In Loving

William Julian Chapman

June 6, 1937 – February 28, 2024

William Julian Chapman (Ju-Ju), 86, born June 6, 1937, transitioned peacefully on February 28, 2024 in Goochland, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry, and Minnie Jane Quarles Chapman; siblings, Lionel, John Henry (Jackie), Paul, Jean and Rose.

He was educated in the Richmond City Public Schools, graduating from Maggie L. Walker, ranking third in his class of over 250 students. He became a highly skilled brick and stone mason for over forty years in Richmond, Washington, Fredericksburg, and surrounding areas.

William (Ju-Ju) joined First African Baptist Church at an early age, singing in the Children’s Choir.  Later he served on the usher board and then became an ordained deacon. He ministered to the men at the Rubicon Center as well as served in the Prison Outreach Ministry. He moved his membership to Emmaus Baptist Church in Goochland, Virginia where he worked as a Young Adult Sunday School teacher.  He attended and participated in Bible Study and Prayer Services.  Upon retiring in 1999, he and his wife, Louise, attended and joined First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia becoming involved members of the Buddy Hamilton Sunday School class as well as worked in the Outreach Ministry for the Homeless. He even served as a Vacation Bible School worker demonstrating how bricks were made. Each child got to make their very own brick! After retiring, he served as a van driver for Senior Connections transporting senior citizens to various appointments and events. He attended his church faithfully until his illness. Even when he was unable to attend church services, he continued to read scriptures daily.

Ju-Ju often asked what was happening to him but never complained. He was very appreciative of his caregiver, Van Jackson, and all of his nurses/nurse aides, and chaplains of Hospice.  He thanked them for their services.  He thanked his wife and told her he would always love her. He was very grateful for the support from his pastor, Dr. Somerville; his church family; the Buddy Hamilton Sunday School Class; the minister of pastoral care Rev. Robert Thompson; his brother-in-law James (Vivian); his sons Bryant, William and Randall; and friends in the community.

He enjoyed attending jazz events and listening to jazz music in his spare time.  Other interests included watching ESPN daily, attending sporting events, bowling, fishing, golfing, swimming, frying fish, making soup, baking pound cakes and fruit cakes, and planting flowers.  He was an avid traveler, especially enjoying cruises and traveling abroad.  His favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys.  He supported his wife, Louise, in her teaching career and her involvement in community organizations.  He designed and built his own home in Goochland, Virginia.

Ju-Ju is survived by his wife of nearly fifty-three years, Louise Hopkins Chapman; children, Bryant, Marion, Pamela, William (Sonya), Randall (Marsha), and Crystal; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Georgie, brother-in-law, James (Vivian); devoted friends, Edward and Carol Hollins; Larry and Malinda Vincent; Kelvin and Barbara Richardson; Becky Payne, Priscilla Slaughter and Elaine Willis; and other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 23, 2024, at First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. Interment will be private.