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Jay Wilburn Chappell, age 65, of Lenoir, NC, went home to be with his Lord on January 24, 2011. He was born on February 17, 1945 in Johnson County, TN. He was the son of the late Sarah Francis Chappell. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Carroll Jay and an aunt, Effie Jane Chappell.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Austin Chappell of the home; a son, Carroll Wilburn Chappell and wife Teresa of Mountain City, TN and cousins: Billy Dugger and wife Ellen, Pete Winters and wife Lois and Robert Chappell and wife sis, all of Mountain City, TN.
After graduating from Johnson County High School, he joined the US Army for service in the military. During his lifetime, Jay had driven for the Coca Cola Company owned Jays’ Diner in Mountain City, TN. He was an ordained minister and served as pastor of Rainbow Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN. Relocating to North Carolina, Mr. Chappell was employed with Singer Furniture and Bernhardt Furniture in Lenoir, NC. Jay also served as interim pastor at Calico Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC.
A memorial service to honor his life was held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645 or Caldwell County Honor Guard, 2009 Lee Roy Lane, Lenoir, NC 28645.
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Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir, NC is honored to be serving the Jay Wilburn Chappell Family.
As requested by family, this obituary is a courtesy of Mountain City Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN.