Gloria Chapmon dies
7/30/2013, 11:10 a.m.
Funeral services were held for Gloria Lucille Chapmon on Tuesday, July 30, at Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village with Rev. Dr. Larry Macon, Sr. presiding.
Sorors of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. performed their Memorial Services on Monday evening, July 29, at H. M. Martin Funeral Home.
Gloria Lucille Hinson Chapmon was born August 23, 1925, to the late Gladstone and Myrtle Hinson of Bermuda while they were residing in New York City, NY. She was the eldest of three children. The family returned to Bermuda where Gloria made her home until leaving for Wilberforce University in Ohio where she was a pre-med major.
Upon moving to Cleveland, she worked for the U.S. Navy until she joined Chapmon’s Automotive Parts as a bookkeeper working for the late Jesse Chapmon. There she met a handsome marine as he returned home from the Korean War. Louis captured her heart and swept her off her feet. The two were joined in marriage on December 21, 1956.
Gloria was employed by the Cleveland Board of Education as a Principal Clerk working in various schools, including Collinwood High School, where she ended her career after 30 years of service. She also served as Vice President of Chapmon’s Automotive Parts, the family business, alongside her husband.
Family was of utmost importance to Gloria. She and Louis raised three children: Randy, Tony and Kimberly. It was important to Gloria that her children visit Bermuda annually, and she nurtured the relationships with the Bermudian family and friends.
Gloria was a dedicated member of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., where she held various offices at the local level and served as the National President from 1978 until 1982. During her tenure as President she chartered and re-activated fifteen chapters throughout the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The registration of honorary members at national conventions and the Parade of Presidents were instituted under her leadership. She was the creator and organizer of the Hall of Fame Luncheon. The Gloria Chapmon Walk-A-Thon for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled was named in her honor.
From 1982 until present, she was the Ohio State Convener of the National Council of Negro Women, appointed by the late Dorothy Height. During her tenure she served twelve Sections and two Life Member Guilds. She organized and chartered five new Sections and she was instrumental in organizing the Bethune recognition national program and facilitated the first collegiate chapter at Bowling Green State University. Gloria served on several committees for the national executive board of N.C.N.W., Washington, DC. She was proud to be a Legacy Life and Life member of NCNW, and also a Life member of the N.A.A.C.P.
Gloria has received an abundance of awards for her unselfish and dutiful services to not only her city of residence, Oakwood Village, but also to the Greater Cleveland area and the state of Ohio. She was the recipient of awards of service from five City of Cleveland Mayors. In 1990, she received the prestigious Keeper of the Flame award by Ohio Secretary of State, Sherrod Brown. The Honorable Congressman Louis Stokes presented her with the Twenty-First Congressional District Award for Outstanding Service in 1978 and 1989.