History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Winfield 

Chapman Funeral Home had its humble beginnings in Winfield, WV in 1959. John W. Chapman, Jr. first placed his own shingle in a small two-story home and lived upstairs with his wife, Jennie Margaret and two sons, John W., III and Thomas. John, Jr. built his reputation as a meticulous funeral director and friend to the community by attending to even the smallest details of funeral service and offering the finest of personal service to the families of the surrounding communities.

St. Albans 

In the late 1900's, Bartlett brothers, O.J. "Bill" and Bruce, began a service to the residents of the Kanawha Valley in St. Albans, WV.  Bartlett Funeral Home was established in a small store front in St. Albans to handle the funeral needs of the Kanawha Valley.  In the early 1950's Tom Taylor and his wife, Helen, assumed ownership and continued to provide the Kanawha Valley with the same professional service as the Bartlett brothers.

In 1979, John and Debra assumed ownership of the Bartlett Funeral Home and in September, 1992 dedicated, the new Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home facility to the community.

Teays Valley

In 1965, John W. Chapman, Jr. had the foresight to open a second location in the Teays Valley area of Putnam County, one of the fastest growing areas of West Virginia.

In 1987 a new facility was built in Teays Valley and was extended and completely renovated in 2002.  We now offer the largest single chapel in the Putnam County area with seating for well over 300 guests along with ample parking and spacious lounges for your comfort. 

In 2011, in a continued effort to provide the families of the Kanawha Valley with excellence in funeral service, Chapman Funeral Home, completed an addition that includes an on-site crematory and a showroom devoted to cremation and green burial merchandise.

Our Valued Staff

  • John W. Chapman III

    John W. Chapman III, Owner, President, & Licensee-in-Charge

    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 are the parents of six children, Jennifer, John William IV "Jay", C. Jacob "Jake", Joseph Ty, Jered and Justin and the grandparents of Regan, Vada, John William V, Elle, Joseph Ty, II, JW, Carter, Clara Ellen, Ruth and Jacob Fredrick Leslie Chapman.

    He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and Preferred Funeral Directors International where he has served as president.

    He can be reached at john@chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

  • Debra Leslie Chapman

    Debra Leslie Chapman, Owner, Vice-President

    Debra is a graduate of Marshall University, 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 throughout 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.

  • Jake  Chapman

    Jake Chapman, Director of Operations

    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 and his wife, Lani, have two children, Clara Ellen , Jacob Fredrick Leslie and Erin Elizabeth Chapman and currently live in Winfield. He can be reached at jake@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Lani R. Chapman

    Lani R. Chapman, Director of Marketing

    Lani has been with the funeral homes since 2007. She is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where she was the Class of 2007 Vice President and President of the Delta Gamma Pi Sorority.
    Lani resides in Winfield with her husband Jake and their children Clara Ellen, Jacob Fredrick Leslie and Erin Elizabeth Chapman
    You can reach her by email at lani@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Thomas  Nichols Jr.

    Thomas Nichols Jr., Manager, Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home

    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 and attended West Virginia State University, Institute and the University of Charleston, Charleston. Furthermore, Tom is a 1995 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, where he was past President of the Pi Sigma Eta fraternity. He was a former coach for the Nitro Little League Girls Softball. Also, he is a member of the Washington Masonic Lodge #58 A.F.&A.M., St. Albans and Scottish Rite Bodies, Charleston. Also, Tom is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, where he is now serving as Immediate Past President. He was former Governor for the Kanawha District of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
    In addition to serving as the manager for Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, Tom is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He and his wife Eva reside in St. Albans. He has two daughters, Courtney and Chelsea, son Lucas and step-son, William.
    You can reach him by email at tnichols@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Michael E. Luikart

    Michael E. Luikart, Manager, Chapman Funeral Homes

    Mike has been with the funeral homes since 1993. A native of Liberty, WV, Mike is a 1989 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN, a 1984 graduate of Poca High School and West Virginia State College. In addition to serving as the manager of Chapman Funeral Homes, Hurricane and Winfield, Mike is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and crematory operator.
    “Our staff exemplifies personal service during a very difficult time. With our guidance, you can be assured your needs will be met. Whether your choice is a style of cremation or burial, we will discuss with you all your options and help arrange the service you and your family need to honor your loved one.”
    He resides in St. Albans, WV and has one son, Patrick.
    You can reach him by email at mluikart@chapmanfuneralhomes.com


  • Timothy G. Finney

    Timothy G. Finney, Personnel Manager

    Tim has been with the funeral homes since 1999. He is a native of Kanawha City, WV and a 1990 graduate of Capital High School Charleston, West Virginia State University, Institute, receiving in 1993 an Associate Degree in Advertising/Sales and in 1997 a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
    In addition to serving as the Personnel Manager, Tim is a funeral attendant and crematory operator.
    He and his wife, Karen reside in Nitro and have two sons, Sam and Will.
    You can reach him by email at tfinney@chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

  • Rachel S. Fischer-Bramble

    Rachel S. Fischer-Bramble, Funeral Director

    Rachel has been with the funeral homes since 2005. She is a native of Red House, WV and a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
    Rachel is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and crematory operator. Prior to her work with the funeral home, she was a former Putnam County Coroner. She is an active member of her parish, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans. In 2014, Rachel and her husband George welcomed a son, Fischer Alexander Bramble. They reside in St. Albans.
    You can reach her by email at rfischer@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Matt Conn

    Matt Conn, Funeral Director

    Matt joined the staff at the funeral home in 2013. He is a native of St. Albans, a 2011 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville Indiana, a 2010 graduate of Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College and a graduate of St Albans High School in 1993.

