Viewing will be held at 1 hr prior to service at 10:00 am, Saturday October 07, 2023
***SERVICE WILL BE LIVESTREAM***… Click on the link below
WILLIAM HENRY CHATMAN
William Henry Chatman, aged 84, was gently welcomed into heaven on September 28, 2023.
He was born to William and Charlotte (Mitchell) Chatman in Emporia, Virginia, on September 6, 1939, as the son of hardworking sharecroppers.
To many, William was a beacon of love and strength. His devotion of 62 years to his beloved wife, Inez, stands as a testament to enduring love. As a father and grandfather, his affection and guidance enriched the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Sheryl Freeman (Roger) and Lisa Chatman; son, Sheldon Chatman (Toshie); brother, Jonny D. Moody; cherished grandchildren, Nicole Isaac (Mikko), Jeremy Pope, Dr. William Freeman, and Jordan Chatman; great-grandchild, Orion Isaac; and a close-knit family of nieces, nephews, and many friends.
William was reunited in heaven with his parents and siblings: Gene Chatman, Arthur Chatman, Beatrice Chatman, Edna Chatman, Carolyn Harris, Annie Nichols, and Mara Linda Chatman.
With unwavering commitment, William served in the United States Navy for 22 years. His service, which included an honorable retirement and the Vietnam Service Medal, spoke of his dedication to his nation. Post his naval duties, William continued to serve his community as a Letter Carrier at the Winter Park Branch of the United States Post Office for two decades.
Beyond his professional endeavors, William’s passions were vast. He cherished worldly adventures with Inez, engaged in the joys of woodworking and fishing, and took delight in attending Ham radio conventions. His ability to fix almost anything and everything benefitted not only his family, but also many of his neighbors.
William’s passion for music resonated with everyone who knew him. As a gifted saxophonist, he charmed audiences during his high school days and later mastered the intricacies of the piano, organ, and violin. His deep, mellifluous bass voice was a regular part of the Macedonia Men’s Choir for many years. Those close to him often joked that, given a piano in the vicinity, there was no escaping his heartwarming rendition of “Blueberry Hill.” His multifaceted interests illuminated his zest for life. William will be greatly missed by all.
The Celebration of Life in honor of William will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 412 E Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL. Friends and family may gather to share memories and condolences at the viewing being held at Golden’s Funeral Home on Friday, October 6, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Kindly consider making a contribution to AdventHealth Hospice Care Central Florida in lieu of flowers to honor William’s memory.
Golden’s Funeral Home in Winter Park, FL, humbly stands with the Chatman family during this time, assisting with arrangements.
For those unable to attend, please click on the link or picture below to view the live funeral service.