Robert William Chapman

November 16, 1931 - May 7, 2011
Robert William Chapman

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Robert W. Chapman, 79, went home to the Lord on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Elizabeth House after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born on November 16, 1931 in Buffalo, NY and relocated to Hendersonville in 1978. He was the son of the late Robert N. Chapman and Marion E. Chapman. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Westinghouse for 42 years both in Cheektowaga, NY and Arden, NC, retiring in 1994. Bob was an active member of Balfour United Methodist Church having served as a choir member, treasurer for United Methodist Men, and a prestigious member of the ìBuzzards.î Bob loved the outdoors and after retirement he volunteered with the National Park Service, building and maintaining hiking trails. In later years, he enjoyed golfing and bowling.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Carol M. Chapman (Wifie); sons, Robert A. Chapman and his wife Tina of Winston Salem, NC, and Kenneth W. Chapman and his wife Jacqueline of Winston Salem, NC; daughter Kimberly E. Cobb and her husband Charles of Rockingham, NC; grandchildren, Rebecca Chapman, Kenneth (KC) Chapman, Joshua Chapman, Jordan Chapman, Megan Chapman, Emilie Cobb and Ana (Mara) Cobb; sister-in-law, Evelyn Pfefferle and her husband Frederick of Bloomfield, NJ; niece, Carol Bender and her husband Robert of Nutley, NJ; nephew, Dr. Paul Pfefferle and his wife Laura of Nutley, NJ; grandnephews, Jonathan Bender and Scott Pfefferle, and grandniece, Carolyn Bender.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Balfour United Methodist Church Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to Balfour United Methodist Church Backpack Program, 2567 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28791, or to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Saturday, May 14, 2011
12:00 AM

St. James Episcopal Church - Directions
766 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • May 10, 2011
    The Lane Wing Girls says:
    Dear Carol and family we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss of Bob. All of us on the lane wing grew to love Bob, he was the sunshine of our day. His smile and his optimistic outlook brought joy to our lives everyday. He is a very special man and will be greatly missed by everyone here on the Lane Wing. God bless Sabrina, Karen, Deborah, Pam, and Velez

  • May 09, 2011
    Arleigh Kaltenbach says:
    Carol and family, Bob will be missed. I'll remember the good times at Hummel Club over the years. Love, Arleigh