Todd Chapman, 48, of Macon, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Every life must come to an end here on earth. The time has come to lay to rest a son, a brother, a father, an uncle and a cousin. Everyone says goodbye in their own way. Some will give his farewell speech and some will just say comforting words, some will share memories, and some just aren't ready to accept his absence and aren't ready to say anything.
You, (mama) and Tammy were by my side every day. Mama, you were there for hours on end everyday they would allow you. Sometimes, I know you were exhausted, and you would leave me with my sister. It brought tears to my eyes when you both would get so excited when I blinked my eyes. You never gave up hope that the old me would return. I am sorry but I just couldn't do it anymore. There is a beautiful place waiting for all of us. I just got a chance to experience it first. I hope you all know that I love you and I hope you can forgive me for going. I am not saying goodbye because goodbye seems like an end. So, I'll just say see you later. Until then stay strong and take care of my boys, Nathan and Brandon. Tammy, you take care of mama. She is going to need you more now than ever. ~written by Sherry aka Mama
On July 29, 1971 I took my first breath, on July 21, 2020 I took my last. I know that you all are not ready to see me go, but for now I must. All of you who know me... must have known that my nine lives were close to being done. I never was good at math, but I am pretty sure I used up three of them at the hospital... I was almost sure I had one left. Just know I fought as long as I could. I was tired and God showed me rest. He gave me a choice to stay or go. It wasn't a hard choice to make once God showed me a glimpse of heaven. For the first time I felt peace and something else I just can't explain. I hope and pray that you all understand my choice to leave. I hope you will forgive me one day. Please don't cry, I will see you all again one day. I find rest in knowing this is just a see "you later". To my angel of a mother please don't worry I am ok. I am standing on my own two feet. Thank you for all you have done. Just know that out of all the mom's God chose to give me the best one. To my two different and creative twin boys.... I am sorry for the mistakes I made but know that no matter what, I love you both more than life itself. Please don't be sad I will be here watching over you both. Please take care of each other. To my spit fire life sidekick little sister. I know that everything you did was because you loved me. I am sorry for leaving you, but I know you understand. I know we had our disagreements, but no one understands us like we understand each other. I know you like to have the last word, but this time it's not gonna happen. Sarah, Laynee and Emily I love you all so much. Just remember you all have an amazing mom and granny please keep them both strong for me. Let Lincoln and Kynleigh know that I will be watching them grow up from a different place. Just know my story doesn't end here. My story starts as I leave this world on to the next. I will be waiting on you all. Until we meet again, I love you all "a heaps a lot more and then some". (Tammy, Laynee, Sarah & Emily)
My dad was in no way perfect, but he is the best man I know. He always wanted the best for my brother and me. No matter what situations we got ourselves into we knew we could come to him judgement free. It’s hard to imagine how he could be so understanding yet so hard-headed. He could be the funniest guy in the room or the angriest. One thing remains the same. No matter what he said or how he said it you could always trust that it was genuine. He had a habit of saying whatever was on his mind no matter the consequences. My dad has my full admiration for overcoming addiction, battling mental health, and raising two boys into confident, respectful men. My dad never led a boring conversation, and I know that wherever he is that will remain the same. I will miss you until my time is up. love you man with all my heart. ~written by Brandon
To all of you, please don't cry. I know you all were not ready to see me go. But have peace in knowing that I no longer have the pain and sorrow of your world. I will see you all again one day. Our separation is only temporary. To my mama who loved me so freely, so unconditionally it breaks my heart to leave you but just know that you did more for me then you know. You have always been my rock. I love you mama. To my sister Tammy WOW, I am blown away at how hard you fought for me. Not just the past few months, but my whole life. Thank you for always having my back. I love you more than you know. To my boys Nathan and Brandon you boys are my whole heart. I have no words to express how much I love you both and how proud I am of the men you have become. I will be watching you from another place and will see you again one day. To my wife Debbie. Please stop crying. Even though you left, and it hurt so bad. Just know that I understand why. I know that you still love me, you loved me so much that you walked away, not because you didn't care, but because you did. You didn't want to see me killing myself slowly. Just know that I had changed my life and was on a road to the straight and narrow.... you would have been proud... Neither of us could have predicted a year later I would be gone anyway. I am happy for the years that we spent together and know that I will never forget that little giggle you have. All I ask is that you remember me fondly and all the good times we had together. I know that no matter what you will be there for the boys and never forget no matter what you will always be part of the family. To Sarah, Laynee, Emily, Lincoln, Kynleigh, Justin, Ashley, Nicole, Chris, Airiz and Ezra; I love each and every one of you and will watch over you all for the rest of your lives. Please love and take care of each other. See you all on the other side. ~written by Debbie
There are no words that can explain how I feel right now. You were like my twin, you were the other half of my heart. I feel like that the past few years we have been so far apart, but in the last 4 months we have been closer than ever. I could not imagine growing up without you as my brother. I thank God every day for the 48 years that he allowed you to be my big brother. Out of all the brothers God could have given me, he gave me you and I wouldn't have had it any other way. We taught each other so much. I remember you teaching me to ride a bike. It was an Evel Knievel bike. I will never forget granddaddy Fred having to put a seat belt on the go cart because you kept slinging me off. I will never forget the trouble we got into or the anxiety that we caused mama. Just know that I will see you again someday, but until then I will be here holding mama up and keeping her strong. I thought you and I were tough... but mama is way tougher than we are. I love you Todd and I am so sorry that I couldn't save you. I assure you it wasn't for my lack of doing everything that I could. I love you so much. Don't worry I will look after the boys. Please don't worry about Roscoe and Bonnie they are being well taken care of. You will see them again one day. I miss you. See you later big brother. ~written by your little sister, Tammy
Hey Dad, I want to start by saying I'm sorry for all those times we fought and argued. Also, I love you and I'm sorry we didn't speak before you left. But deep down I know that you loved us with all your heart. You would have loved the house in Sandy cr. It's cooler than that trailer. And your dogs are happier than ever they got a big yard to run in and Roscoe just sunbathes. I love you and I will miss you. I know you're heading to a new home, a beautiful place. Maybe there'll be Andy Griffith playing up there. I love you Dad. I'm glad you saw my wedding. And I'm Sad you won't see my kids. You would have been a great granddad. I love you so much and I'm going to miss you. I will not forget you. ~written by Nathan
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