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

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

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.

In February of 2019, John and Debra Chapman sold the Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home business to long-time employee Tom Nichols. We wish Tom and his new staff much success on their future endeavors serving the wonderful St. Albans community. 

Teays Valley

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, 1948 - 2020


    John was a second generation funeral director and a 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He also was a graduate of Huron College, Huron, SD and Winfield High School. John was 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, Jacob Fredrick Leslie Chapman, Erin Elizabeth and Bo Joseph.

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

  • Debra Leslie Chapman

    Debra Leslie Chapman, Owner & 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 [email protected]

  • Jake  Chapman

    Jake Chapman, Owner, Vice President & Licensee-in-Charge

    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., Scottish Rite Bodies, Beni Kedem Shrine and the Royal Court of Jesters. He also is a member of 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 three children, Clara Ellen , Jacob Fredrick Leslie and Erin Elizabeth Chapman and currently live in Hurricane. He can be reached at [email protected]

  • Lani R. Chapman

    Lani R. Chapman, Owner & 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 [email protected]

  • 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 [email protected]

  • Matthew Conn

    Matthew Conn, Funeral Director

  • Jim Dennis

    Jim Dennis, Pre-need and Aftercare Counselor

    Jim joined the funeral homes in 2014. His service to our communities is assisting families includes advance funeral arranging as well as after service consultation and assistance. He an his wife, Myra life in Hurricane and have two daughters.

  • Peter Burgeson

    Peter Burgeson

  • 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 [email protected]

  • Stephanie Laney

    Stephanie Laney, Associate

    Stephanie has been with the funeral homes since January 2022. She is a native of Hurricane, WV and is an active Volunteer Firefighter with the Hurricane Fire Department, with over 20 years of service. She has a daughter named Mahaylee, and is married to her husband Shane.
    You can reach her by email at [email protected]

  • Phyllis Glaspell

    Phyllis Glaspell, Associate

    Phyllis's warm smile and gentle demeanor is a welcome site as our guests enter our facilities. She and her family are active in the Hurricane community as well as their home church, Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene. She and her husband Jack, moved to Hurricane after living many years in the Dunbar/Charleston area. They have two children and four grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Chris Coyner

    Chris Coyner, Maintenance

    Chris is a graduate of Hurricane High School and has one beautiful daughter, Aubrey. Along with keeping our grounds, buildings and automobiles in good order, he assists our families with private cemetery services.

  • Rodney Brumfield

    Rodney Brumfield, Maintenance

    Rodney is a graduate of Duval High School and lives in the Yawkey area with his wife. They have three daughters. Following a 25 year career with Leslie Lumber, Rodney joined our funeral homes and now uses his talents to keep our buildings and grounds pristine.