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In Memoriam: Lawrence "Larry" Hollister Chapman

Monday, December 4, 2017  
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Lawrence "Larry" Hollister Chapman of Trussville, Alabama, died on Dec. 1, 2017. He was 90. Chapman was the father of Terry Chapman, 2012-13 BTA president, and founder of BTA member Business Electronics Corp. He was a member of St. Joseph's Anglican Church and a longtime member of the Cathedral of St. Paul Catholic Church.

Chapman was born in Rochester, New York. He started a career in printing with Haloid Corp., which soon became Xerox Corp. after acquiring the rights to xerography from the patent holder, Chester Carlson. Chapman worked in Rochester for Xerox and, later, in its Manhattan office. Eventually, he was transferred to Birmingham, Alabama, where, many years later, he founded Business Electronics Corp. with his son Terry (pictured with Larry at left). Chapman worked at the company for 29 years, and continued to attend work every week, when he sorted mail and made the daily bank deposits until November 2017. Everyone who knew Chapman found him to be a great, kind and gracious man. He was a steadfast supporter of BTA throughout his career and fondly remembered the NOMDA shows and his attendance at BTA Southeast events, particularly gatherings in Waynesville, North Carolina.

Chapman is preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Vorhees Chapman, Sr. and Dorothy Hollister Chapman; and his sister, Rosalie Chapman Auburn (Burt). He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Jean Chapman; daughters, Lisa Chapman, Kathy D. Heaton (Gary) and Amy Patterson (Mike); sons, Terry Chapman and John A. Calvert (Angie); sister, Millicent Chapman Gay (Bill); brothers, Lewis Vorhees Chapman, Jr. (Carol), Robert Chapman (Barbara) and Gordon Chapman (Jane); grandchildren, Lucy, Holli and Libby Chapman, Isabella and Micayla Patterson, Micah and Alana Calvert, and Caleb Heaton; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Services will held at noon on Tuesday in the chapel and the burial will follow at Southern Heritage Cemetery. Rev. Ed Robinson will be officiating over the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Firehouse Ministries. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.

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