Jerry Hunter Chappell, 80, of Colonial Heights passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Born June 17, 1943, he was the son of the late Sidney Graham and Agnes Arey Chappell, and was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Julie Kristine Robinson Chappell.
Jerry spent several years as a general manager in the hotel industry. His journey was not confined to the hospitality industry alone. He then transitioned into a 14-year tenure as a supervisor at Allied Universal Security, where he continued to exemplify his leadership qualities and strong work ethic.
But perhaps one of the most significant chapters in Jerry's life was his service to his country. He proudly served in the United States Marines for six years, bravely piloting helicopters during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. His courage and sacrifice in the face of adversity demonstrated his unwavering commitment to defending the values he held dear.
In addition to his military service, Jerry was actively involved in various community organizations. He was a dedicated member of the American Legion Post 284 and the VFW, where he found camaraderie with fellow veterans and contributed to the betterment of their community. He was also a former member of the Kiwanis Club.
Jerry's passions extended beyond his professional and community endeavors. He was an avid collector of many things, including coins, stamps, books, trains, and Smurfs memorabilia, among numerous other items. His collections were a reflection of his inquisitive and eclectic nature, and he was happy to share stories about each piece he acquired.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Susan Ann Chappell; sister, Betty Jean Costley; nephew Richard Wayne Ramsey, Jr. and wife, Pam; and niece, Taylor Corrine Ramsey.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in Jerry’s honor to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 1100, N. Bethesda, MD 20814. Online condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.