Wayland Dedicates New Carillon Bells
October 18, 2018
PLAINVIEW – At noon on Wednesday, the Wayland Baptist University campus was blanketed with the sound of the carillon bells once again ringing out. Positioned on the top of the university’s library, the bells are capable of chiming on the hour, as well as playing songs as programmed. Unlike the previous carillon, the new bells also act as an early warning and alert system for the campus. The new carillon system was made possible by Belinda Chapman, of Spade, who donated to the university in memory of her late son, Kassidy.
Belinda was a single mother who devoted her life to her son. Kassidy Chapman died unexpectedly in 2010 at the age of 22, leaving behind two young sons of his own. Always willing and eager to work hard, Belinda said Kassidy was an inspiration to others.
“It didn’t matter if it was small kids, older ladies, animals, whatever,” she said. “Kassidy had a love for everybody and everybody had a love for him.”
Belinda said Kassidy was always willing to help out at school when younger children were having difficulties adjusting to what was expected of them at school. When it came to graduation, Kassidy was among the last class to graduate from Spade High School. But when graduation day came around, he didn’t want the ceremony to focus on the current class. He suggested that the school honor a veteran who had served time as a prisoner of war and was disabled due to the sacrifices he made in combat. The veteran had never graduated due to his service and Kassidy suggested that he graduate along with the seniors.
“Kassidy said that was the way to go out,” Belinda said. “He said he had never seen any person so thrilled and so honored to have young people honoring him for his service in the military.”
Kassidy worked hard at everything he did. He raised cattle and owned his own land. He had a landscape business and Belinda said that when he didn’t have anything to do, he would ask area farmers if they needed help with anything.
“He was a bit of a workaholic,” she said. “He wasn’t happy unless he was doing something with his hands.”
Belinda donated the carillon to the university as a way to memorialize her son.
“It was his time and I am just thankful for the 22 years I had,” Belinda said. “Every time those bells ring, Kassidy is talking. He will be a part of this college, and he will be an inspiration to everyone.”