on numerous committees. She volunteered at Decatur General (now Decatur Morgan) Hospital for several years. Virginia enjoyed playing bridge in a couple of bridge clubs and at the Senior Center. She was a master puzzle and crossword solver and loved playing board and card games with the children at family gatherings. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Alison Lee Smith Towry, a son-in-law, Randolph Towry, and two brothers, Ralph Chapman and Robert Chapman. She had a strong personality and sense of right and wrong. Until a debilitating stroke, she served as a representative of the residents of Riverside and never hesitated to stand up for what she believed was right. She enjoyed travel and a special treat was a family cruise put together by her brother several years ago. She hosted Thanksgiving dinners at her home and was pleased to present delicious meals and lovely table settings. All of Riverside Senior Living and her nearby family came together to honor her on her 90th birthday in 2013. She loved her family and was very fond of all of her caregivers at Riverside. They made her life full and comfortable. The family is also appreciative of the services of Hospice of the Valley in her final days. Virginia is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and and their children. Her legacy and joy in life will continue through all of these. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at First United Methodist Church of Decatur, with visitation from 1:30 to 2:30 and funeral to follow at 2:30 with Rev. Dr. Hughey Reynolds and Rev. Charles Boling officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Decatur First United Methodist Church.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Smith family.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Robin Chapman-Allen

February 6, 2019

I loved my Aunt Ginny. She was such a fun person to be around. Always smiling and cared about whoever she was with. Her 2 brothers loved her and they all had the best outlook on life despite many hardships. All turned into successful, admired, smart, witty human beings. She has left a hole in my heart. God is welcoming her with open arms. She's with Uncle Smitty at last. God is good. Love from her niece Robin Chapman Allen.