Tommy L. Chalk, Sr. was born on April 26, 1940, in Big Sandy, Texas. His parents, Betty Mitchell and Leroy Chalk, Sr., were given charge over seven other children as well.
Superintendent Chalk attended public school in Big Sandy. In 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country until he was honorably discharged. In 1963, he married the lovely Miss Mattie P. Hicks. They had the joy of raising nine children in their home in Garland, Texas.
One of the greatest events to occur in his life happened in 1971. As he was driving a truck for Beacon late one Saturday night, he heard God say to him that it was time to stop running and give his life to Christ. He woke up the next Sunday morning determined to get to the house of God so that he could do as God said, but he lay in bed debating within himself that morning. When his wife, Mattie Chalk, asked if he was going to church, he said, “No”. He arose the next Monday morning to again go back to driving trucks. But, God was dealing with his heart that entire week, so much so that he went and parked the truck and went back home that Saturday night. This time when he arose on Sunday morning, he was up before anybody in the house and was eager to go to the house of God. It was that Sunday morning in 1971 when he received the gift of salvation under the leadership of Elder Alvin Reeves, Jr. at Greater Davis Chapel C.O.G.I.C. Elder Chalk acknowledged his call to the ministry in 1975. He served faithfully under the leadership of Elder L. Whitley, Sr. at Victory Temple C.O.G.I.C and at Power House C.O.G.I.C. In 1992, Elder Tommy L. Chalk, Sr. was again able to work close with Pastor Elder Alvin Reeves, Jr. at Greater Davis Chapel C.O.G.I.C. and, in November 1997, Bishop J. N. Haynes appointed Elder Chalk as pastor of Greater Davis Chapel C.O.G.I.C. After being appointed as pastor, Elder Chalk continued to work as diligently as ever. In March 2008, Pastor Chalk, after much prayer, moved Greater Davis Chapel from 821 E. Miller Rd. to 716 Chandler Dr. so that God's people could have a larger place to fellowship. In 2017, Elder Chalk was appointed Superintendent of the Waxahachie Star District under the leadership of Bishop Don V. Nobles of Lone Star Jurisdiction. Superintendent Chalk served faithfully in this role until his transition. He was a spiritual father to many all over the world.
He will be remembered for his fiery teaching and stern messages. Most fondly, he will be remembered for his unwavering faith; through many trials and hardships, he would often be heard saying, “My trust is not in man, but my trust is in God!”
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Mitchell, father, Leroy Chalk, Sr.; and daughter, Delores Ann Brown. Those left to cherish precious memories and continue his legacy of love include the love of his life, Mattie P. Chalk; eight children: Tommy Chalk, Jr., Debbie Crooms, Sheryel Hill, Lanna Chalk, Gary Daniels, Bobby Chalk, Darren Chalk, and Debbie Chalk; five sisters: Odell Curry (Claudell), Margie Stokes (James), Evelyn Chalk, Brenda Gordon (Gary), and Barbara Draper (Michael); two brothers, Leroy Chalk, Jr. and Dwayne Chalk; 17 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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