Franklin Dee Chapel, 77, of Johnson City, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Helen Jessie Fagan Kiser.
Mr. Chapel was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member and past commander of the VFW Post No, 2166, and had worked for the city of Johnson City for more than 33 years.
Dee attended Freedom Road Baptist Church. He found great enjoyment in spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Veralee Burrow Chapel; a son, Frank D. Chapel Jr.; a grandson, Cody Campbell; three sisters, Mary Ruth McLaughlin, Patricia Ann Ashley and Shelby Jean Kiser; and three brothers, Lloyd Harold Kiser, William “Bill” Kiser and Bobby Gene Kiser.
Mr. Chapel is survived by a son, Richard O’Quinn and wife, Linda, Watauga; granddaughters, Tracy Campbell, Elizabethton, and Stacy Keeling, Bristol, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren; his loving companion, Evelyn Blevins, Elizabethton; four brothers, Larry Dean Kiser and wife, Joan, Elizabethton, Roy Lynn Kiser, Watauga, Mike Kiser and wife, Katy, Elizabethton, and Robert Kiser, Johnson City; four sisters, Betty Clark and husband, Ben, Johnson City, Kay Price and husband, Larry, Elizabethton, Karen Pearman and husband, Joe, Watauga, and Melody Grindstaff, Elizabethton; an uncle, Harlow “Bill” Fagan and wife, Carmen, Dixon, Ill.; and an aunt, Isabelle Puckett and husband, Clyde, Elizabethton. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Chapel will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Steve Davis officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. The graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to travel together in procession. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Larry Dean Kiser, Roy Lynn Kiser, Mike Kiser, Robert Kiser, Tom McLaughlin, Seth Kiser, Danny Blevins and Jeff Blevins. Honorary pallbearers are John Lowery, the employees of the Johnson City Garage Department, the police department, the fire department and his many friends and neighbors. Condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Chapel. Office (423) 543-5544.