Ruth Chapin

Mrs. Lillian Ruth Chapin, 83, of Statesville, died early in the morning of Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Carriage Club in Charlotte, NC.  She was born January 20, 1929 in Limestone, Tennessee, to the late John E. Gray and Lillian Gray. She moved with her family early in her childhood to Ocala, Florida.  It was there she married her childhood sweetheart, Bill Chapin whom she was married to for nearly 49 years.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Bill Chapin, in the year of 2001.

 Ruth is survived by two sons Ted Chapin and his wife Sarah, of Clanton, Alabama, and Gary Chapin, of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by her grandchildren Heather Hudgens (Travis) and Will Chapin. 

One of Ruth’s greatest loves in life, apart from her children and grandchildren, was the town of Statesville.   She frequently told the story about how she had to move often in the early years of her marriage, due to Bill’s service in the Air Force, and early career.  They lived in Iowa, New York State, and all over the southeast, moving about twelve times in the first 20 years they were married.  When they came to Statesville in 1972, she said that she insisted they move no more, and she had found her home.  She became active in the D.A.R., and at one point served as regent of the Fourth Creek chapter. 

Ruth also loved being the hostess for, and playing bridge with many of the ladies of Statesville.  She played regularly in a bridge club for years, and was often called to substitute in other groups.  Ruth was also something of a puzzle person, starting her mornings working the crossword puzzles and word puzzles in the Charlotte Observer.  She loved the closeness of living in a small, beautiful, city like Statesville, where it seemed everyone knew each other.  Among her favorite places were Larry’s drugstore, and Gloria’s Frame Gallery. 

A service to honor Mrs. Chapin’s life will be conducted 3:00 PM Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel in Statesville, NC with Rev. Mike Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. The family will visit with friends and family Thursday afternoon, from 2:00 until 3:00 PM at the funeral home.                                                          

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her many caregivers at the Carriage Club, of Charlotte. 

Memorials may be made to Mouzon United Methodist Church, 3100 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209, or to Trinity United Methodist Church, 106 Trinity Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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3 Responses to Ruth Chapin

  1. Frank Foreman says:

    Dear Gary and Ted,
    I did not learn of your mother’s passing until last night. She was a grand lady, wonderful mother and a special friend. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

  2. Darren, Jennifer, & Sara Hodges says:

    We would like to say how sorry we are for your loss. Ms. Ruth was such a sweet neighbor! We know you will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and friends.

  3. Paul Hugger says:

    Dear Ted and Sarah…

    I just heard of the passing of Ted’s mother Ruth. I am so sorry for your loss.

    I can only imagine the grief you must feel. From the obituary it sounds like Ruth and a full and meanigful life. I know she will be missed.

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Warm Regards,

    Paul Hugger, WRMC

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