(From the obituary):
Dr. Lafayette Fernandez Chaney, Sr. was born on March 27, 1917, the second child of three children born to Adell and Tom W. Chaney of Waco, Texas.
He was educated in the public schools of Waco and La Vega Independent School Districts. He graduated from Moore High School in Waco. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity Degrees from Paul Quinn College. He received his Master of Arts Degree from Texas Southern University and furthered his studies in the doctoral program at Baylor University. He received his doctoral degree in Higher Education from Texas Southern University.
He taught mathematics and science at his former High School for twelve years and was principal of Oakwood Elementary School in Waco for eleven years. He also taught mathematics and psychology at Waltrip Senior High School in Houston. During the same period he was an adjunct professor of mathematics and psychology at Houston Community College.
Dr. Chaney’s professional membership and honors include: Past President of Waco Classroom Teachers Association, Waco Administrators Association and the Central Texas District Teachers Association. In 1965 he was nominated for “Who’s Who” among professional men in Texas. He was a member of the American Association of University Professors, Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternities.
Dr. Chaney pastored the following churches: Little Tehuacana Baptist Church, Waco; Sweethome Baptist Church, Mexia, Texas; First Baptist Church, Thornton, Texas; Second Baptist Church, Itasca, Texas; Shiloh Baptist Church, Madisonville, Texas; and served as Senior Pastor at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas for over 50 years. The complete funeral program may be viewed by clicking the link below: