Phillip Camp­bell Chap­man

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE — Phillip Camp­bell Chap­man passed away on Novem­ber 15, 2018, af­ter a lengthy bat­tle with metastatic kid­ney can­cer. He was 73.

Born on June 11, 1945, at Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal in Char­lotte, he was the son of the late Ge­orge Wilkes and Ruth Cathey Chap­man. He grad­u­ated in 1963 from My­ers Park High School, where he ex­celled in wrestling, and earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in En­gi­neer­ing from N.C. State Univer­sity in 1967. Phil be­gan his ca­reer with West­ing­house Elec­tric Co., first in Philadel­phia and later at the nu­clear tur­bine plant in Char­lotte. He mar­ried Lil­lian McGar­ity Chap­man of Char­lotte in March 1969. In 1976, he be­gan a 40-year ca­reer as a man­u­fac­turer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Pied­mont Prod­ucts Co., re­tir­ing as the com­pany’s pres­i­dent in 2016.

Phil will be re­mem­bered for his de­vo­tion to youth sports. He was in­stru­men­tal in the build­ing of Founders Field on Ran­dolph Road. His years coach­ing girls’ softball and his ded­i­ca­tion to the My­ers Park Trin­ity Lit­tle League fields was ev­i­denced by the nam­ing of Kiser- Chap­man field in his honor. In June 2018, he was in­ducted into the My­ers Park Trin­ity Lit­tle League Vol­un­teer Hall of Fame. How he loved softball, coach­ing and help­ing girls learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the game as he did! His love of the game of softball was ex­ceeded only by the love of the girls he coached.

Phil filled his years with mean­ing and joy. He loved his fam­ily and all the sea­sons he spent coach­ing and men­tor­ing young softball play­ers. He fell in love with golf and en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment of the game and the fel­low­ship it brought. Ad­di­tion­ally, he rel­ished time spent at the fam­ily’s moun­tain home in West Jef­fer­son, NC.

He is sur­vived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Lil­lian; one son, David, and his wife, Peggy of Char­lotte; and one daugh­ter, Mary Woodall (Woody) Chap­man Oakey, and her hus­band, Henry, of Char­lottesville, VA. He is sur­vived as well by the six grand­chil­dren who were the lights of his life: Teddy, Martha and Davis Oakey, and Lau­ren, Matthew and Jack Chap­man. Also sur­viv­ing are his brother, Ge­orge Wilkes Chap­man Jr., and his wife, Mary; brother-in-law Gene W. (Mac) McGar­ity and his wife, Marchell; and three neph­ews and two nieces. Phil is sur­vived by beloved cousins who were nearly as close to him as sib­lings.

Phil grew up at Chalmers ARP Church. Af­ter he and Lil­lian mar­ried, they be­longed to Prov­i­dence United Methodist Church and lat­erMy­ers Park United Methodist Church. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be at 2 p. m. Tues­day, Novem­ber 20, at My­ers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. The Rev­erends Bill Roth and Bill Jef­fries will lead the ser­vice. A re­cep­tion will fol­low in the church’s Ju­bilee Hall.

In lieu of f low­ers, the fam­ily would ap­pre­ci­ate gifts to My­ers Park Trin­ity Lit­tle League, MPTLL, Attn: Kelly Kozart, PO Box 11556, Char­lotte, NC 28220. Please note that your gift is for the ben­e­fit of girls’ softball. A gift in Phil’s mem­ory can also be made to Char­lotte Hospice & Pal­lia­tive Care Char­lotte Re­gion, 7845 Lit­tle Ave., Char­lotte, N.C. 28226, or at www. hpccr/org.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Funeral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www. ken­neth­poe­ser­vices. com.

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