James “Jim” Nield Chapman


James “Jim” Nield Chapman

James “Jim” Nield Chapman was a man who loved the Lord, his family, church and community. Jim was a magnificent person who spread happiness wherever he went.

On Sunday, March 26, 2023, he was joyfully welcomed into the arms of God and his heavenly home. He passed away at the age of 85.

He was born in Missouri to Claude and Alice Chapman. He graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Army. Later, he began his career in sales and, eventually, started his own business, “B’s Honey Farm” along with his brother, Jerry, supplying New Mexico with natural raw honey, which continues to be one of the best-selling products on the market today.

In his younger days, his passion was playing baseball, bowling and hunting. He had an effervescence all his own that affected everyone in his presence. Outside of his top priority of always making people laugh with his priceless wit and humor, he enjoyed collecting and restoring classic cars, watching his St. Louis Cardinals play and having coffee and conversation with his friends and family.

He took pride in being a veteran and participated in many ceremonies held at the Veteran’s Memorial. He attended Valley Lutheran Church in Los Lunas for many years and was honored to be among his fellow Christians.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of 40 years; stepsons, Larry and wife, Kris, and Hal and wife, Sandy; his children, Denise, James and wife, Laurie, and Mark; his 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

He is now reunited with his parents, his brother, Jerry; and his grandson, Jacob.

Jim had numerous friends and he will always be remembered in their hearts and souls.

To honor his memory, there will be a service and celebration of life at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 16, at Valley Lutheran Church, 3259 N.M. 47, Los Lunas. A reception will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veterans Visitor Center in Albuquerque or the Fisher House, VA Loop at Gibson, Albuquerque.

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