Hazel James (Chat) Chatmon, a native of Selma, and longtime resident of Mobile, AL, was born March 10, 1946 and departed this life Monday, July 8, 2019. Chat was a proud member of the Historic R.B. Hudson High School Class of 1965, and an Alabama State University graduate. He served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. As an inspired member of the Selma Foot Soldiers, Chat devoted most of his adult life to his work as a civil rights activist, which led to his receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. Tirelessly advocating on behalf of the oppressed, disenfranchised, and the forgotten man without a voice. He was a man of strong faith, who led by example, always striving to ensure that he practiced what he preached. He was a founding member of the New Lyons Park Tennis Association and a supporter of youth tennis in the greater Mobile area until his death.
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He was preceded in death by his mother, Dora Chatmon and his parents, Alonzo and Ella Chatmon.
He leaves behind his beloved family; devoted wife of 15 years, Darlene Davis Chatmon; four sons: Alonzo, Christopher, Courtney (Tierra), and Joseph Chatmon; one daughter, Tonya Irons; one sister, Dorothy Chatmon; five grandchildren: Alonzo (Jasmine) Powell, Samara (Abraham) Kinlow, India Irons, and Atiyeh and Alonzo Chatmon; four great grandsons; one niece, Lydia Chatmon; one goddaughter, Tiara McCants; and a host of relatives and friends.
His remains will lie in state at Small’s Mortuary Sunday, July 14th from 1-5p.m. Funeral services are Monday, July 15th at 11:00 am at the Friendship Baptist 2667 Reaves St in Crichton.