Barbara Lee Underwood Chapman

Barbara Lee Underwood Chapman

Suffolk , VA
03.01.1939 - 09.16.2019

Barbara “Bobbie” Lee Underwood Chapman, 80, passed away on September 16, 2019. Born on March 1, 1939, she was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Marvin M. and Mary Elizabeth Hedgepeth Underwood.

She was preceded by her loving husband Robert R. “Jack” Chapman Jr. and her beloved sister-in-law Nancy Chapman Davis.

Left to cherish her memory are her devoted children Robert Randolph Chapman III, Mary Elizabeth Chapman Carden  and husband Jesse; Grandchildren Joshua Randolph Brandwein, Elizabeth Rebecca Brandwein Kroll and husband Joshua; Brother Marvin M. Underwood Jr. and wife Karen; sister Mary Anne Underwood Riddick and husband Larry. She is also survived by Jeanna Simons Chapman and several nieces and nephews and many cousins as well as her faithful and loyal canine companion, Abbie.

Bobbie was very fortunate to have grown up in a loving, tight-knit and deep rooted Tidewater Virginia family. She spent all of her formative years in the country side of old Nansemond County learning the ways of a country girl- she was an excellent shot and learned the many secrets of “Mother’s” kitchen as she was outstanding in cooking. She graduated from Chuckatuck High School in 1956 where she excelled in the class room and on the basketball court. She entered the Louise Obici School of Nursing and was a proud member of the Class of ’59 where she was awarded the Obici Hospital Auxiliary Award upon graduation. Bobbie then proceeded to serve Obici Hospital for 45 years in several roles beginning with staff nurse and ultimately as Director of Educational Services for 28 years.

Always genuinely concerned for the good health and wellness of others and upon retirement, she then served as an adjunct faculty member of PDCCC as a nurse aide instructor. She was instrumental in the early development of Western Tidewater Free Clinic and continued to serve as a volunteer in many capacities. Bobbie served in numerous professional organizations mostly all relating to the training and development of hospital professionals and the general wellness of the citizens of Suffolk and the surrounding counties.

She was a proud and faithful member of Suffolk Christian Church where she was honored to serve as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and as a member of the finance committee.

She served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts of America.

For all her success as a professional and volunteer, her greatest talent was as a wife, mother and friend. Fiercely loyal, non-judgmental and known in the family as the “Big O”, she was a faithful and loving partner to the love of her life Jack Chapman. She was her children’s most staunch supporter and shared in many ways her loving manner with her keen and wise intellect sprinkled with subtle humor- and was truly their hero of heroes. She loved dearly each and every family member and friend that she had the honor of knowing and was grateful for that friendship.

Finally, her family will be forever grateful for her spirit of good cheer and love and will continue to use the example she set forth each and every day. We will love her forever.

The family would like to thank the women and men of Sentara Obici Hospital and Sentara Norfolk General for the compassionate and excellent care she received over the last few weeks.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1 PM in Suffolk Christian Church, 216 North Main Street, Suffolk with Rev. Michael Halley officiating. Following the service and reception the burial will be conducted in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk on Thursday, September 19 from 6-7:30 PM. Donations may be made to the Western Tidewater Free Clinic or the Obici Healthcare Foundation. Condolences may be registered at

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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
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Suffolk Christian Church
216 N Main St.
Suffolk , VA 23434
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Bob and family, I was sorry to see the passing of your Mom. A good many years ago we lived next door to your grandparents, the Underwood's, and I worked at Crestar then and waited on your parents. Prayers of comfort and peace to all.

Lynn Mason Byrum

When I learned of Bobbie’s death I was heartbroken for her family my neighborhood as well as the medical church community. One of the most vibrant 80 year olds that I had the privilege to have known personally and professionally. May this s sweet lady Rest In Peace .

Cynthia ferguson

Mary Anne, Skip, Mary Beth & Bob,
Words cannot express how saddened I was to hear about the loss of Bobbie. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I have fond memories of our family get-togethers. Bobbie always made me feel special, that was just her way…always so pleasant and kind. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. As each day passes may the memories of Bobbie help fill the emptiness I your heart. I send you my sincere thoughts of sympathy and love.

Gin Chappelle

We were so sorry to hear of the loss your mother. Our Prayers are with you and your family.
Desiree' and Angela

Desiree Perkins

To the Family of Barbara Chapman, Kenny and I will miss your Mother and her smile when we would see her at church. She was a very special lady and will be truly missed. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Kenny and Vicki Martin, Suffolk Christian Church

So sorry to learn of Barbara,s death. I had the priviledge of serving on the board with her at Western Tidewater Free Clinic for many years. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed greatly. Prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time

Johnny and Joan Boyce Minter, Port Charlotte, Florida

Bob and Mary Beth, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. May the good memories you have of her sustain you in the difficult days and weeks ahead.

Marvin Fanny Jr

The heavens are rejoicing at the arrival of Bobbie! The obituary speaks so beautifully of this wonderful woman. She was my classmate at Obici School of Nursing 60 years ago. May warm memories, of which there are many, hold, warm and comfort all who love her.

Norma M Olio

Dear Mary Beth and Bob,
Please accept John’s and mine deep sympathy for the loss of your dear mother. We were so fond of both your parents. I considered her one of my early professional role models and I always enjoyed our personal and professional conversations. She gave to and influenced so many. Please know you and your family are in our prayers at this difficult time.

Ann and John Pinner

Ann and John Pinner

Dear Bob, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Bobbie was a such a dear lady. I remember how she always had a smile for everyone even us lowly underclassmen. We had a special bond and I will forever cherish it. Please know that I hold you and your sister and all of your family members in my thoughts and prayers. She will be greatly miss by so many people.
Hope Griffi

Hope Griffin

To the Chapman Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your matriarch. We pray that you will cherish the memories as they will keep you in the days and months to come.

BOTJ Investment Services
Ken Harvey, Troy Deacon, Carter Moss and Sean Chambers

Sean Chambers

Bob--Mom, Julie, and I were so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. You and Mary Beth are in our prayers.

Linda Ryder-Wolf

Bob, Mary Beth and Family,
Bobbie and Jack were such a pleasure to be with. They came by to see us on many occasions to watch ball games. While almost everyone was a Redskins fan, Jack remained loyal to the Giants. Billie and I were constantly calling Bobbie to ask medical questions. She always had an answer. Bobbie touched many hearts in a positive way. She meant a lot to Billie and she will always miss her.
God Bless Bobbie Chapman

Billie and Jack Harry

Mary Beth,
I was heart broken to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I enjoyed going with her to the movies and lunch. Please keep in touch.

Martha Harry Young

Bob, Mary Beth and family,
I just cannot get over the loss of my wonderful friend and former colleague, Bobbie. You all certainly captured every essence of my Bobbie in her obituary. Her was always smiling and full of cheer and always willing to jump in and help when asked. She and Jack are together again and heaven is a better place now. God bless all of you.

Chet Hart

Dear Bob and Family,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Bobbie. She was a wonderful person who gave so much to so many. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of her. May the Lord bless you with comfort and strength through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ronald H. Williams, and Office Staff

Ronald H Williams

So sorry for you loss, we loved Bobbie!


Mary Beth and Bob,
I'm so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I always enjoyed speaking with her when my former firm worked with your family. She was such a sweet lady through difficult circumstances. Praying sweet memories for you all.

Anita Monroe

I am so sad to learn of the loss of Bobbie. I will miss her. What a wonderful person she was. Caring and kind, she always had time to listen and share a conversation. Our family sends love and sympathy to all of your family. Shirley

Shirley Richardson Fitzgerald

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