Christopher David Mapes

May 6, 1989 - November 25, 2011

05/06/1989 - 11/25/2011

Past Services

Tuesday November 29, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday November 30, 2011
1:00 pm

Wednesday November 30, 2011
1:45 pm
Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA

Christopher D. Mapes

Chesapeake- Christopher David Mapes, 22, died November 25, 2011. Christopher was born in Chesapeake to David L. Mapes and Deborah Jean Upchurch. He was a Star Scout in troop 836, had wrestled at Oscar Smith Middle School and played soccer with the South Norfolk Recreation League. He was predeceased by his grandfather David Mapes.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, David L. Mapes and wife Rachel and Deborah Upchurch of Chesapeake; sister, Brandi Nicole Mapes of Chesapeake; fiancé Alaina Mullinax and her daughter, Brianna of Chesapeake; paternal grandmother, Donna Mapes of Chesapeake; maternal grandparents, Carl and Betty McNail of Chesapeake; aunts and uncles, Donna, Burt and Tina Harrison, Deborah Warren, Danny and Susan Mapes, Darlene Whitesell and fiancé Will, and Diana Thomas and fiancé Harvey; very special cousin, Mike Thomas; best friend, Lance Louvette; and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 Battlefield Blvd., South, Chesapeake, VA on Tuesday from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Chris Bowen officiating. Burial will follow at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Kenneth C Ferrell Sr and family _
8 years ago

/God be with your whole family during your time of loss.

Monica Davis
8 years ago

Brandi & Family-

I am truly sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joe McLaughlin IV
8 years ago

Chris was a Great Guy, sad he had to leave so early. I’m sorry. I will be praying for peace and strength for you guys.

Cortney Winstead
8 years ago

Chris was a great guy. He has so many people in his life that love him so much. Its horrible that this happened to him but God needed an angel and I know he’s looking down on everyone smiling. You may be gone but never forgotten.

Kathryne Hawryluk
8 years ago


You and I shared a lot of good times over the 2 years we were together. You were not only a wonderful person, but a wonderful partner. Too bad things didn’t work out, but it was for the better. I loved you with all my heart and I am sorry this had to happen to you. God needed an angel and you are up there looking down on all of us.

My condolences to your family. They will always be in my prayers.


Tina Harrison
8 years ago


We will always love you and miss you sorely! you were a light that shown bright in our family!

Lesley Kuhlman
8 years ago

Chris, this happened too soon man. I cannot believe you are gone. You were such a great friend to have, and I feel blessed to have been able to have you in my life. You were always one to brighten any room! I specifically remember summer 2008, when Kevin, Lance, you and I were always up to no good ; We had a great time that summer, and I wish the times together didnt have to end. To know that fate truely played the biggest role in your passing, is not so much a relief to my sorrow. If anything, its more so puzzling. Why you and why now? I will work to try and understand the meaning and reasoning behind why you left us at 22 years old. It is my belief, that some just are meant to touch those around them and leave them forever changed. When theyve played their role in the lives of those on fate’s list, they’ve fulfilled their earthly agenda and can go on to bigger and better things. I know you are out there, miserable because of the widespread sadness that has come of your leaving. Please speak to those who need to feel your presence and comfort. Understand, that no one mourns the same and you may be frustrated by the way some are going through the motions, but they just can’t help themselves. Give us strength, guidance and love, and pop the occasional random memory into the heads of those in a rough moment. I feel so deeply for your family, and I can only hope that they get through this. You have left a hole, where there was once an impression, in the hearts of many. Know that hole will never be filled, will always hurt and will never be forgotten. I can imagine that the state of things now, doesnt please you, but you cant change anything just as much as we cant. Just rejoice in the history of the full life you lived and the love shared between many. Try to help those you can touch from the beyond, and understand there will be some who will feel you and they will appreciate it greatly. I can almost see Kevin’s face as he met you once again friday. I can comfort myself some by knowing you two are together. Its my silver lining on the dark cloud above me. Use your combined stregth and love to get Lance through this. He needs you guys more than ever. And I don’t blame him, losing your two best friends in the same year seven months and four days apart is unspeakable, and hes living it. I could go on to say everyone else who is miserable, but I will run out of space in my “condolence” box. Christopher, you are loved and missed deeply. You were a wonderful presence on many occasions and Im so grateful for the dozens of times we spent together! I hope not to see you too soon, but til then you are never forgotten and always loved. Rest in peace my friend.

Valerie Sikonia
8 years ago

Chris, You were such a fine young man very loving and caring and A True Friend to Kevin. I’m so sorry that your life has ended so suddenly. Your big smile and gentle words helped me & my family through such a hard time and now your family is going through the same. You touched us all and left a big impression! I wish you could have had a fuller life then you had i know you were planning to marry and have a family of your own, but in your short time you had a great effect on all of us! Thanks for being such a great man. We all love you and will miss you forever, please keep watch over us all!

