Katheryn Williams Chapman, 85

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By The Staff

CARROLLTON, KY. – Kathryn “Kate” Chapman, 85, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was Saturday, July 19, at the Carrollton United Methodist Church, with  the Revs. Shannon Boaz and Clifford Sparks officiating.

Mrs. Chapman was born April 1, 1923, in Louisville, Ky., to the late Edward and Kathryn Gray Ball. She graduated from Nazareth Academy near Bardstown, Ky., where she was known as an artist, horsewoman and athlete.

She married Gex O. Williams in 1947 and moved to Carrollton. Mr. Williams died in 1969.

In 1973, she married Doug Chapman and the couple and her son, Ed Gex Williams, founded Chapman Tire Center in Carrollton in 1976.

Mr. and Mrs. Chapman served as community leaders and were chosen by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce in 1978 as “Citizens of the Year.”

In 1977, Mrs. Chapman was named Ambassador of the city of Carrollton, and in 1992 she was named “Volunteer of the Year.”

She was a member of the PFO Sisterhood and the Carroll County Hospital Auxiliary. She helped organize and worked for many years with the Carroll County Association for the Mentally Retarded, which later became the Hope Workshop.

She was deeply devoted to the Carrollton United Methodist Church for 61 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Larry) Franklin of Carrollton,  Lynn (Gary) Livesay of Surfside Beach, S.C.; a son, Ed Gex (Carolyn) Williams of Carrollton; a stepdaughter, Peggy (Dwayne Foley) Chapman, Fayetteville, N.C.; a sister, Mary Lucy Rice; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and a niece, Ellen Parks of Lexington.

In addition to her parents and her first husband, she was preceded in death by her husband, Doug, in April 2008 and a granddaughter, Rebecca Hadley, in 1982.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carrollton United Methodist Church.

Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home, 809 Highland Ave., Carrollton, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at the funeral home’s Web site, www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com.