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May 31, 1955

Chapman Utley, 54 of 430 Glover street, Portsmouth, Ohio, a widely known musician and a native of Mt. Vernon, died last week in Portsmouth General Hospital.  He suffered a heart attack and died the following day.


Requiem High Mass was conducted Saturday morning at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church preceding burial in Greenlawn cemetery there.


Miss Bessie Barton, of 1919 B First Avenue, Evansville, a long time friend of the Utley family and a former Mt. Vernon resident, attended the service.


The deceased was the son of Noble Utley, a Mt. Vernon barbershop owner and owner-operator of the Pocket Hotel for many years, and Ethel Cartwright Utley, owner of a variety store and millinery shop in Mt. Vernon.  Both are deceased.


The late deceased attended grade and high school in Mt. Vernon and Cincinnati College of Music.  He had resided in Portsmouth for the last 30 years and was a trumpeter and pianist with a number of name bands.  He was pianist of Portsmouth lodge, No. 567, F. O. E.


Surviving are the wife, nee Almena Griebel, whom he married in Newport, Ky in 1924, a son Chapman David Utley at home, and a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Ann Costella, Lake White, Ohio.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers