Ben Chapman

January 9, 1953 ~ June 5, 2021

Lake Arthur

Ben Chapman, 68 of Lake Arthur passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 5, 2021.  His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Miguez Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Arthur with Rev. Roland Vaughn officiating.  Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home.

Visitation will begin on Tuesday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m. in Lake Arthur and continue until 8:00 p.m.  A rosary will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m.  Visitation will resume on Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and continue until service time at 11:00 a.m.

Ben was born to Bill and Sally Chapman on January 9, 1953.  He was a Hall of Fame athlete of Lake Arthur, excelling in football, basketball, and track.  He brought his talents to Arkansas State and finished his studies as a McNeese University graduate.  He had a successful career in the oil industry for 40 years and retired as a lab technician from Philips 66 after 33 years of service.

Ben loved the outdoors.  He spent his time in his paradise at Lake Arthur Reclamation and at his fishing camp on Toledo Bend Lake after retirement.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and admiring the beauty of the marsh.  He also enjoyed spending down time at Car Quest.  His all-time favorite hobby was being in the presence of and spoiling his family.  He especially adored his grandsons, whom he loved more than anything and his dog, Rosie.  He was a gentle, hardworking, loving man that will be greatly missed by his loved ones.

He was greeted with open arms in heaven by his parents, Bill and Sally Chapman; sister, Peggy Oustalet; father-in-law, Donald King; and his beloved dogs, Repo and Lucky.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 22 years, Monica Chapman; children, Ben (Haley), Zack (Bill) Bonin, Kadie (Greg) Verret, Pierce and Dominique Chapman; grandsons, Slayden Bonin, Tucker Verret, and Thomas Verret; a grandbaby on the way; brother Danny (Kim) Chapman; sister, Becky (Kenny) Brantley; nephews, Andy Chapman, Sam Chapman, Ben (Molly) Rawls, and Alex Chapman; nieces, Jeannie Martin and Kelly (Chris) Robinson; six grand nieces and nephews. 

Pall Bearers are Danny Chapman, Andy Chapman, Ben Bonin, Zack Bonin, Greg Verret and Craig Chapman.  Honorary Pall Bearers are Harold Chapman and Kenny Chapman.



Burial: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
11:30 am - 12:00 am

Lake View Cemetery

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Miguez Funeral Home - Lake Arthur

Rosary: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Miguez Funeral Home - Lake Arthur

Visitation: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miguez Funeral Home - Lake Arthur

Visitation: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
8:00 am - 11:00 am

Miguez Funeral Home - Lake Arthur

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  1. Ben will be greatly missed. I worked with him at the Oil Refinery where we both Retired from. Love and Condolences to the Family.

  2. I worked with Ben for 13 years at Excel. He was a great man. Kind, caring, knowledgeable. Loved our chats and to hear him laugh. He will definitely be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  3. I am so sorry for y’all loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  4. My thoughts about my Aunt Jeanne Streater, who married a Chapman and brought that wonderful family into ours………they are the best, and Ben is tops with me.

  5. Our prayers are with your family for the healing of your hearts by God’s grace. He was a fine gentleman.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing.
    We worked for the same company for close to 20 years. I always enjoyed our visits and the words of wisdom that he shared with me. Ben had a heart of gold. My condolences to his family and May God strengthen and comfort you during this time.

  7. So sorry to hear about Ben. It has been years since I have seen him. My condolences to all of his family.

  8. So sorry to hear this…it's been a few years since we have seen Ben but we know that he will be missed by his many friends and family… Our prayer go out for Ben and his immediate family!!!

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with Ben's family and friends. As a younger student I enjoyed watching Ben lead his team in basketball. He always had a friendly smile and excelled in sports and life. May he RIP.

  10. We are very saddened to hear of Ben’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your memories give you peace and comfort.

  11. Gentle Ben is who I always thought of when I saw Ben or Benjamin I called him. I worked with Ben at PCD/ Citgo and he transferred to my unit after the Oxide Unit he was working in blew up! Ben was working the night the unit blew up and he led the operators out of the explosion scooping one up as he ran past him! I had the pleasure of sitting in a duck blind and watching a master at work with a duck call! Working the same shift as Benjamin we hunted together often and I always was eager to get in the blind with him again. Our math wasn’t that good and we were hunting around 1980 and 81 when the mallards were everywhere! We drifted apart when they shut our plant down and Benjamin started his career with Conoco and I moved over to Citgo’s Main Refinery. My heart goes out to his family and the loss of a GIANT!

  12. I remember him well. He was just an all around good guy. The kind you measure others against. Comes from a great family. My heart breaks for all of you.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I attended high school with Ben, and I remember him as a kind and gentle giant with a smile that could light up a room. May he Rest In Peace

  14. Monica,
    I am so sorry to hear about Ben and wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Karen Broussard Babineaux

  15. Ms. Monica, today I was informed of Mr. Ben's passing. What a shock it was. My heart is sadden by your loss, and my prayers pour out for your family. I don't have the words to express how heart broken I am, but know he will not be forgotten. I will miss his smile, which he always had. God bless you and your family.

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