Lost Bible has personal significance for owner

by Lindy Oller

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Ella Chapman, right, with her son Dakota Pippins and daughter Breana Meredith are searching for Chapman’s Bible, which was lost in Newnan Tuesday. 


Mementos are precious items containing memories that last a lifetime. But for Ella Chapman, one of her most valuable items is missing.

This week, Chapman lost her personal Bible that she carries with her in her wheelchair. She was on her way home from Charter Bank on Salbide Avenue in Newnan Tuesday between 5-6:15 p.m. with her partner, Derrick Pippins. They had been to the bank to get a cashier’s check so they can move to an apartment.

Chapman stuck the check into the Bible, which also contains baby pictures of her children, pressed flowers and other mementos. Chapman was in her motorized wheelchair, and Pippins was on foot. Before they got back to their Farmer Street home, her Bible fell out of the wheelchair.

Though Pippins and a friend retraced their route, the Bible has not been found. This is a heartbreaking time for her and her family.

Chapman has been in a wheelchair since 2009. She also suffers from Crohn’s disease, a condition she has been battling since 1999. Her condition affects her intestines. She has been unable to find a way to treat this disease. Currently, she takes medications to combat the symptoms.

She moved to Georgia in hopes of finding a clinical study for a stem cell transplant because of a person she had heard about who has been without Crohn’s disease symptoms for nine years as a result of a stem cell transplant. Chapman remains hopeful about the same result happening for her.

“My Bible contains everything I have that means the most to me,” said Chapman. She received her Bible from the nurse, who adopted two of Chapman’s children. The two youngsters had a rare disease that made it impossible for her to adequately care for them.

Chapman sees the Bible as something that connects her with those children.

The Bible that belongs to Chapman is black leather with blue flowers along with a pocket in the front with “Ella Meredith” in silver writing in the right hand corner. The word “faith” is written on a metal plate on her Bible. Inside the Bible, there is a newspaper clipping of an obituary for Mrs. Opal Larson.

While she has some concerns about the check, it is useless to anyone except the Newnan Housing Authority. The Bible itself means more. “It’s gotten me through a lot of hard times,” Chapman said.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Chapman’s Bible, call 678-457-3552.



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