Grove's First Principal Dies At 90 Years
Dr. Clovis G. Chappell, a retired Methodist minister who
was the first principal at Grove High School, died Friday at his home in Waverly of a
cerebral hemorrhage. He was 90.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Waverly Methodist Church with burial
in Richlawn Cemetery.
Dr. Chappell was principal and coach at Grove from 1906 to 1908. He was ordained into the
ministry of the Methodist Church in 1908, and over the next 41 years held pastorates in
Washington, Memphis, Houston, Birmingham and Charlotte, North Carolina. He officially
retired in 1949 but filled numerous speaking engagements each year throughout the country.
Born at Flat Woods, Tennessee on January 8, 1882, he studied at Trinity (now Duke) and
Harvard Universities. He held doctoral degrees from Duke, Centenary College of Louisiana,
and Birmingham Southern College.
He was the author of some 35 religious books which were distributed throughout the world.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cecil Hart Chappell; two sons, Clovis G. Chappell, Jr. of
Midland, Texas and Dr. Robert H. Chappell of Texarkana, Arkansas, and seven grandchildren.