Richard Philip Chatham, Sr. passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018 at Community Hospice Hadlow Center for Caring, joining the love of his life and wife of 55 years Anna Joyce Chatham. He was born on September 8, 1933.
Athletically talented, he received a football scholarship to attend Clemson University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and went on to graduate from the University of West Florida. He had a distinguished 38 year career with SCM/Glidco retiring in 1998 to care for our mother. For ten years Dad lovingly cared for our sweet and special mother until her passing in 2008.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Dad know that he made lifelong friends whom he treasured, always placed others before himself, and had unconditional and unending love for his family. Although our hearts are heavy with sadness, they are also filled with loving memories. We are so thankful for the time we had together.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton Lee and Sadie M. Chatham, wife Anna Joyce Chatham, brother Thomas Chatham, and grandson Michael Ray Lannom. He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia C. Lannom (Ray), Mary Melinda Chatham, one son, Richard Philip Chatham, Jr. (Maureen), four grandchildren, Amy Catherine Lannom, Christopher Philip Lannom (Kelly), Richard Philip Chatham, III and Zachary T. Chatham. Also surviving are eleven great-grandchildren: Joshua Daniel Parks, Seth Samuel Parks, James L. Parks, Charlotte Anna Parks, Kemper Philip Lannom, Kensington Joyce Lannom, Coby Mills Lannom, Catherine Denise Lannom, Cooper Thomas Lannom, Keegan Richard Lannom, and Karyss Anna Lannom.
Graveside services will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. A reception to celebrate the life of Richard Philip Chatham will follow in the Oaklawn Chapel.
For those who which, in lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to either All Saints Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL or Community Hospice, Jacksonville, FL.