OBITUARY

Mr. Donnie R. Chappell

February 24, 1941July 19, 2020
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Donnie Ray Chappell, 79, of Liberty, passed away on Sunday July 19, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital-Downtown.

Born on February 24, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert Leslie Chappell and Bessie Stephens Chappell. A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Donnie cherished his family. He owned and operated Liberty Tire Exchange for 35 years and he enjoyed golf. Donnie was a member of The Rock at Jocassee, the Pickens Country Club and Rolling Green golf course of Dacusville. He could clog dance and was an avid Clemson Tigers football fan. Donnie was of the Baptist faith.

Donnie leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 59 years, Elaine Lusk Chappell; one son, Cameron Scott Chappell; one sister, Cornelia Ann Chappell Lynch and two granddaughters, Chloe Michele Chappell and Claire Ray Chappell. Along with his parents, Donnie was preceded in death by one daughter, Tammy Michele Chappell; one son, Tommy Ray Chappell; six brothers, Carrell Chappell, Lloyd Chappell, James Chappell, JC Chappell, Steve Chappell and Reverend Odell Chappell, and one sister, Idell Moser.

The family will receive friends Thursday July 23, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday July 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home with the Reverend Greg Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020

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Mr. Donnie R. Chappell

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Katrina Holmes

July 21, 2020

Aunt Elaine , Cameron, Chloe and Claire I am so saddened for you. I wish I could be with family now and celebrate the life of such a wonderful man. The Chappell family was blessed with some wonderful uncles. Uncle Donnie will be missed. Heaven is sweeter.
All our love and prayers from Katrina, Levi, Sam and Ava.

Earlene Keeney

July 21, 2020

I remember when I would come home to see family from Michigan we would swing by the tire shop to see Donnie, wouldn't be but a few minutes and Elaine would be there to see us as well. I am not sure how Donnie could get hold of her so fast but it was like magic. I will miss his smiles and hugs. I am one of Sue McAtee's daughters. We will miss coming home and getting to see all of the Chappell's that have passed. There are far too many of them leaving us. Wish the family all the best. The picture Denise shared is from a couple years ago when we were home and at Joe's Ice Cream Parlor. Some might say it was a "chance meeting" but I think it was a gift. In the photo other than Elaine and Donnie are: left to right - Ramona, Earlene and Denise on far right side.

Denise Mickealson

July 21, 2020

So sad to hear that we no longer can see Donnie's big smile and hear his laughter but I am sure he is smiling really really big as he sits at the feet of his Savior. Everything makes sense to him now and he is able to be with his loved ones that have gone on before him. Donnie and Elaine have always been the sweetest, kindest people you would ever want to know. They are family (I am one of Mary Sue Chappell -McAtee"s daughters) and will be greatly missed. This world is losing far too many great people these days.

Martin LaBar

July 21, 2020

We moved to Maryland in April, to be near family (although we don't see much of them, due to the pandemic). We kept our on-line subscription to the Greenville News, and were saddened to see Donnie's death listed in the obituary page.

Donnie, and the Tire Exchange, worked on our cars for many years, until we got new ones that needed to be serviced at the dealers to stay under warranty. He always treated us fairly, and went out of his way to find parts, or whatever was needed. He saw to it that we didn't have to wait long if there was a way to take us to our house while repairs or maintenance was being done. He was always good on the phone -- I heard many a conversation while waiting on our car. He seemed to know everyone, and to be really interested in them. He was always friendly, and cheerful. So sorry he is gone. God comfort you in this loss. Sorry that we can't attend any services for him.

Carl S Bagwell

July 20, 2020

My family and I convey our condolences in the loss of your husband and father of your children. THE LORD will be there when you need him most. Over the past year my family and myself had the privilege of knowing Brother Chappell when in business in Liberty,SC. Most of all knowing the rest of the family being raised up at Cannon Mountain Baptist Church, Pickens, SC . We pray GOD will supply your ever need, in the days ahead. Carl, Sharon and Cameron Bagwell Easley,SC

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