David L. Chatham

February 14, 1935March 18, 2020

David Lee Chatham, 85, of Morris, Alabama, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Benson and Ruth Chatham, his loving wife of 54 years, Vivian Chatham, his precious great-granddaughter, Hattie Ruth Philpot and his brother, Jack Chatham.

David is survived by his two daughters, Darlene (Dave) O’Neal and Terri (Bill) Philpot. Grandchildren: Shannon (Michael) Wilkes, Allison (Sean) McGrath, Taylor (Kelsee) Philpot, Hayley (Justin) Rude, Garrett O’Neal, Landon Philpot, and Braden Philpot. Great-Grandchildren: Kennedy Wilkes, Cameron Wilkes, Boone McGrath, Emmy McGrath, Preslee Philpot, Nolan Philpot, Vivian Philpot and Nash Rude. Brothers: Fred (Charlotte) Chatham, Jim (Sara) Chatham, and Ron (Jing) Chatham. Sisters: Patsy Weaver and Peggy Edwards. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and many many friends. Special friends: Joy Abbott and Julie McCay.

David was a graduate of Mortimer Jordan High School, Class of 1954. He proudly served our country in the 101st Airborne Unit of the United States Army. He was a draftsman/engineer by trade. He was a member of Gardendale Church of Christ and often visited his friends at Morris Church of Christ. He was a wonderful friend and Christian role model. People loved him everywhere he went.

The family would like to give special thanks to UAB Gardendale, UAB Hospital and UAB Palliative Care for the phenomenal end of life care that David received over the last month.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in David’s memory to the UAB Palliative Care Unit, Attention: Jackie Palmore, 1713 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233


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Bethany Heron

March 24, 2020

Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
David, Bethany, and Davis Heron

Brenda LaBore Jones

March 22, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much he meant to you Darlene and I’m so glad you have his favorite seat in your home. You will have precious memories to help you through such a difficult time. Prayers are going up for you and your family. He had such a beautiful smile shown on his photo. I’m sure he is smiling real big right now seeing family members and our precious Jesus.
Brenda LaBore Jones

Joy Abbott

March 21, 2020

Darlene & Terri words cannot tell how sorry i am for the loss of your dad.
Also sympathy to all the family.
He was truly a man to be proud of. He walked the walk & talked the talk in Jesus footprints. Always put others before himself. Loved his family & those precious grands & greatgrands. Life will be void without him but remember he's with the love of his life, "your mom" & you can see him again one day. He'll still be near you-he just stepped into another room to rest.
I love all of you & pray daily for peace & comfort as you travel this journey without him.

Donnie Hurst

March 20, 2020

David, showed sacrificial love in caring for his wife in her last days. Watching him lift her in his arms out of a wheelchair to load her in their auto. It was very very difficult but he remained a good example for others to emulate. I loved David & Vivian, but it is easy to love those, that love you. I will try to care his goodwill forward , and be a better listener like him. David, you influenced me for the better in so many ways.

Carmen Anders

March 20, 2020

I’m proud to call him Uncle. The memory that comes to mind, is his favorite song he requested when we often had the family jam sessions. He always wanted Darlene to sing Grandma’s Feather Bed. And the love he had for his family.
Thinking of his family in this sad time and knowing the rejoicing that’s happening in heaven. We will meet again ♥️


March 20, 2020

I was blessed to have had some time with this wonderful man...knowing that my folks already loved him, went to school together, and he married my Mom's good friend...I was happy to get to know him more..we had some great laughs and good times, and I will always cherish those..He left such a beautiful family and they in turn are having beautiful families that are having he could have done with his time on earth! I love you Mr. David, and am glad to know you are at peace

Lisa Stinson

March 20, 2020

Your dad was such a sweet man. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love y'all.