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Willis Brown Chapman

Hewitt, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Death 28 Nov 2004 (aged 84)
Burial Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 100044620 · View Source
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Willis B. Chapman, 84, of Waco, passed away at a local hospital on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs., December 2, 2004, at Waco Memorial Park with the Rev. Rick Mang officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco. Friends are invited to visit with the family at Ridgecrest Retirement Center in Waco following the service.

Willis Brown Chapman was born in Hewitt on Jan. 7, 1920, to Glenn Daniel and Clara Conger Brown Chapman. He attended schools in the area and worked on the farm owned by his parents. Willis attended Texas A&M University graduating in 1941 with a degree in Agronomy. While at A&M he was a member of the Headquarters Troop of the Army ROTC and the Cavalry Cadet Corps. He was one of the last members of the ROTC mounted horse cavalry. He remained an Aggie supporter all of his life and was an active member of the Capitol City A&M Club. Upon his graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. One month later he was called into active duty and reported immediately to Fort Polk in Louisiana. He joined the 7th armored division and in 1943 was assigned company commander of Service Company 740th Battalion. The 740th was sent to the combat theater in Belgium. From December 1944 the battalion moved through Belgium, France, and advanced on the German border. For his outstanding service, Willis was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Willis remained in Germany on occupational duty from May 1945, until the War in the Pacific ended. He returned to the States in 1946 and was honorably discharged as Captain. He went to work for Olin Matheson Agricultural Supplies until his retirement and then entered real estate specializing in the sale of farms and ranches. He pursued his own farming interests by managing his family's farm through the years and continued to do so until his death.

Willis married Dorothy Schiemenz on May 24, 1952. Dorothy was born in Gerald on July 23, 1924. They lived in Waco, San Antonio, and Austin. Dorothy received her degree in nursing from Providence School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse all her life. She retired from St. David's after having served as Head nurse of Surgery for a number of years. Dorothy died November 9, 1997, after a long illness. Willis and Dorothy shared a long-time interest in the Children's Presbyterian Homes. They also financially supported the Cedar Crest Foundation in Belton, a residential treatment center and school for children and adolescents. A garden for the children was established in Dorothy's name.

Also preceding Willis in death were his parents; and brother, Robert.

Surviving Willis are his sister, Frances Chapman Warren of Waco; sister-in-law, Gladys Neckar of Waco; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are Barker Chapman, Glenn Warren, Chester Baxley, Dixon Toney, Arthur Schiemenz, Jr., Robert Schiemenz, and Marshall Brown.

Memorials may be made to the Dorothy and Willis B. Chapman General Education Scholarship at the Presbyterian Children's Homes at 4407 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX 78746. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Ridgecrest Retirement Center and Providence Health Center.

Austin American-Statesman, December 1, 2004

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  • Created by: Andrea Berger Walston
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100044620
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Willis Brown Chapman (7 Jan 1920–28 Nov 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100044620, citing Waco Memorial Park, Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Andrea Berger Walston (contributor 47029130) .