Mr. Jeffrey Conrad Chatman

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September 23, 1963 – July 18, 2016


Friday, July 22, 2016
Family Visitation:  10:00 A.M
Memorial Service:  11:00 A.M

Looby Center Theater
2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville,  Tennessee

Jeffrey Conrad Chatman, “Big Nasty” was born September 23, 1963 to Melvin Chatman, Sr. and Velma Beard Chatman. He departed this earthly life Monday, July 18, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was preceded in death by one sister, Jacqueline McKinney; one brother, Melvin Chatman, Jr.; and one sister-in-law, Linnett Chatman.

Jeffrey accepted Christ at Beards Chapel Baptist Church in Springfield, TN at an early age. He was educated in the Robertson County school system and graduated from Springfield High School where he was the runner-up state championship in wrestling along with the MVP in baseball. Jeffrey went on to play football at TSU in what he called “the winning years,” one of which the team had an 11-0 record.  He always enjoyed sports, supporting the community and reaching the lives of youth.  He later married Lisa and with this marriage, they shared 28 years together.

Jeffrey worked with Metro Parks & Recreation for over 20 years. He was active with the youth at the community center; he was a licensed magician and he formed and lead a youth magic group; he worked with the boy scouts; he worked with Easter Seals Special Olympics; and he was a member of the 33rd Shriner and Mason. Jeffrey just loved the youth and interacting with people.

He leaves to cherish his memories loving wife, Lisa Chatman; two daughters, Jelisa Cierra Chatman and Belinda Yarbrough; two sons, Dequon Polk and Jordan Cortez Chatman; sisters, Carol (Robert) Merritt, Rachelle (Bobby) Brown, Tonya (Fred) Hammonds and Aisha Miller; brothers, Bobby Chatman and Karl (Sylvia) Chatman; sister-in-law, Dorthea Chatman; in-laws, Fred and Lena Hamilton; grandmother in-law, Juanita Hamilton; brother in-law, Darryl (Nicole) Hamilton; a host of nieces and nephews including a special bond with Carols’ son, Josh; and a host of other relatives and friends.

20 thoughts on “Mr. Jeffrey Conrad Chatman

  1. May God give the peace at this time to the family, friend,TSU Football family,and O.E.S. families Jeff was a bright light for many..

  2. He was a great leader and romodel to myself as a child . He has helped and guided so many children on the right path .He will truly be missed by myself and my oldest son. Rest in peace sweetheart. God bless you and your family .

  3. You worked tirelessly for many…Your infectious smile made it look so easy…..Now it’s time to rest….REST IN LOVE MY FRIEND….

  4. When I met you back in 2004, your “Light” shined so bright. The encouragement you gave me will forever remain within my thoughts as I journey through this walk of life. Thank you Bro. Chatman. REST IN PEACE, you will forever be missed..

  5. Brother Chatman you were an example of what true service to the community was all about. Never was it a time that you were called that you didn’t answer with doing all that you could. You will be missed dear Brother but your works will remain. Sleep Well Brother Chatman and THANK GOD for Blessing this world with you. Praying for your Family and the Community in which you served.

  6. Jeff you let you mighty light shine here on earth and now in the heavens!!!!! You will be missed but never forgotten my brother. Rest In Heaven !

  7. Jeff was one of my favorite students and players.He was a wonderful soul,whom we forever miss.This loss hurts so badly

  8. Just learned of the loss of high school classmate and Yellow Jacket Football teammate. Hard to believe. As big as he played on the gridiron, he had a big old heart to match. Last time i saw him was the celebration of 100 years of SHS Football. He was truly a part of that wonderful history. Peace to you my brother and love and support to your family

  9. Mr. Jeff was a good man and always had a heart for everyone. We all adored him for his kindness. From us we will always remember and bless you from upon the heaven gates. We love you and will never forget your name. This is from the Ray family to you Mr.Jeff. Denita Ray, Shakala Ray, Semaj Ray, James Ray, Latavia Ray, and De’vaughn Patton. We love you.

  10. You will be missed my friend and classmate. You truly left your mark in this world. We love you family.

  11. To my Nephews, DeQuon and DeJohn (Ta),

    We’re so sorry for the loss of your Father. Remember him for the great man and wonderful father that he was. Keep him forever in your hearts.

    Praying for you.

    Aunt Lisa, Phillip and Nicholas

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