James R. Chapline, age 77, of Elkhart, Texas, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted family on Wednesday, the 19th day of October 2022. He was born in Houston, Texas, on the 6th day of April 1945 to parents Charles Lee Chapline and Fannie Elizabeth Daily Chapline.
Mr. Chapline was a loving family man with a heart as big as Texas. He truly cared for other people and would be the first to lend a helping hand to someone in need. He put his heart and soul into everything he pursued in life and expected nothing in return. Mr. Chapline previously lived in Keene, Texas where he served as Mayor from 2014-2018. He owned his own business in the air conditioning industry from 1973-1991, and once served as the president for the Greater Houston Air Conditioning Council and TACCA. From 1993-2021 he owned and operated Complete Energy Systems a controls company.
Mr. Chapline was a faithful member of the Elkhart Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was greatly loved by his family and friends and the lessons he taught in life will be passed down to future generations.
Mr. Chapline is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Fannie Chapline; sisters, Ralph Juaunita Chapline, Pat Holland, Ruby Conner, Martha Hagood; brothers, Bill Chapline, Charles Chapline, Paul Chapline; and his brother-in-law, Randal Powell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Linda Powell Chapline; son, DeWayne Chapline and wife Jenny of Jacksonville, Texas; brother, David Chapline and wife Nelva of Burleson, Texas; sister-in-law, Liz Powell, and Debbie Howard and husband Frank; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Powell and wife Carol, Jerry Lynn Powell and wife Jerry Ann. Mr. Chapline also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jennifer, Lauren, June, Faith, Zachary, and Maxwell, great-grandchildren, Morgan, Maicee, Raylei, Emalee, Elena, and Gemma, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from three o’clock until five o’clock in the evening on Saturday, the 22nd day of October 2022 at Rhone Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate Mr. Chapline’s life is to be conducted at three o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 23rd day of October 2022 in the Rhone Memorial Chapel with Pastor Austen Powell and Wes Schram officiating. Interment will follow in Strong Memorial Park.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are JJ Powell, Travis Belles, Jeff Walraven, Billy Chapline, Dan Fuchshuber, Phil Chapline, Michael Chapline, and Phillip Gathings. Honorary pallbearers include Bugger Putnam, Jerry Wayne Putnam, John Gathings, and Jim Bailey.
For those unable to attend the services for Mr. Chapline, you may watch virtually via Rhone Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions can be directed towards Elkhart Seventh-Day Adventist Church, P.O. Box 719, Elkhart, Texas 75839 or Amazing Facts, P.O. Box 1058, Roseville, California 95678.
Funeral services for James R. Chapline are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.