Debbie Combs & Shawn O'Hagan
8 years ago

Dave & Family

We are truely sorry for your loss. Please know your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff & Holly Rowland
8 years ago

Dave & Family,

We want to express our most heartfelt condolences in the passing of Chris. We will always remember his smile & energy. Our prayer is that God’s peace & comfort sustain & carry you through this valley. If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

With Heavy Hearts,

Holly & Jeff

Rebecca Gregory
8 years ago

Dave and Loving Family and Friends, It is with the greatest of sorrows that Christopher was taken from you all. But I believe that he is now watching over all whom loved/loves him and I believe he has a message for each. I believe he would say, even though my life has come to a sudden ending, I still want you to know my love still pervades all restrictions,and I would want you to not forget me, but live all your lives successfully. Keep me in mind and know that my time was short,22 years, but now I live my life thru you all. I love you with all my heart.

Richard & Michelle Bruce
8 years ago

David & Mapes Family our heart’s are full of sadness for you on this day, may God Bless you All! If there is “Anything” we can do, please let us know!Love and Prayers go out to yall!

Gene Wiggs and Family
8 years ago

David and Family,

Our hearts and prayer are filled with you today on this sad day. Another member of the family gone to soon. But will be look upon us from the great heavens above.

God Bless,

With Love

Gene,Bobby and Ada

Luke & Missy Sutton
8 years ago

David,Brandi & Family,

We are just heartbroken over the loss of Chris, there are just no words to express the sadness or ease the pain you are feeling. Just know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. We will always remember Chris & his smile, he always made us laugh everytime we saw him. May you take comfort in the good memories, those memories will get you through the long days ahead.

Linda Marie Rose
8 years ago

Dear Donna and family, So sorry to hear about your loss. I know first hand how it feels to lose someone you love and at a young age. We don’t understand why some things happen , we can only trust that God has a plan…and His plan is the best. Thanks to Jesus we all have a way of being together again. I guess you might say that this life is not the end, only a transformation to the new one – The eternal one. May God give you strength and his unfailing peace and love at this time. You are in my prayers and in my heart. Love to all. Linda

8 years ago

Dear Family

Please accept our condolences on this tragic event.

Chris was such a nice young man and great neighbor kid.

It makes as even sadder to see him go without really having

lived the life he deserved. We know he is in a better place now

but we will still miss him.

If there is anything we can do to help please just let us know.

Adolf and Silke Satzinger

8 years ago


8 years ago

Hey buddy your my best friend you will always be there looking down and now I’m sure your not hurting no more. Your smile I will always have in my heart i know I didn’t make the service but I will always have you in my heart. Ps I know you can see virginia Ann up there now ill see you up there when it’s my time love you always Garnie<3

michelle thompson
8 years ago

Hi i did not know him personally but i know alot of people that did and my nephew bradly thomas is his cousin by marriage. Your family is in my prayers. He was an awesome person and will be missed dearly. Rip chris mapes. Much love!

Mary Trafton
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Henry Lee
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ramona Robins
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know my son has lost a great friend.

Earlene Reed
8 years ago

I am so very sorry for your loss, my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. God Bless.

Theresa Alderman Williams
8 years ago

I am so very sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers.

Allyson Mapes
8 years ago

I still remeber the day you left my house. the day it all happend. Im glad you stayed the night, me micheal, dj and my friends didnt understand how much we valued your jokes and nonsense on thanksgiving. Im blessed i was able to say goodbye on nov 25 when you left my house. But i would have never let you leave if i would had known

Bill Moxley & Family
8 years ago

It is very hard to try and find any words that would bring comfort to a family that has been rocked by the lose of a member so young. Even so; I know that we will all see Chris again someday. God Bless and keep you all, and know that you are in our prayers.

Van Fisher
8 years ago

My prayers goes out to the family in this time of need stay focused and remenber all the great thoughts of this young man

Lauren Newman
8 years ago

NO words can express how your family must be feeling. I only pray that you will all pull together and be strong for one another in this time of sadness. We will pray for you all….Lauren and Cody

8 years ago

Please know that our hearts go out to all of you and we are so sorry for your lost.Praying that God will shelter you all in the coming days and grace you with His peace and comfort. Love, Janice and family

Ernie and Wanda Pilley
8 years ago

So sorry for your families great loss.I’m at a loss for words,but if you ever need us please let us know.You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love Ernie and Wanda

Rodger Newell
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss your friend Rodger

nancy mapes watson
8 years ago

sorry for your loss u r in our thought and prayers love yall guys

LaVerne Weaver
8 years ago

The Mapes Family:

Your in our thoughts and prayers..

The Weaver Family: LaVerne & Aaron Weaver

Rhonda smith
8 years ago

To you Dave and family, I send all my love and keep you all in my prayers. Chris was very out going and always trying to make ya smile! I will always remember that about him! God bless you Dave you are the Best Dad!!! Rhonda

Lisa & Andrew Ebner
8 years ago

We are so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express enough in a time like this. But please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Candace Baker Candace Carroll
8 years ago

Went to intermediate and high school with Chris, my condolences to the family.

Stephanie Nicholas
8 years ago

When I heard I just couldn’t believe it. I am so truley sorry. I wish I could be there but just know I will have everyone in my thoughts.