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Claude Lee Chappell

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Claude Lee Chappell was born July 5, 1934 to Claude Henry and Leona Mae Chappell in Del Rio.

He made a profession of faith as a young boy. He graduated from Van Horn High School in 1953 and attended Texas Western (UTEP) where he played football for the Miners on scholarship. He married Jomilee Jane Lomax on November 29, 1957. They had two sons, Robert and Lee.

Claude was an educator, coach and business owner. He started in education in Lubbock. His career took him to Harlingen, El Paso and finally Seminole. After retiring from education, he opened The Steak Place restaurants in 1979. After selling the restaurants, he went back to his passion, teaching and coaching.

Claude was a lifelong football fan. He started his football career in Van Horn at a time when he could fold his leather helmet and put it in his pocket. He continued to be an avid supporter of the sport until his last day. His favorite teams were the Seminole Indians and Maidens whom he enthusiastically followed each and every season to the end.

Claude Lee Chappell left this earth into the hands of his Lord and Savior on December 28, 2018. A memorial service was held December 31, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Seminole.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jomilee; one sister, Rose of Alamogordo, NM; one brother, Clyde and wife, Alberta, of Aztec, NM; one son, Robert, and wife, Christie, of Seminole; one daughter-in-law, Tara, of Indianapolis, IN; five grandsons: Daniel, Blake and wife, Kelsey, Joshua, Reed and Marshall; and one great-granddaughter, Evelyn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Edward, and his son, Lee.

In lieu of flowers, gifts of love may be made to the charity of your choice that supports Parkinson’s research.