    He resides in Winfield with his wife Anna, and children Brady, Nelson, Elliana and Samuel. Matt and Anna are members of Red House UBI Church , Red House.

    Matt is a licensed funeral director who joined the funeral home hoping to help each family through a very difficult time. He is delighted to be part of a funeral home that puts families first and focuses on service.

    If Matt can be of any assistance he can be reached at mconn@chapmanfuneralhomes.com .

  • Carolyn G. Swisher

    Carolyn G. Swisher, Office Manager, Chapman Funeral Homes

    Carolyn has been with the funeral homes since 1997. She is a native of Kenna, WV and attends Dunbar First Church of God where her husband, Bruce is a member, they have a daughter Krista.
    You can reach her by email at cswisher@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Jennifer  Pitchford

    Jennifer Pitchford, Office Manager

  • Walter R. Summers III

    Walter R. Summers III, Funeral Attendant

    Walter has been with the funeral homes since 2001. He is a native of West Virginia and moved to Michigan as a youth. Walter was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, Lansing, MI and Harry Hill Vo-Tech School. He served in the United States Army and is a 1991 graduate the United States Army Military Police School and is a member of the FOPA # 5 Chemical City Lodge, South Charleston.
    He and his wife, Tanya, reside in South Charleston, WV.
    You can reach him by email at wsummers@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Jim Dennis

    Jim Dennis, Pre-need and Aftercare Counselor

  • Josh Barefield

    Josh Barefield, Funeral Attendant

  • Brandon  Stone

    Brandon Stone, Funeral Attendant

    Brandon joined the staff in early 2017.

  • Ronnie Matthews

    Ronnie Matthews, Associate

    Ronnie has been with the funeral homes since 2005. He is a native of Nitro, WV and a graduate of Nitro High School. Ronnie is a proud veteran of the United States Army and a member of the James E. Marshall American Legion Post 187, Winfield. In addition to assisting the funeral home on visitations and services, Ronnie currently serves Putnam County as the Circuit Clerk. He and his wife Brenda reside in Winfield.

  • Jim  Perry

    Jim Perry, Associate

    Jim has been with the funeral homes since 2009. He is a lifelong resident of St. Albans and a graduate of St. Albans High School, West Virginia State University and the UVA Graduate School of Banking. Before assisting the funeral home with visitations and funerals, Jim was in banking for over 45 years; working for the Bank of St. Albans, One Valley Bank, BB & T and Huntington Banks, where he retired. Jim has always been very involved in the St. Albans community and is very well known throughout the area as a football official with the Kanawha Valley KVOA for 32 years and the Southern Conference for 20 years. Jim resides in St. Albans with his wife Debbie Robinson Perry, and they are long-time members of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans. They have two daughters; Jill Perry Dawson and Jeana Perry Johnson and four grandchildren, Madisyn, Caden, Kaley and Cassidy.
    You can reach him by email at jperry@chapmanfuneralhomes.com

  • Randy Talley

    Randy Talley, Associate

    Randy Talley and his wife, live in Hurricane and are members of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans. Randy joined the funeral homes in early 2014. His warm smile and friendly nature is very comforting to our guests.

  • Dave Templeton

    Dave Templeton, Associate

    Dave and his wife Sharon reside in Tornado and our members at Gateway Christian Church in St. Albans. They have two children, Brian and Kara and four grand-children whom they love spending time with; Ava, Sophie, Kullen and Nora. Prior to assisting us with visitations and services, Dave retired from Union Carbide Corp., South Charleston Plant. He joined the funeral homes in late 2014 and has been a real asset to our staff.

  • Karen F. Perry

    Karen F. Perry, Controller

    Karen was born October 29, 1949, in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. She was a 1967 graduate of Collins High School, Oak Hill and a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery with a degree in accounting. She died suddenly October 28, 2017 at her home in Myrtle Beach, one day shy of her 68th birthday.

    She had been associated with Chapman and Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Homes, Hurricane, Winfield and St. Albans for over 31 years. Although her primary focus was as comptroller, she assisted in many ways with our families. Through her dedication, expertise and guidance, Karen was an integral part of the funeral homes, her church and the community, a true friend to all. She was survived by her husband, Howard; her children, Marc (Amy) and Heath (Laura) and her grandchildren whom she adored, Emily, Zane, Laurie and Slade as well as her mother, Elizabeth and her two sisters, Donna and Kathy.

    Karen touched the lives of every person she met. She always had a smile on her face and was ready to help anyone at any time. Her selfless character and unconditional love for everyone was beyond measure. Although our funeral home family will never be the same, as her own family will not, her positive nature and gentle guiding touch will be a legacy we all will remember and strive to imitate.

  • Connie  Fleming

    Connie Fleming, Beautician

    Connie has been with the funeral homes for 33 years. She is a native of St. Albans, and a graduate of St. Albans High School. Connie has been a beautician for 46 years, and owns her beauty shop in St. Albans. She and her husband of 44 years, Jim Fleming have resided in Scott Depot for 40 years. They have one daughter Elissa, who is married to David Shell. Connie and Jim also have three grandchildren of whom they are very proud; Cassidy, Cole and Chaz and their “puppy boy” Koda, a miniature poodle. Connie and Jim are members of First Baptist Church, St. Albans.