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Roy (R.W.) Chapman September 16, 1950 - December 19, 2019

Roy (R.W.) Chapman, age 69 of Sparta, Missouri passed away late Thursday evening, December 19, 2019 in his home. He was born September 16, 1950 in Sparta the son of Lester Lloyd and Bessie Lee (Thompson) Chapman. On July 4, 1969 he was united in marriage to Brenda Holt in Fair Grove.

Roy faithfully attended and served as a deacon at Ozark Baptist Temple of Ozark. He enjoyed vacationing with his grandchildren, loved being with people and he actually never knew a stranger. In 1971, Roy began his career with the Springfield Public Schools in the maintenance department and retired after 35 dedicated years. After retirement, he enjoyed participating in bicycle marathons and extended rides to Texas, Virginia, Kansas, California, the Katy Trail and the Frisco Trail. For 10 years, his adventures also included completing the National MS Society race event.

Roy is survived by his wife Brenda; a son Ashley Chapman and wife Gaylene; daughter Letha Evans and husband Michael; five grandchildren Aleasha Humble, Cassidy Chapman, Olivia Chapman, Maggie Evans and Cody Evans; one great-granddaughter Hadley Humble; a brother Ernie Chapman and wife Joyce; numerous nieces, nephews and other caring relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Tabitha and two brothers Charles and Glen.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday December 23, 2029 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday evening in the funeral home. On line condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com


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    Donna Tatum says

    Praying the Lord give comfort to your family. I am truly sorry for your loss . God bless you all during this difficult time and always

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    Donna Freeman says

    It was with deep sadness that I learned of Roy’s passing. I enjoyed working with him for many years at Kickapoo High School. Roy was personable, a hard-worker, and a true gentleman. He will be missed. Roy was very proud of his family and spoke of them often. May they be comforted by precious memories of their loved one.

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    Kevin Byrne says

    May he rest in peace!!

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    David Julian says

    The Wednesday Bike Group misses you Roy, but we know you and Curtis are in a better place at Jesus’ side.

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    Theresa Gallagher says

    Roy was admired and loved by many. May God surround your family with his love and comfort during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,

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    Debbie Dick says

    I worked with Roy for many years at KHS. He would come into the library and visit & joke with us almost daily. I was sad to hear of his battle with ALS. Please know that your husband & dad touched many lives. He will be greatly missed.

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    Joyce and Ray Andrews says

    Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about RW passing.! His fight with ALS is over and he is at rest with his god in heaven. My prayers are with you and your family . May God give you comfort in knowing you will see him again.

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    Janice Briggs says

    Brenda and Family-
    My thoughts are with in this time of loss. I will miss Roy, his lively conversation and wit.

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    Sue Schuble says

    I worked with Roy at Kickapoo High School. He was always so personable and helpful! He never hesitated to help me set up the volleyball nets! We both rode in the MS150 and I admired his passion and enthusiasm for biking. What an awful disease he and his family had to combat! May he now rest in peace!

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    Ben Byrd says

    Roy was a friend of mine for many years at Kickapoo. He always had a smile on his face, and would go out of his way to help anyone. His light in this will be greatly missed!!

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    Sherry Gerke says

    Roy was a great guy, funny and always smiling in the Kickapoo kitchen. Sending prayers.

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    Deborah Davis says

    While a Kickapoo librarian, I worked with Roy for many years. I always admired his work ethic and sense of humor. Whatever I needed for the library, Roy would always help me out no matter how busy he might be. I remember when he asked me if I knew how to make a rum cake (as the former librarian had once done for him.) I told him, “Of course,” so every September after that I would bake him a rum cake for his birthday. I will not forget him and his great smile and his kindness toward me.