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Shirley M. Chapman

February 14, 1938 ~ October 26, 2017 (age 79)

DEACONESS SHIRLEY M. FOSTER-CHAPMAN, was born to the late Colie L. Foster and Izetta Foster in Cullens, Virginia on February 14, 1938.

Shirley departed this life on October 26, 2017 at Future Care Homewood.

Shirley received her education in Charlotte Court House, Virginia where she graduated from High School in 1957 and later moved to Baltimore, Maryland to be with her sister Corine Glasgow.  

Shirley went on to work at Reeds Drug Store and various other jobs while residing in Baltimore, Maryland. She was most proud of her work as a Poling Judge on Election Days. She did this until her illness didn't allow her to continue working. 

Shirley grew up in Church, first at St. Andrews Baptist Church when she came to Baltimore. She joined Southern Baptist Church where she served on the Senior Choir #2. After being at Southern Baptist Church for many years she worked tirelessly with Rev. George A. Hurt, Jr. and his wife Sister Laura B. Hurt in organizing Garden of Prayer Baptist Church where she worked in many capacities until her illness; and Shirley was the last Founding Member Living.

Deaconess Shirley M. Foster-Chapman worked tirelessly with our founder Rev. George A. Hurt, Jr. and his wife Sister Laura B. Hurt, in the organizing of our great church in March of 1969. She unselfishly dedicated her time and her substance and was very proud to be a part of such an auspicious project. She readily assumed the duties of Church Clerk, Usher, Senior Choir Member and Pastor's Aide President. She took these jobs very seriously and served them faithfully until she moved to Philadelphia, PA for a brief time. But upon her return to Baltimore, she quickly resumed her positions.  

Deaconess Shirley M. Foster-Chapman loved working for the Lord in many capacities, but Ushering was her favorite ministry. Her favorite songs were Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross and Amazing Grace. However, the Garden of Prayer will always remember her for singing Swing low, Sweet Chariot. She would sing that song with the Spirit of God. Deaconess Shirley M. Foster-Chapman will truly be missed.

In 1962 the Lord blessed Shirley M. Foster and George Chamberlain with a beautiful baby-girl Cynthia Selma Foster.

Shirley met and later married William Chapman on February 10, 1990-he preceded her in death in 2013.

Shirley was the last living sibling of the Foster's Family and they all preceded her in death: Selma, David, Corine, Howard and James Albert.

Deaconess Shirley M. Foster-Chapman leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Cynthia Selma Foster, 3 grandchildren, Corey, Kevin (Brenda) and Cynthia "Shanice". Six great-grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews; one special and devoted niece May Izetta (named after her grandmother) Barry who visited her every week while Shirley was in Future Care Homewood, Baltimore, Maryland and May Izetta loved her Aunt Shirley. 

 Service Information

November 6, 2017

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home
1412 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21213

November 7, 2017

10:00 AM
Garden of Prayer
1148 Homestead St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Funeral Service
November 7, 2017

10:30 AM
Garden of Prayer
1148 Homestead St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

November 7, 2017

1:00 PM
Garrison Forest Veteran Cemetery
1501 Garrison Forest Rd.
Ownings Mills, MD 21117

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