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In Memory of

Jeane Brown Chappell

September 13, 1928 - November 19, 2016

Obituary


Jeane B. Chappell passed from this world on November 19, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama, Jeane attended the University of Alabama, Tulane University, and Rollins College. Jeane worked professionally as a researcher, speechwriter and in public relations. She was very engaged in civic activities: the first woman president of First Coast Tiger Bay; president of Jacksonville's Fine Arts Forum; Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Florida Agricultural Museum where she was the guiding force for establishment of Florida's Agriculture Museum, and president of the League of Women Voters...

Jeane B. Chappell passed from this world on November 19, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama, Jeane attended the University of Alabama, Tulane University, and Rollins College. Jeane worked professionally as a researcher, speechwriter and in public relations. She was very engaged in civic activities: the first woman president of First Coast Tiger Bay; president of Jacksonville's Fine Arts Forum; Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Florida Agricultural Museum where she was the guiding force for establishment of Florida's Agriculture Museum, and president of the League of Women Voters of Central Florida in 1956. Jeane was a leader in dozens of other community and civic endeavors during her lifetime. She was also a driving force and leader in numerous political campaigns: from statewide coordinator in a Florida gubernatorial contest in 1960 to numerous congressional and state campaigns to 2014. Jeane was a recognized as an Honorary Life Member of Presbyterian Women for her service to South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, particularly as a leader in the women's circles. Jeane led an extraordinary life. She traveled the world, met with national and world leaders, was a gourmet cook, superb hostess, a voracious reader, lover of jazz and classical music, a patron of the arts, a civic, political and community volunteer, skilled writer, football fan, adventurer, and passionate and positive leader. She was an incredible role model, caring and compassionate friend, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Jeane lived life with enthusiasm and purpose.

Jeane is predeceased by her husband, the love of her life, Congressman William V. Chappell, Jr.; her parents, Buren and Leila Williams Brown; and sister, Mary Katherine. She is survived by her children, Michelle M. Hanchey (Warren) and Charles W. McBurney, Jr. (Deborah); sisters, Nell Propst and Jerry Mossor; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will host visitors from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida. The funeral service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 2137 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, Florida with Dr. Bruce Hedgepeth, officiating. A graveside committal will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida. Donations in Jeane's name may be made to South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church Youth Ministry, 2137 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207; Heartland Hospice 8130 Baymeadows Way W., # 201, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or Learn to Read Jacksonville, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.