Resolution J558-2013

Mourning the death of Reverend Dr. Horace DeVore Chapman, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION mourning the death of Reverend Dr. Horace DeVore
Chapman, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that  this  Legislative
Body records the passing of Reverend Dr. Horace DeVore Chapman of Brook-
lyn, New York, who died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the age of 62,
noting the significance of his purposeful life and accomplishments; and
  WHEREAS,  Reverend Chapman distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Chapman's commitment to excellence, and  his  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Horace DeVore Chapman was
educated in the public schools of South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York;
he  continued  his  studies at the Shaw University School of Theology in
Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Fordham University and City  College
matriculating in psychology, theology and bible history; and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from college, Horace DeVore Chapman held his
christian  education in high regard because it was his calling to minis-
ter and serve; he was a member of the Board of Managers of the  Brooklyn
Council of Churches, a member of the East Brooklyn Churches, a member of
the  Pastoral Care Staff of Saint Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn, and vice-
chairman of the Trustee Board of the Eastern Baptist Association; and
  WHEREAS, In 1967, Reverend Chapman received  his  ministerial  license
and  was  ordained in 1968 by Reverend W.J. Hall, Bethel Baptist Church,
Brooklyn, New York; he served as Assistant Pastor of the  Union  Baptist
Church  in  Durham, North Carolina under the pastorate of Reverend Grady
Davis; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Chapman also served as  the  pastor  of  the  Second
Baptist  Church  in  Middletown, New York; in November 1976, he accepted
the call as pastor of the Greater Bright Light Missionary Baptist Church
serving there for 34 years; in 2005, he was called  to  become  the  4th
pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic  spirit,  imbued  with a sense of
compassion, and comforted by a loving family,  Reverend  Chapman  leaves
behind  a  legacy  which  will  long endure the passage of time and will
remain as a comforting memory to all  he  served  and  befriended;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Reverend Dr.  Horace  DeVore  Chapman,  distinguished
citizen and devoted member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Reverend Dr. Horace DeVore Chapman.


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