Avery had lived in Bartow County most of his life and worked as a truck driver for ATCO Rubber Company. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam Conflict. Avery was a charter member and past commander of the Vietnam Veterans of Bartow County. He was also a member of American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W.
Avery was a member of the Euharlee Masonic Lodge 457 and was a 32nd degree master mason. He was also a Shriner and a member of Yarab Temple of Atlanta. Avery was a born again Christian and a member and elder of Bibleway Baptist Church of Cartersville.
Avery enjoyed racing cars. He loved camping and hanging out with his Vietnam veteran brothers. And he especially enjoyed riding with the Patriot Guard Riders.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Kathy Burns Chapman; his children and their spouses, Michelle and Kenny Moore, Hayley and Daryl Johnson, Jennifer and John Pratt, Joseph A. Chapman III, and Blue and Sabrina Edwards; 15 grandchildren, Patrick and Crystal, Erica and Jackson, Nick, Sarah, Brittney, Tayler, Sierra, Zach, Justin, Ty, Andy, Haley, Cameron, Olivia, and Madison; two great-grandchildren, Gavyn and Stormi; special nieces, Mary and Brittany; special nephew, Jesse; and many wonderful friends and church family.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Pastor Ralph Cox and Pastor Mark Harris officiating. Avery's cremated remains will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders to be buried in the Georgia National Cemetery following the service.
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