Isaac Jess Chappell III, 83, passed away peacefully at home on the evening of December 9, 2021.
Born in Dadeville, Alabama in 1938, he proudly attended Auburn University and began his working career quite humbly as a repo man in Tuscaloosa.
Despite his tough origins, Jess Chappell was an immensely kind and charming man and was one of few people that would get excited to be behind someone in the grocery store line, only because he knew he had the opportunity to make a new friend.
Perhaps it was this affable spirit that enabled him to climb higher and join Atlas Finance in Gadsden, Alabama as a branch manager. It was in this position that he used his signature charm to quickly climb the ladder of success, joining Amchap Corporation in Atlanta. He then relocated to Savannah, GA and became a partner at the old Jones & Hill Insurance company where he successfully negotiated the merger into Jones, Hill, & Mercer. In classic Jess Chappell, SSFA, fashion, he desired to go further up life’s highway and founded his own agency, Chappell Insurance Services (CIS). This move enabled him to become a true power player in the national insurance industry as he and his sons created Quality Casualty Insurance Company.
An accomplished pilot, he enjoyed flying and loved globetrotting with his wife Betty and their close friends; he was a genuine leader and held his role as the patriarch of the Chappell family very close to his heart.
Jess was a longtime member of the Oglethorpe Club, the Savannah Cotillion Club, and the Savannah Yacht Club, where he gallantly reigned as the oldest active tennis player, and more importantly, the most competitive.
He is survived by his wife Betty of Savannah, GA, and his three sons, Mark (Tammy) of Alexander City, AL, Frank (Lisa) of Savannah, GA, and Jon of Savannah, GA. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Mark Jr. (Morgan), Blake, Sam, Mary Jane, Matthew, Sarah Jane, Charles, and Claudia. He additionally leaves behind three stepchildren, Layne (Chuck), Laura (David), and Sanders (Ashley) and their children, Crawford, Zoe, and Carys. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane Chappell of Aliceville, AL.
His memorial service will take place at 3:00 PM, Monday, December 13, 2021, at Isle of Hope Methodist Church. A reception in celebration of Jess’s life will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Isle of Hope Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.
Dear Mark, Betty and all, you are in my prayers. Chap was a charmer! Love to all from his sister, Lillian.
- Lillian (Lynne) Demarest, Corsicana, TX
You all are in my thoughts and prayers- Mr. Chappell will be greatly missed.
- Stephanie Eichstead, Savannah, GA
So sorry to hear of your loss. Jess will be missed but will continue to live on in our hearts and in our memories. I enjoyed the years I was able to work with Jess and the boys at CIS. Jess touched our lives in a positive way and will be fondly remembered.
- JoAnn Schmidt-Lott, Spring, TX
I am heartbroken to hear this news! I am thinking of you all. He was a great man and will be missed by all of us that knew and loved him.
- Tina Boyle, Richmond Hill, GA
We are here to support you all during these challenging times.
- John and Susan Petricelli, Fernandina Beach, FL
For over 77 years Chap was in my life as a big brother at school, on the football field, summer trips to Daddy’s on the bus, sun and fun at Daytona Beach, playing Monopoly (he cheated), playing in the creek and swimming at Farrington Lake… after I married he would often call usually with a genealogical question. I will miss most his questions about who was born when, where and to whom. He was Chap! The fair haired boy who once had a pony named Daisy. Will miss him!! ♥️
- Amanda Chappell Reaves, Jacksonville , Al
I'm so sorry to hear about Chap. By the time I was befriended by the Chappells, Chap lived in another state with a family of his own. So though he was never like a big brother to me, I always enjoyed when he and his family came to visit his father and his sisters Amanda, Liz, and Lynne. As I grew up, I enjoyed conversations with him. He's deeply loved and will be missed.
- Becky Cochrane, Houston, Texas
Your father was one of the kindest men I have ever known. So sorry for your loss. I can still see his smile!!
- Barrie Ruland, Lincolnton , Georgia
Will always remember our cruise through the canal. Sorry to say that Winston died shortly after we got home from the cruise. We had a great table that everyone wanted to join. What a fun memory. Betty, we are so sorry. He was a great gentleman.
- Bill and Libba Bowling , Lagrange , GA 30240
So sorry to hear of your loss.
- Irene McBride , Atlanta , Georgia
My family and I send our love, and while loss is ever easy, I'm glad your friends and family are coming together to share their stories and memories of this great man. Only having the honor of speaking a few times with him, what I took away was always his ability to make me and everyone else feel we were on the right track and doing great. Rest in peace sir, and be proud of the beautiful family you've built around you.
- Jason Bissell, Syracuse, New York
Jess was such a wonderful man. He was always so kind to me. I know he is in heaven hanging out with my dad. Much love to the Chappell family.
- Biza Mabry, Savannah, GA
John and I were sorry to hear that Jessie passed away. I know tammy and mark, they loved Him very much and he will be miss By their children, mark And Sarah. RIP
- Bonita ennis W Ennis, Savannah, GA
My condolences go out to the family! Jess was truly the gentleman’s gentleman! He will truly be missed!
- Sandi Huff, Bloomingdale , Georgia
Mrs. Chappell and family I’m so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
- Rhett Robicheaux , St. Petersburg , Florida
Blessings to all peace be with you...
- Barrett, Pam, daughter Amy and son, Gil Benton, Savannah, Georgia
Memories of coaching the Fiddlers with Jess bring nothing but joy to my heart, coach on Jess Go Fiddlers!
- Barrett, Pam, Amy and Gil Benton, Savannah, Georgia
- CHERYL CLAY, TYBEE ISLAND, GA
Dearest Betty and family, we just heard about the passing of Jess. We are so sad to have missed his Funeral. You know we would have been there. We have wonderful memories of Jess. We send our love to you and his family. Diane and Pomeroy
- Diane Fulmer , Savannah, Georgia
The Hagar’s send our thoughts and prayers for your families loss. Your Dad was a great man and will be truly missed
- Greg , Heather and Grant Hagar , Inverness , FL
Mark, Frank, Jon & family, you are all in thoughts and our prayers. Much love to you all.
- George & Dawn Quattlebaum, Savannah, GA
Betty and family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. HM and Michael Fleming
- Fleming, Savannah, Ga
We have so many fond memories from long ago when the Chappells were our neighbors at White Bluff ...
- Dan & Jane Pruitt, Savannah, Ga.