Thomas A. Chapman (23) of Oakland

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Published on August 26 2014 7:05 am

Thomas “Tommy” A. Chapman, 23, of Oakland, Illinois, formerly of Mattoon, Illinois, passed away at 6:20 a.m., August 23, 2014, north of Ashmore from injuries resulting from an automobile accident.

The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 30 at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Interment will be at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon with military rights conducted by V.F.W. Post 4325 of Mattoon. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m.until the service begins. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

Born March 24, 1991, in Arcola, Tommy was the son of Kathy (Chapman) and Patrick Smith. Before graduating from Mattoon High School in 2009, Tommy was a member of the ROTC Drill Team, Rifle Team, and Massive Fan Club. After high school, he immediately attended Basic Training, and proudly served as a member of the United States Army National Guard for six years. In 2011, he earned his Emergency Medical Technician License from Lakeland College. He was currently employed with Dayton Freight in Arcola and Oakland Ambulance Service in Oakland. He also served as volunteer firemen with the Oakland Fire Department. Fishing and storm chasing were among Tommy’s hobbies. He was a fan of NASCAR, Chicago Cubs baseball, and Chicago Bears football. A genuinely good guy, and a friend of many, he will be truly missed by those fortunate enough to have known him. He will be remembered for his willingness to serve others and his fun-loving spirit.

He is survived by his parents, Kathy Smith and her husband, Patrick of Mattoon; an infant son, Kenneth D. Chapman and mother Nichole Tarr of Tuscola; two sisters, Kacie Smith and Kari Smith, both of Mattoon; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth Chapman and Clarence and Edith Smith.