Charles Chapman being honored by Jasper Lions Club
Longtime Lions Club member Charles Chapman, a.k.a. Mr. Jasper Lion, has been named the grand marshal of the July 4th parade this year for Jasper.
The Lions have a long history of providing the Independence Day activities for Pickens County and Chapman has been instrumental in these for many years.
Chapman was born in North Carolina and moved to Jasper when he was six months old. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Chapman. He attended public school in Jasper, then attended John A. Gupton College in Nashville, TN. In 1957, Chapman enlisted in the US Army and served for a year in Korea.
He, along with his parents, were the owners/operators of Chapman Funeral Home in Jasper for many years until his retirement in 2001.
He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper, where is a Deacon Emeritus.
Lion Charles is married to the former Peggie Low of Jasper, and they have 2 children, Leslie Miller (married to Mark Miller) and Clint Chapman. There have been eight members of his family to serve as Jasper Lions over the years.
Chapman has been a member of the Jasper Lions Club for 59 years and has served the club in many capacities. He served as District Governor in 1972-73.
He is considered “Mr. Jasper Lion” by many of his fellow Lions from around the district and state, and has received many awards for his service.