John Lacy Chapman, 79, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Fort Worth. Graveside service: 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Annetta Cemetery. John was born in Fort Worth, Oct. 23, 1936, to Ira B. Chapman and Edythe Lacy Chapman. A fifth-generation Texan, he grew up on area ranches. An outstanding baseball player in high school, he was known as a "heavy hitter" while a member of the Valley Mills High School Baseball Team. He was the former owner/operator of Quality Meat & Provision Company in Fort Worth (a family business established in 1933). He pursued many passions and interests throughout his life . . . painter, sculptor, photography, hunting, fishing, gunsmithing, competitive shooting, archery, and ranching . . . however, it was the cowboy way of life that he preferred, riding pasture and working cattle. An excellent marksman, he was a master at telling stories (and never one for letting the truth get in the way of a good story). A fan of the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Rangers, he will be remembered by many for his annual Branding and Cowboy Cookout. A great friend to many, with a bigger than life personality, he was a true Texan, a conservative and a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Billy Ray Chapman. Survivors: Loving companion of 35 years, Karen Monez; brother, Barney; children, John Chapman II, Sherie Reid, Chandler Caraway and Dr. Pamela Chapman; as well as a host of other family and friends.
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