The death of Scott Chapman on May 5 has caused all who knew him much sadness, even though we find it heartwarming to reflect on his remarkable attitude as he faced a very challenging future.

Scott was a rare example of victorious suffering, and even though he lost, his long, arduous tenure of disease was lived in such hope and unusual peace, he never gave up. His cheerful spirit was inspiring to his family and friends; those who knew the heavy burden he carried, the numerous disappointments, the hopes dashed, could only marvel at his constant smile and fortitude.

Scott was a recipient of a kidney transplant 12 years ago and was waiting for a heart transplant at the time of his death, but he was still thinking of others; a person now lives after receiving his liver the day he died.

An accomplished craftsman, Scott amazingly could command enough strength to build the handsome communion table for the new Faith Baptist Church that he and his devoted wife, Sylvia, and their son, Dustin, loved. The beautiful carving, “In Remembrance of Me,” seems more than a solemn invitation to join in the sacrament — but also a subtle reminder of the one who dedicated his own art of its observance.

Scott lost his father as a young boy but was blessed with a wonderful, loving mother, Faye, who must be so proud of raising a son with such character and integrity.

Scott was fortunate to have had his best friend since childhood, Bo Pittman, now living in Birmingham to come for a visit every day on his way home from work. Can you imagine the support and encouragement this gave to Scott all the many months he was at UAB these last 12 years?

So, if all Scott endured had a purpose, it was to show us all how to face adversity and win the inner battle. His wife, Sylvia’s, unwavering love and care undergirded him.

Scott taught us many lessons we won’t forget, and we feel blessed to have known him.

Helen and Billy Stubbs


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