Donald Ray Chappell II

October 10, 1972December 24, 2018
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Donald Ray Chappell, II (Don), age 46, of Ridgeway, Virginia, passed away on Christmas Eve at his home. He was born October 10, 1972 to Donald Ray Chappell, Sr. and Sandra Belcher Chappell.

Don is survived by his parents, his son Johnathan Chappell, daughter Danielle Chappell, brother Brian Chappell, nephew Dylan Chappell and niece Mady Chappell.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, James Paul (J.P.) and Lillian Reynolds Chappell, and Russell and Goldie Pendleton Belcher.

Don graduated from Laurel Park High School in the class of 1990. He was most recently employed by Stone Dynamics and has fond memories of his employment with the City of Martinsville where he was known by coworkers as “The Rock.”

Our Don’s struggle with depression took his life, but that will not be how his life is defined. Don was a good time waiting to happen. He was greatly loved by his family and friends. He could make anything funny, and if he didn’t make you laugh you probably have a faulty funny bone. He was an avid fisherman, loved to go to the beach, watch and quote movies, admired his comic book heroes, and was always the life of the party. He was generous and helpful, loving and kind, thoughtful and tender-hearted. But depression is a liar and would not allow him to see these wonderful things in himself.

If there are lessons to be learned when these tragedies occur, let this be one: There are people that are in such unbearable pain that their realities are altered. They are doing their best to seem ‘normal’ and they’ll say they’re ‘hanging in there’ but their strength is running out and they’re tired. Your decency and acceptance may not be what changes their heart or mind, but it may give you the opportunity to encourage them to seek help and treatment. Be kind and love one another.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The family will also receive friends and family after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the home of Don’s aunt located at 339 Trinity Terrace, Martinsville, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rich Acres Christian Church, 422 Mountain View Road, Martinsville, VA 24112


  • James Paul "J.P." Chappell, Grandfather
  • Lillian Reynolds Chappell, Grandmother
  • Russell Belcher, Grandfather
  • Goldie Pendleton Belcher, Grandmother
  • Donald Ray Chappell Sr., Father
  • Sandra Belcher Chappell, Mother
  • Johnathan Chappell, Son
  • Danielle Chappell, Daughter
  • Brian Chappell, Brother
  • Dylan Chappell, Nephew
  • Mady Chappell, Niece


  • Visitation Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, December 31, 2018

Donald Ray Chappell II

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Dylan Chappell

March 2, 2019

My Uncle Don was a sweet kind man I love him very much and he had so much love talent humor good looks and he is more to me than just an uncle. Even though I only was alive in his time for 12 years 7 months and 15 days he still done a lot for me like my projects riding the four wheeler and more and more good stuff that he done. I miss him and that smile very much my whole family does my grandma my papa and everyone. But we will never ever forget what he gave and done for us. The Lord is with us all the way and I just pray and think that everything's going good I think he is in the promised land with God I really do sincerely Dylan Chappell.

Gayle Meadors

January 6, 2019

Dear Donnie and Sandra,

Graduated with you in 1969.

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I will be praying for your family. May God Bless you.

Gayle Cherry Meadors

Pam Grogan Murphy Harris

January 3, 2019

Sandra & Donnie:
I am so sorry about your son. My heart goes out to you both and his kids and his brother. When reading his obituary I cried all the way through it because even though I did not know him, I knew some of his pain (depression). The obituary was such an honest expression of what a liar and deceiver depression can be and how you’ve thought things over and over in your mind until you believe them and there seems no other way out from the endless pain. Some people uneducated about depression might say it is a coward’s way out but in the state he must have been, it was the only way out in the state of mind depression had put him in. It’s the deepest darkest pit! It’s not something most people can even begin to understand as they think of depression as just being sad and it will pass.

I've been praying for your family since I heard the sad news and will continue to pray for you all that God will help comfort and guide you at this time.


Patty Wilkins

January 1, 2019

I'm in disbielf after hearing of your passing. You made me laugh so much the last time I saw you that I'd have never imagined your heart was hurting. It will never hurt again although ours will. Fly High Brother until we meet again.

Laurel Park 1990

December 31, 2018

Brenda Wilson

December 31, 2018

I do not know you personally but I did have a nephew who passed away in 2012 at the same age of 46. This nephew had the same problems (plus others) your loved one did so I can somewhat know what you have been through. No family should have to deal with what you surely have dealt with. You have my deepest sympathy and prayer as you try to go on with your lives.

DiAnne Handy Dix

December 31, 2018

Donnie and Sandra, so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
DiAnne and Richard Dix

Mary Van Hook

December 30, 2018

I only remember Don and Brian when they were quite young when I worked with Sandra at the Health Dept. Life happens and you lose touch with one another, but we had recently reconnected on Facebook. I have no words to express how very sorry I am for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Cindy Price

December 29, 2018

Sandra and Donnie so sorry to hear of your loss may God comfort you at this time

Diane Bryan

December 29, 2018

Don was a great friend and made me laugh alot. He always tried to keep the peace between everyone My grandkids called him Don Juan and keep them laughing he was so kind hearted to my son and me and my grandkids He will be miss so much. Fly high you are a awesome angel gone but not forgotten. Loved by all