Larry Chapman Named Distinguished Citizen By DAR Members


April 27, 2017

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Larry Chapman and Sandy Briggs

Sandy Briggs, chair of the National Defense Committee, announced at the April meeting of the Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution that Larry Chapman is the chapter's 2017 Outstanding Citizen Award recipient.

Chapman is a Brevard native who graduated from Western Carolina University.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after graduation and was commissioned a second Lieutenant a few months later. He remained in the Marine Corps for 30 years and retired as a colonel.

Chapman married Jill Sheridan, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Chapman worked for Ecusta for 37 years until the company closed its local operation. He now works for a paper company headquartered in Austria.

The position of county commissioner has occupied him locally for the last six years, and Chapman is the commission chairman this term.

Chapman is a very active member of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in Asheville.

He serves as JROTC Chairman and was the speaker at the JROTC awards ceremony at Brevard High School at the conclusion of the 2016 academic year.

He represents the SARS at Boy Scout Eagle Award ceremonies and gives each new Eagle Scout a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Chapman also serves on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee in Transylvania County.

Chapman always takes part in Memorial Day and Veterans' Day commemorations. He has been very involved with getting activities organized for 2017 and getting citizens involved.

Sandy Briggs said, "I am honored and delighted to present the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal to Larry Chapman."

(The Waightstill Avery Chapter NSDAR was established in Brevard in 1921. Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman aged 18 or older who can prove her direct descent from a person who furthered the cause of American independence during the years 1776-1783.

For information about the DAR, access the national website


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