Frankie Chappell

Frankie Chappell, 81, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2023. She devoted her entire life to her family and friends. Her family was her world. There was never a time when she didn’t have a house full of company, and she cherished every moment. Frankie lived her dash to the fullest. She especially loved playing cards with her Red Hatter friends, whom she adored. Many will miss her laughter, spirit, generosity, and tenacious personality.  

Her husband, Troy L. Chappell, mother, father, and numerous sisters and brothers preceded her in death.

Frankie is survived by her two children, Nancy (Kevin) Newman and Helen (Jim) Kent, and several grandchildren: Michael, Heather, Tiffany (Kalub), Dakota, Shade, Genesis, Anthony, and the apple of her eye, Sawyer; as well as a sister, brother, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family is incredibly grateful for Westport Rehab and Nursing Center Richmond, VA, and The Hidenwood, with special thanks to Mr. C. Cook.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home Wednesday, July 19, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral will occur the following day at 2 p.m., followed by a burial at Peninsula Memorial Park. Dr. Skip Hathaway will be officiating. Immediately following, family and friends are welcome to a reception at the home of Jim and Helen Kent at 104 Jennie Dr., Yorktown, VA.


  1. Patty and Tommy Freeman

    We had so many fun night’s at your house cards ,ceramics ,holidays and a lot of laughs we all will miss your laugh and friendship RIP Frankie you will always be in my heart ❤️

    • Nancy Newman

      Thank you Patty! For those that didn’t know her in her younger years could never imagine the life she lived. Friends, neighbors, kids every morning, noon and night. It was a revolving door at any given time and that is exactly how she wanted to live her life. Our door was always opened and everyone was welcome! She loved people and loved it when everyone was happy.

  2. Jeannie

    Oh my gosh!!! Where do I start. Samuelson court will never be the same. Egg sandwich’s, hot dogs, cards, ceramics, always a laugh and good times. I’m sure you were greeted by so many RIP Frankie

  3. Denise Roane Machamer

    As a child my memories is that Frankie was a staple of fun whenever our families were together. My mother Crystal Roundy Roane, her aunt in law at the time, loved Frankie also. My condolences to Renee and Helen. You had the best mom! Sending love.

  4. Phyllis Thweatt

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Frankie is a wonderful friend. She will be truly missed. We will miss her smirking face at cards. We love you.

  5. Gale Bryant

    Frankie was just the nicest lady! Years ago, she worked for the Community Finance division of Newport News Savings Bank (later TideMark Bank), and I was the HR Director for TideMark. Everyone was fond of Frankie–she was a great employee and so friendly and nice to the everyone–always a smile on her face! Frankie did beautiful work in ceramics, and I was the fortunate recipient of one of her ceramic Christmas trees which has graced our home for more than 28 Christmases. My deepest sympathy to Frankie’s family and friends at this sad time; knowing her was a blessing.

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