William (Bill) Chatman, 84, formerly of Johnson City and Kingsport, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013, in the Bethesda Health Care Center of Cookeville, TN.
He was a native of Johnson City and a son of the late James Frank and Mary Carder Chatman. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served 26 years of service with 17 years in the Army National Guard. Mr. Chatman was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church of Church Hill, TN.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Mr. Chatman loved to worship and praise his Heavenly Father. He was a devoted prayer warrior.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Roy Chatman; a sister, Mary Sue Edwards.
Survivors include his wife, Mitzi Thornburg Chatman, of Cookeville; two sons, Timothy E. Chatman and wife, Julia, of Kingsport, and William S. Chatman and wife, Lori Ann, of Cookeville; two daughters, Christy Jo Chatman Rakestraw and husband, Chris ,of Rogersville, and Amy Carol Chatman Crawford and husband, Chris, of Spring Hill, TN; nine grandchildren, Candace and Leah Chatman, Taylor, Josie, Emily, Malory and Russell Chatman and Caleb and Aubrie Crawford; three step-grandchildren, Veronica, K.M. and Josh Rakestraw; three sisters, Carolyn Culberson, of Chattanooga, Linda Tony, of Jonesborough, and Kathryn Dye, of Gastonia, NC; two brothers, J.R. Chatman, of Johnson City, and Tommy Chatman, of Erwin; A special aunt, Ruby Carder, of Johnson City; also numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Chatman will be conducted at 7:00 PM Sunday, November 10, 2013, in the Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, with the Rev. J.W. Depew officiating. Music will be provided by Rev. Jim Chatman.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until the service hour.
Graveside services with Military Honors provided by the Boone Dam VFW Honor Guard Detail will be held 10:00 AM Monday, November 11, 2013, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from the family and friends. Everyone attending this service is asked to meet at the funeral home by 9:30 AM to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the Gideon’s International,4511 Timberlake Lane, Kingsport, TN 37664.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.wadugger.com.
Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604 is serving the Chatman family. 423-928-2245