Beloved Erma Elizabeth Chapple was born to Bonnie Barbour and Walter Jones in Toledo, OH, May 1, 1927. She was the eldest of two children.
Erma completed her formal education in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating from Central High School in 1944 and from the University of Kentucky in 1948 with a Bachelor’s degree in Language Arts (English) major.
Erma married the Love of her life, Amos Chapple, May, 1985 in Brooklyn, New York. They moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986.
Sister Erma Chapple joined the New Jerusalem Baptist Church on September 3, 1989. From that Sunday forward, she endeared herself to countless members and friends with her infectious smile. She became active with many ministries immediately. She served in the Mission, Deaconess, Eight o’clock Choir Ministry and Nursing Home Ministry. She was an excellent pianist and used her talent to the “Glory of God”.
Sister Erma Chapple was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Amos, mother, Bonnie Barbour and brother, James Starkey, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory: sister-in-law, Dorris Starkey; niece, LisaWells; nephews, Michael Starkey, Sr., James Starkey III and Glenn Starkey; great nieces, Malaika Willis, Dominique (Michael) Toms and Christina Allen; great nephews, Michael Starkey, Jr., Clyde Allen, Jr. and Foree Wells IV;
stepmother of Michael Chapple and sister-in-law of the late Louise Settles of Memphis, TN; 26 first cousins and other relatives too numerous to mention. She has several special friends who were always there to fellowship and minister to her every need, Marva Coffey, Deborah Johnson, Wanda King, Nancy Sneed and Rita Grant. A pastor and first lady, Rev. Damon and Sister Barbara Lynch who loved and cared for her dearly. Last, but certainly not least, her loving companion, the “Man of the House” Puff, whom she swore was part-human, who will truly miss her. There are friends near and far who also imparted the Life of this great jewel who cherish her memory. We all cherish this Great Woman of God. To God Be The Glory!
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