Woman making husband's funeral arrangements killed in car crash

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 18, 2012 

The woman who died Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 431 North and Price Road had been leaving Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, where she was finalizing plans for her husband's funeral.

Felicia Chapman, 71, of Seale, Ala., was driving away from the mortuary when another vehicle was pulling in, essentially blocking her view.

Chapman's sister, Voncile Branch, said Chapman pulled into traffic, where she was struck by a Chevrolet truck.

Branch said Chapman's sister-in-law, Michele Chapman, who was in the passenger seat, was in the intensive care unit Thursday at The Medical Center.

"They were going to order flowers for her husband," Branch said. "Michele was injured pretty badly. Her husband said her spleen was bruised pretty bad."

Captain Jim Hart said at least one passenger in the truck was taken to The Medical Center, but the injuries weren't life-threatening.

He said at this time the police do not anticipate any charges.

Felicia Chapman's husband, Marion, died Tuesday from a heart attack, said longtime neighbor Angela Jenkins.

"We loved them and will miss them," Branch said. "We're sure going to miss them bad."

Branch said Felicia and Marion met at the old Mead paper mill. After retiring, they traveled a lot and, for about two years, lived in Alaska.

"They fell in love with Alaska," Branch said. "They bought a house and remodeled it. It was in a little town called Eagle."

But Marion began missing his family, so they moved back into town about four years ago.

"They were hard-working people," Branch said. "They'd help anybody that asked them for help until the day they left here."

Because a visitation was already scheduled for Marion Chapman, family members chose to have Felicia's at the same time Thursday.

A double funeral is planned for 2 p.m. today at the chapel at Striffler-Hamby.

Jenkins, the longtime friend, has set up a memorial at Wells Fargo to help the family. It is in the name of Felicia Hearn Chapman.

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