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Willie R. Chappell

Passed 07/16/2018

Obituary for Willie R. Chappell

Spartanburg, SC -  Willie R. 'Skip' Chappell, 68, fell asleep in death on Monday, July 16, 2018. Willie was born in Greenwood, SC to the late Willie Henry Chappell and Annie Mae Holloway Chappell. He was the grandson of the late Timothy Chappell, Sr. and Sallie Mae Brooks Chappell and the great-grandson of the late Henry Stephens Chappell and Frances Griffin.  He leaves to cherish his precious memories to: his loving wife, Mrs. Mary Chappell of Spartanburg, SC; his daughter, Tessa M. Chappell of Boiling Springs, SC; his brother, Michael Chappell (Monika) of Apopka, FL; his uncle, Timothy Chappell, Jr. (Dorothy) of Hodges, SC; his two aunts, Hattie Lee Chappell Kennedy and Frances Chappell both of Greenwood, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Chappell was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Mae Chappell Leverette.  He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Northwest Congregation.  Willie was a graduate of Brewer High School receiving his diploma in 1967. He also attended Brewer Hospital School of Radiologic Technology receiving his License and Board Certification in 1969. He was drafted in the US Navy and completed four years of active duty and sixteen years in the Navy Reserve attaining rank of Hospitalman 1st Class. He took a position with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in 1973 and performed Radiologic Technology. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Imaging Services, and then promoted to Director of Imaging Services until retiring in 2001. He received Manager of the Year in 1989. During that time, he graduated from Spartanburg Community College receiving his Associates Degrees in Radiologic Technology, Accounting, and Management. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Limestone College in 1981. He served on several boards: Vital Federal Credit Union (President for many years), Spartanburg Community College Advisory Board; and trustee on the Board of Mountainview Nursing Home.  He was a member of The Eleven Gents Social Club. He was also an avid outdoors man and loved playing golf as his pastime.  Memorial Services for Willie R. 'Skip' Chappell will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm at The John Stinson Woodward Memorial Chapel, 602 Howard St., Spartanburg, SC. Bro. Howard Harris will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses (via or the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg,SC.  As an old Navy saying goes, 'Fair Winds and Following Seas' to all my friends.  J. W. Woodward Funeral Home

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