Noel Don Chapman

September 24, 1937 - December 24, 2019
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Noel "Don" Chapman peacefully entered into the presence of his Savior on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his home in Carnegie, OK. He was born September 24, 1937 in Carnegie, OK to James Frank and Ella Mae Barney Chapman.
Don attended Alfalfa Public Schools graduating with the Class of 1956, where he made many lifelong friendships. He married Jan Harding on December 19, 1958 in Clinton, OK and had two children, David and Shannon. Don was a hard-working family man with an amazing work ethic which he passed on to many. He worked with his hands his whole life working on the family farm, the Horn Canna Farm, many wheat harvests and the state of Oklahoma Highway department where he and his brothers built the Talimena Scenic Drive in southeast Oklahoma. He later moved to Texas where he worked in construction with his brother-in-law and eventually built his own successful business in insulation.
A long standing deacon in the church, Don lived a life of service to others both in the church and in everyday life. Although he was a successful business man, his true treasure was stored up in heaven. During their 61 years of marriage, Don and Jan’s home was always a refuge for those in need. During the earlier years of their marriage they gave a home to troubled youth who needed a place to land and gave temporary housing to homeless families and individuals.
During the 1980’s and the SouthEast Asian refugee crisis, “Papa” Don sponsored many displaced Vietnamese and Laotian refugee families, helping them to embark on a new life in the United States.
Don and Jan’s work with refugee families led to the adoption of their son, Michael, and permanent fostering of a sibling group of five children: Trinh, Linda, Tim, Julie, and John, who still call them mom and dad.
After raising their own family of two biological children and six adopted children, their desire to
serve and help others was never diminished. Although they no longer gave homes to the homeless, Don and Jan used their home, up until just recently, to provide space for a food pantry that provided food for countless people in their community in Anna, TX.
He and Jan returned home to Carnegie in August of this year.

Don is survived by the followiing:
His wife of 61 years: Jan Chapman
His son David Don Chapman and his friend Valerie Troncoso
His daughter Shannon Suarez, her husband Efrem and their children Tori, Alex, Brianna, Mia, Levi and Sofie.
His son Michael Chapman, his wife Roxanne and their children Tran and AJ.
His daughter Trinh (Teresa) Truong, her husband Justin and their children Danielle, Brandon, and future son-in-law Wesley Lo.
His daughter Linda Paschal and her husband Matt.
His son Tim Nguyen and son JD (Jeremiah Derek)
His daughter Julie (Thanh) Nguyen Tran, her husband Dang and their children Kevin, Vivian, and Nathan.
His son John Nguyen
His sister Bessie Hamilton and her children.
His sister Jimmie Lee Jones and her son.
His brother Larry Chapman, his wife Louise and their children
His sister, Theresa Thompson and her daughter.
His brother Curtis, his wife La and their daughter.
The family of Lan Bui: Doungmala, Rocky, Sone, and Paula
Dong Su and family.


Noel Don was preceded in death by his parents, James & Ella Mae Chapman, as well as his siblings Earl Chapman, Frank Chapman, and Mildred Compton. He was also preceded in death by dear friend Lan X Bui.


“‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” - Matthew 25:34-35


Funeral Service: Saturday, December 28, 2019, 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Carnegie, OK
Internment: Alfalfa Cemetery, Alfalfa, OK


Viewing: Friday, December 27, 2019 9:00AM-8:00 PM
Family Visitation, Friday, December 27, 2019 6:00PM-8:00PM
Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Carnegie, OK


Under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Carnegie, OK



Service Information

Viewing
Date: December 26, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Viewing
Date: December 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Funeral
Date: December 28, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Interment
Date: December 28, 2019

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Todd Engels
Anna, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with all if you! God bless!
Tracy Price Pace
Kingsland, TX
I remember him as a kind and gentle so who was such a Godly example to us young people at Beverly Hills Bapt church.
Tracy Price Pace
Kingsland, TX
I remember him as a kind an gentle soul and such Godly example for us young people at Beverly Hills Bapt Church.My love , thoughts and prayers to the family
Carol Chapman
Anna, TX
Praying for you, Jan. Was so sorry to hear we lost the Candy Man.
Vic Roustio
Lubbock, TX
I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Praying for you and your family at this sad time. Love you!!
Juanita & Kim
Mansfield, TX
We miss him dearly and praying for you Jan, Shannon, David & Micheal. Love you all.
Skip & Judy Graves
Keller, TX
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing.  So thankful that we will see him again when we all get "home." Love and prayers to all your family.
Jonan Foster and Jim Henderson
Anna, TX
We wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear of Don's passing.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lap Su and family
Los Angeles, CA
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing.  He was an extremely caring and kind man.  Don made a difference in so many lives.  We are very lucky and thankful to have been apart of his family.  Please know you and your family are in our thoughts, and in our hearts
Thanh Su and family
Lewisville, TX
Mr. Don was a very special man to our family.  Our most condolences to your family, Ms. Jan.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Don & Vickie Epperson
Carnegie, OK
We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing, but we know where he will be waiting for us to join him in eternity....
Tom and Peggy Davis
Carnegie, OK
We are sorry to hear of Don's passing. In our short time of knowing Don, he will be missed, but we will meet again in heaven.  Sending prayers your way.
Dong Su
The Colony, TX
May the blessing on the mercy of the soul of Don Noel Chapman come to the Lord forever.

Dong Su & family
Amy Heath-Miller
Shawnee, OK
Sending my love and prayers to aunt Jan and all our family. Uncle Don was a great man. I always enjoyed spending Thanksgiving at his house growing up.
Linda COTH
Dallas, TX
My deepest condolences to the precious Family. May the Peace of God be overflowing ??
Mike Compton
Pomerene, AZ
Don was one of the nicest and most decent person I ever had the privilege of knowing.  A smile comes on my face each and every time I think of "Uncle" Don.  My deepest condolences to Jan and the entire Chapman family.
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