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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Rachel Henderson Chapman

October 26, 1928June 13, 2020

Rachel Evelyn Henderson Chapman, age 91, of Union City, GA passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Allen B. Chapman, parents J.D. and Exie Belle Henderson, and sister, Wilbur Hallsworth. She is survived by her children, Lane Caldwell (Ed), Lisa Romine (Steve), and Ward Chapman (Jill), 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was born in Decatur, GA and spent most of her life in the Atlanta area. Rachel was retired from Social Expressions where she made many close friends and enjoyed meeting them for lunch through the years. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed nothing more than hosting the family’s Christmas Eve celebration every year. She loved reading, shopping and antiquing. The family would like to thank her neighbor and friend, Gary Rucker, for the special care that he gave her through the years. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. A private graveside service for the family will be held at the historic Westview Cemetery, in Atlanta. There will be no visitation or funeral service at the funeral home.

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Deborah Bowen

June 16, 2020

Dear Lane, Lisa, and Ward,

These are the characteristics Aunt Rachel demonstrated: forward thinking, perseverance, joy for life, out-going personality, hospitality and generosity, exuberance for family and friends' social, interactions, maintenance/care of these relationships, and continuing lifelong, unbroken loyalty to her big sister.

She was a professional. As the Manager, her work ethic at Hallmark/Social Expressions built positive relationships with
colleagues and superiors, and produced high sales results.
(She got me my first, after marriage, job at Hallmark, Rich's.)

Summer visits at Aunt Rachel's brought on The Fun Factory: shelling peas, (too much soup), club bingo, swimming, teaching card games, nocturnal ice cream runs, riding down town to see lights of ATL, cinnamon toast with chocolate milk, antiquing/frame shopping, teaching Joe to drive the big station wagon.

Christmas Eves were beyond comparison; the goodies, the food fixin's, the multitude of gifts, which were individually and beautifully wrapped with each recipient in mind; all the extended family brought together in an unparalleled way to experience togetherness, laughter, and love.

Aunt Rachel created a beautiful home, reflecting her gift/talent for decorating, and her appreciation of history. She developed comfortable surroundings, where, both, strangers and not, felt at ease amongst all her personal belongings. Each item came with a story.

She has always been available to talk and LISTEN to me, especially during "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere". She has taught me to live "in the moment". I especially appreciate how she gracefully maintained dignity, with thoughtfulness toward her children, while living independently, on her journey home. Hers has been a Quality Life.

Thank you, for letting me share your sweet mother, My Aunt Rachel.

Debbie

Elise Meyer

June 16, 2020

Lane, Lisa, Ward and all of your loving family, you all must know how special Rachel was to everyone. She was the epitome of a true Southern Lady - loved by all and missed by as many. Rachel loved her family and spoke often of all of you - so much so that I felt I knew many of you over the last 30+ years. Rachel was kind, compassionate, passionate, caring and just SPECIAL. As you know, she was the first employee of Social Expressions. It's a true testament of Rachel and all the ladies who really formed a family as they worked together. It's been 20 years since the stores were sold and it warms my heart to be able to drive to Fayetteville to meet Rachel, Patti and the ladies for lunch. I know that Mr. M. is there to welcome her into the world to come as well as Kathryn, Allen, Mother C and all her family and friends. One special memory for you guys - when I was pregnant with Lindsay (now 32) the store managers and a few sales reps had a baby shower for me. I did not know the sex of the baby. As I opened the gifts, generic towels, etc. as you would expect, the one from Rachel was the most memorable to this day - I opened the box and in it was a beautiful pink and white dress. When I said to Rachel, "you know we don't know if it's a boy or a girl." She replied with her big smile - "take it home and hang it in the closet - you will have a little girl." And I did as she said, and I did indeed deliver a little girl. I will indeed miss talking to and seeing Rachel but I will not forget her or all the life lessons I learned from her.
Elise Maslia Meyer

Missy Brown

June 15, 2020

Dear Lane, Lisa and Ward,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Rachel was a special lady and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. I loved the sound of her voice. She was the picture of dignity, grace and strength.

I am glad that she is no longer suffering and is resting in peace at home with Jesus. We will be praying for His mercy and grace to comfort you as you love and miss her.

Love,
Missy

Paula Peppers

June 15, 2020

I loved Rachel she was always letting me use my imagination to decorate the shop I remember how she and Patti grinned at me when I applied for the job they hired me on the spot I started out on weekends and ended up full time I loved it and all the wonderful people I got to work with I will miss her.

Hope Steele

June 15, 2020

Dear Lane, Lisa, Ward and all,

I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Aunt Rachel. She was so sweet to be with and I enjoyed the time we were able to spend together. She was always so kind and so beautiful. Her laugh and smile brightened every room. I, too, loved her voice!

She fought so hard and gracefully these last few years. I am glad she is no longer suffering and in a better place, but saddened that she is no longer with us.

Rest assured of my prayers for you all in the days and months ahead.

Love,

Hope

Dell Burnside

June 15, 2020

Rachel and I met in 1979 while working for Social Expressions.
She took me under her wing and taught me so much about
Hallmark cards and the retail shop. But even more important
she taught me about friendship. I always admired her quiet strength
and determination. We remained friends all these years and I will
miss you dear sweet Rachel. Dell Burnside

Jennifer St Clair

June 15, 2020

I have known Mrs. Chapman for 60 years as Lane and I have been friends since fifth grade and lived in the same neighborhood growing up. She was the dearest lady of all and I loved going to her house to play with Lane and eat candy!! Rachel loved candy too!! She was a beautiful lady and sweet and kind to all she met. And was always dressed as a lady should be. She was devoted to her husband and missed him to the end. Beautiful marriage, beautiful family and I know the Lord had open arms for her at her death. Prayers and love to the family. Love you Lane🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Joe Hallsworth

June 14, 2020

I remember going to Aunt Rachel’s house as a child. She was so kind and so much fun. I always felt I was at home with Aunt Rachel. I can remember her saying “I love you, Joe” in her reassuring voice. She could always make me laugh. Aunt Rachel was special! I will miss you Aunt Rachel! Joe Hallsworth

Paula and Kacy Peppers

June 14, 2020

Christmas
Party

Paula and Kacy Peppers

June 14, 2020

Christmas party with social expressions girls

FROM THE FAMILY