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Our funeral homes are a family owned and operated business. We are large enough to give our families the same service as the largest funeral homes around, yet we are small enough that each family gets the level of attention and care they deserve. We take great pride in the commitment we have made to our communities. Our employees, and the compassion they exhibit, are the strength of our firm. In addition to the finest of funeral merchandise and facilities in the Kanawha Valley, these men and women are what sets us apart from other funeral firms.

John W. Chapman, III
President/Owner
John is a second generation funeral director and a 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He also is a graduate of Huron College, Huron, SD and Winfield High School. John is a member of Putnam Masonic Lodge #139 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies, Beni Kedem Shrine Temple, Royal Order of the Court of Jesters #111, the Rotary Club, Lions Club and has served on numerous boards of directors throughout his career including the West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners. He and his wife, Debra and their children, Jennifer, John IV "Jay", C. Jacob "Jake", Joseph Ty, Jered and Justin also are members of Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Scott Depot, WV. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and Preferred Funeral Directors International where he currently holds the office of immediate past president. He can be reached at john@chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Debra Leslie Chapman
Vice-President / Owner
Debra is a graduate of Marshall Univeristy, and Winfield High School. She has been an active part of the family funeral homes since she and John were married and has assisted him with most all aspects of funeral service. Coming from a family of builders, her design abilities compliment the personal service John learned from his father. Her talents as an interior decorator are apparent through out the funeral homes. As a leader in the community, Debra is involved with many community and school projects and devotes many hours of her time to these functions. She can be reached at debbie@chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Thomas Nichols, Jr.
General Manager/Funeral Director
A 1995 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN, Tom has been with the funeral homes since 1986. A native of Boone County, WV, he is a 1984 graduate of Van Senior/Junior High School, Van, WV and attended West Virginia State College, Institute, WV and The University of Charleston, Charleston, WV. Tom has two daughters, Courtney and Chelsea and one son, Lucas. He coaches Nitro Little League Girls Softball and is a member of Washington Masonic Lodge # 58 A.F. & A.M., St. Albans, Scottish Rite Bodies, Charleston, National Funeral Directors Association and the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, where he presently serves as secretary/treasurer and the Govornor for the Kanawha District and former treasurer for Kanawha District, and past president of Pi Sigma Eta fraternity. You can reach him by email at tnicholswv@hotmail.com
Jake Chapman
Funeral Director
Jake is a third generation Chapman family Funeral Director. He is a 1998 graduate of Hurricane High School, has attended Marshall University, and obtained his Associate's Degree in Applied Science of Funeral Service from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Kanawha Valley Masonic Lodge # 36, A.F. & A.M., National Funeral Directors Association, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, a charter member of the Hurricane Lion's Club, founding and charter member of West Virginia Reining Horse Association, and member of the National Reining Horse Association. He has assisted many families in the area by working in the past with Putnam County Emergency Medical Services and as a 10 year veteran and past member of Teays Valley Fire Department. He can be reached at jake@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Rachel S. Fischer
Funeral Director
A 2005 honors graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville,IN, Rachel has been with the funeral homes since September of 2005. She is a native of Red House, WV, a 1999 graduate of Poca High School and also has a bachelor of arts degree in Biology from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Rachel is a former Putnam County Coroner, active member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church participating in the Parish Council, St. Francis Women's Club,a Eucharistic Minister, member of the Bereavement committee and the Altar Guild. In addition she is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and Pi Sigma Eta fraternity. She and her husband George reside in St. Albans. You can reach her by email at rfischer@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
Franklin L. Matthews
Funeral Director
Franklin L. Matthews came to our firm early in 2009. He was the owner/operator of Dering's Funeral Home, Morgantown, WV for 25 years. A 1975 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Frank brings with him many years of compassionate service and experience. He currently resides in St. Albans. He can be reached at fmatthews@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Michael E. Luikart
Funeral Director
A 1989 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN, Mike joined the funeral home in August, 1993. A native of Liberty, WV, he is a 1984 graduate of Poca High School and received his Bachelors Degree from West Virginia State College. He currently lives in Winfield, WV and has one son, Patrick. He can be reached at mluikart@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
Lani R. Chapman
Apprentice Funeral Director
A March 2007 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati Ohio, Lani has been with the funeral homes since spring of 2007. She is a native of Fortville, Indiana, a 2004 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Fortville,Indiana and attended the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana. Lani was Vice President of the Spring 2007 class at CCMS and was also President of the Delta Gamma Pi sorority. She resides in Winfield, WV and is currently serving her apprenticeship. She can be reached at lani@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
Timothy G. Finney
Personnel Manager
Tim has been employed with the funeral homes since 1999 He is a 1990 graduate of Capital High School Charleston, WV; a graduate of West Virginia State University, Institute, WV receiving in 1993 an Associate Degree in Advertising/Sales and in 1997 a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Karen live in St. Albans and have two sons, Samuel Austin Finney and William Hunter Finney. He can be reached at tfinney@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Carolyn G. Swisher
Administrative Assistant
Carolyn has been with the Hurricane location since 1997. She and her husband, Bruce live in Scott Depot, WV. She can be reached at cswisher@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
Lisa M. McComas
Adminstrative Assistant
Lisa has been employed with the St. Albans location since early 2004. She is a graduate of St. Albans High School, St. Albans, WV and received her training in accounting and bookkeeping from Braley and Thompson. She is a member of Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, Huntington, WV. You can reach her at lmccomas@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Karen Finney
Administrative Assistant
She can be reached at kfinney@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
Walter R. Summers
Funeral Attendant
Walter has been with the funeral homes since 2001. He is a 1990 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, Lansing, MI and Harry Hill Vo-Tech School. Having served in the United States Army, he is a 1991 graduate of the United States Army Military Police School. He and his wife, Tanya, live in South Charleston, WV. He can be reached at wsummers@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 James Hines
Funeral Attendant
Jim has been with the funeral homes since fall 2005. He and his wife, JoAnn live in Poca, WV and attend Poca United Methodist where he is a lay leader and lay speaker. Having 20 years of funeral service experience, he assists the directors in most all aspects of funeral service. He is also a member of the Upper Vandalia Historical Society, a member of the Reed Organ Historical Society where he is also a published author, and was responsible for getting the Putnam County Courthouse listed on the National Register of Historical Sites. He can be reached at jhines@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Jared Thacker
Funeral Attendant
He can be reached at jthacker@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Jim Perry
Funeral Attendant
He can be reached at jperry@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Brian Sullivan
Funeral Attendant
He can be reached at bsullivan@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Travis L. Castle
Funeral Attendant
He can be reached at tcastle@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Connie Fleming
Beautician
Connie has been with the funeral homes for over 25 years. She is a graduate of St. Albans High School and Capital City Beauty School. Connie and her husband, Jim, live in Scott Depot and attend First Baptist Church of St. Albans. They have one daughter, Elissa, and three grandchildren of whom they are very proud. We feel very fortunate to have someone with Connie's abilities assisting us.
David W. Lamont
Funeral Attendant
He can be reached at dlamont@chapmanfuneralhomes.com
 Karen F. Perry
Bookkeeper
Karen has been with the funeral homes since 1999. She is a graduate of Collins High School, Oak Hill, WV and a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV, with a degree in accounting. Karen and her husband, Howard, reside in Winfield and attend Teays Valley Nazarene Church. She can be reached at kperry@chapmanfuneralhomes.com


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