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Mrs. Deborah Betty Chapman, age 94 (3/17/24) of Columbus, OH, died peacefully, Saturday January 6, 2024, in her home surrounded by her family and loved ones. In Columbus, OH. She
was born in Calvert, Texas to Calvin Jefferson and Joanna Jefferson, (Parish). After graduating from Calvert High school, she attended Prairie View A&M University, in Prairie View, Texas,
where she graduated with honors. She went on to attend Paul Quinn College and Mary Allen College (now Mary Allen Seminary) where she met the love of her life. After graduating with
her Bachelors and Master’s in education Mrs. Chapman worked as a teacher in Texas until she married her husband, Rev. John Henry Chapman
Rev John H, Chapman and Mrs. Deborah Betty Chapman wed on June 8, 1950, after a nine-month courtship. They were married for over 50 years. Rev and Mrs. Chapman served several churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Together they served over 38 congregations between 1951 and 1997. They marched with Dr. King and fought for change as Civil Rights Activist in eve-
ry community they served. Mrs. Chapman was 1st lady extraordinaire, she always served with class, love, humility and joy. Rev. and Mrs. Chapman were blessed to have seven children to-
gether, After the death of her beloved husband, Mrs. Chapman moved to Columbus, Ohio with her daughter and namesake. While in Columbus, Mrs. Chapman continued to do what she loved
and shared her ministry through her love of music. Mrs. Chapman served in the music ministry for 4 congregations in the city. Mother Chapman joined the last church she served (Liberty Hill), where she became affectionately known as, Mother Chapman. Mother Chapman was active in the music ministry, bible study, Sunday school and any other capacity she was able to serve and help.
In addition to her parents, Calvin and Joanna Jefferson, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband John H Chapman, daughter, Martha Joe Chapman, son James Chapman, Step-
sons Greg and Harold Jones, brothers Calvin and David Houston Jefferson, special daughter Sher’Ron Mixon, and a host of uncle’s aunts’ cousins and friends. Mother Chapman leaves to
cherish her memory, Sister, Martha Wilkins (Houston Tx.) Daughters Geneva Joyce, Ruth and D’Eborah. Sons John Milo (Lisa) Chapman and Joseph Chapman, Grandchildren, Shane (Janie) Chapman and family, Brian Chapman, John Anthony Burrell (LaKia and Jaleel) Blake and Joseph II Chapman Gabby). She also leaves a host of special daughters, Bobbie Ray, Bridgett, Conia, Gina, Helen, Jevette, Kema, Kim, Lisa, Liz, Marla, Monica, Nancy, Pajil, Regina, Sherrice, and Tonia. Close friends Ms. Jackie and Arnetta Hodge, Mrs Shirley, Frances Almon, Zakiyyah
and Mr. Herbert McGee. Doris Bowers, Mother Cooke, Mrs. J Graham, and Mrs. Clara Williams. Her 1st pastor in the city, Rev Draper, and Her Liberty Hill Church Family, as well as her St, Mark
Mother Chapman was the matriarch of 5 generations and spent his time enjoying family gatherings, making new friends, watching Jimmy Swagger, Walker Texas Ranger, In the Heat of the Night and Gibbs NCIS. When you visited Mother Chapman, you’d find her in her room with the television on one of her favorite programs, studying her bible. Mother Chapman studied her
bible daily for hours, until her eyes begin to fail. Mother Chapman’s love of Christ was evident to every one she encountered throughout her life. Mother Chapman was a prayer warrior and bible scholar who always encouraged others. Mother Chapman had a way of making everyone she met feel like family with her big heart and loving hugs. Mother Chapman took great pride in making her famous fruitcakes (that people enjoyed) or her famous poundcake for everyone during the Christmas season with love. One year she baked over 100 cakes to distribute to her church family and friends.
Mother Chapman loved God, which was her main conversation, no matter who she was speaking with. She was a wonderful example of someone who always let their light shine for Jesus. She loved hard, she prayed much and cooked (good food) often. Mother Chapman loved music, when she could no longer read and watch television, she sang all the time. In the last few months of life, she would sing to the top of her lungs throughout the day and night. Her favorite songs were “I love to Praise Him” and ‘I Will Trust in the Lord” Mother Chapman has received her divine healing, and now she has gone on to be with the Lord. Mother Chapman lived her best life and was a wonderful example to others on how to do the same in Jesus’ name.