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 Earl “Papa” Chatman

Earl “Papa” Chatman

Death 14 Mar 2012 (aged 77)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Spiro, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 86867942 · View Source
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Earl Chatman "Papa" was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was outgoing, always happy, and loved life. He had a great spirit; there was nothing he couldn't do. He loved music, singing, and keeping his yard beautiful. Earl's great spirit touched a lot of lives. His humor and jokes could make anyone's day better. His Laugh, love, and spirit will always be remembered.

Earl Chatman, 77, of Fort Smith, AR. entered into rest on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Little Rock, AR.
He was born June 15, 1934 to the late Flavor and Freeder Chatman.

He was of The Jehovah Witness Faith and retired employee of Shipley Baking Company.

He is survived by his wife Ratha, two daughters Gwendolyn Chatman of Fort Smith, AR. and Lisa Abdullah and husband Tarik of Fort Smith, AR., three sons Timmy Chatman and wife Jackie of Fort Smith, AR., Tommy Chatman and Rebecca of Fort Smith, AR., Kenneth Chatman Sr. of Fort Smith, AR. and Johnny Earl Chatman and Selena of Keller, TX., two brothers Calvon Chatman of Oakland, CA. and Troy Chatman of Kansas City, MO., two sisters Opal Clayton of Oklahoma City, OK. and Lillie Penn of Killeen, TX., fifteen grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren. He had numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of loving friends who will miss him very much.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 at Howard Elementary School Auditorium in Fort Smith, AR. with interment Fort Coffee Cemetery in Fort Coffee, OK.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, AR.

Pallbearers will be Dhafir Abdullah, Tarik Abdullah, Muhammad Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Melvin Delt and Johnny Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Taniko Chatman, Rashaud Chatman, Anthony Chatman, Ken Chatman Jr., Troy Chatman Jr. and Lamont Chatman.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, AR.




  • Created by: L Bruns
  • Added: 16 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86867942
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Earl “Papa” Chatman (15 Jun 1934–14 Mar 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86867942, citing Fort Coffee Community Cemetery, Spiro, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by L Bruns (contributor 46890146) .