Chapman, Nancy Ward Adkins

Nancy Ward Adkins Chapman, 79, passed away on July 21, 2021. She was a member of the Kellogg Independent Holiness Church of God. Born on October 13, 1941 a daughter of the late Mary Kathleen Smith Ward. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Robert Chapman; brothers, Bill, James and Richard “Dick” Ward; Brother-in-law, Basil Adkins; sister-in-law, Helen Ward; nephews, Jimmy Dan Ward and Robert “Bobby” Adkins. Nancy was a 1959 graduate of Buffalo High School. She retired from the Wayne County Board of Education where she was employed for 30 years at Buffalo Elementary. Nancy was a columnist for the Wayne County News for over 25 years. Survivors include daughters, Tammy Adkins (Tim) Keyser and Carla Adkins (David) Ball. She was Mamaw to Summer (Eric) Simmons, Channing Keyser (Marisa), Samantha Kwiatkowski and Morgan Keyser. Her great grandchildren, whom she adored, Gavin Kwiatkowski, Chloe Keyser, Bentley Keyser, Casey Chapman, Cheyenne, Karleigh, and Riley Simmons. She is also survived by her sister, Lois (Ward) Adkins; sister-in-law, Betty Lou Ward; many loving nieces, nephews and a special cousin, Don Bias. At her request there will be no services at this time. Rollins Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

2 Replies to “Chapman, Nancy Ward Adkins”

  1. I moved to Miami, Fl in 1969 at the age of 20, but returned to my roots (Kenova) each year without fail until Co-vid. I had not seen my cousin, Nancy, for at least 15 years but I so remember her and she was always warm and friendly. As a child I recall attending a family event at the Ward farm – I believe a bridal or baby shower, and the brothers were playing their music and singing. I learned the song, “Jambalya, Crawfish Pie” that night. To this day it’s on my playlist. I so miss how things were back then, simple and wholesome. I send you my deepest sympathy. GOD Bless
    Sarah (Frazier-Caldwell)Banks, daughter of Verla and Art, sister of Milford, Diana Sue, and Vicky

  2. I am shocked to learn that Nancy has gone on to be with the Lord. We are cousins and friends on facebook. Nancy’s grandmother Anna Ward was my grandfather’s sister. We always called her Aunt Annie and loved her also.
    Love & prayers to her girls and grandchildren. May the Lord give you peace, love and comfort during this time.
    Lucretia & Joe Webb

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