Randy Charles Chappell, 65, of Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, passed away March 5th, 2018. Randy was born in Griffin on August 2, 1952. He is preceded in death by his parents, J. B., Jr. and Nora Kelley Chappell; sister Delana Smith; and brother-in-law Dwayne Gregory.
Randy served in the United States Army, and upon returning to civilian life worked as a machinist and then at Dundee Mills as a fixer (the third generation of Chappells employed there). He also held a variety of other jobs over the years that allowed him to use his skill with his hands. Later in life he became a devoted follower of Tibetan Buddhism, and traveled twice to India to enter retreat at the Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala.
He is survived by sons Toby Chappell of Atlanta and Davis Chappell of Griffin; sister Linda Gregory of Griffin; brother-in-law Wayne Smith of Griffin; nephews Jeff Smith of Austin, TX and Kenny Smith of Locust Grove; and nieces Penny Benton of Athens and Mandy McDaniel of Griffin.
An informal memorial celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, March 11 from 2pm to 4pm at Bank Street Cafe on S. Hill Street in Griffin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Charles Smithgall Humane Society in Sautee-Nacoochee, GA, or to Drepung Loseling Buddhist Monastery in Atlanta. Condolences can be left at www.GeorgiaFuneralCare.com