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Chapman-Black and Poteet Funeral Home has been serving Cleveland & Pawnee area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

Chapman-Black History

At Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Inc., we pride ourselves on providing quality products and dignified service at an affordable cost.

We understand that the emotional and financial burdens can be overwhelming, and our goal is to alleviate as much stress as possible during this time.

In 1920, a young man by the name of H. M. Chapman moved to Cleveland, Oklahoma. Accepting employment with the King Furniture and Undertaking Company (located where the Cleveland Tag Agency and Munding Insurance Agency are today), Mr. Chapman dedicated himself to providing compassionate and considerate funeral service. Shortly after his arrival in Cleveland he married Thelma Deuel, whose mother Zulu, operated the Merchant's Hotel.

They purchased the undertaking establishment from J. S. King in 1927, thus creating the Chapman Funeral Home. For the next three years, they operated the funeral home in a home near the First Baptist Church at 110 South Dunlap. In 1930, the Chapman Funeral Home was moved to the Dr. E. T. Robinson building at 110 North Broadway. Located in this building for nearly twelve years, they purchased and moved to the Meyer and Wise buildings (100 South Broadway) in 1942. Hugh and Thelma raised all four of their children: Betty, Billie, Frank and H. M., II in Cleveland.

Upon graduation from the Chicago School of Embalming and his return from World War II, they hired Merle L. Black, "Blackie" as funeral director and embalmer. Merle had married their youngest daughter, Billie Lou Chapman in 1942. On May 28, 1949, the Chapman Funeral Home was relocated to its current location at 108 West Delaware with an open house to dedicate their new facility. During the next thirteen years, Hugh and Thelma with the assistance of Blackie and Billie, operated the funeral home and Cleveland's ambulance service. Accustomed to working side by side with his wife, Mr. Chapman retired in 1962 after the death of Thelma, selling the funeral home to Merle and Billie Black.

The Black's continued to operate the family-owned business for over thirty-three years. The name was changed to Chapman-Black Funeral Home in 1965 at which time the city took over the ambulance service. In 1980 their youngest son, Gene, a ten year Navy veteran began the third generation of the family in funeral service.

In 1996, a full-service floral shop, Chapman-Black Floral Designs was added to extend our services to more fully meet the needs of our families.

Poteet History

Since 1921, Poteet Funeral Home has been serving the Pawnee area with compassion and respect. Our deep roots in the community are a source of pride, as we grow side by side with the families we serve.

On January 1, 2015 our ownership changed as Don and Rheadon Poteet have retired and the funeral home is now under the ownership of Poteet Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.; principals are Brian Torres and Gene Black, both associated with the Chapman-Black Funeral Home in Cleveland. The history of the two Pawnee County Funeral Homes are nearly a mirror image as each was started in the early 1920's by grandparents of Don Poteet and Gene Black, respectively and have continued under family ownership for over ninety years.

We hope you will consider us your source for compassionate care and exemplary service. Our pledge is to help you honor your loved one in a meaningful way, offering thoughtful guidance and personal attention to every detail.

Chapman-Black Funeral Home | (800) 252-4507
108 West Delaware Street, Cleveland, OK

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Poteet Funeral Home | (918) 762-2557
600 Illinois Street, Pawnee, OK

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