Polly (Nettie Sue) Chappelle, 59, a Washington resident for 36 years who was active in volunteer work and in numerous Baptist Church groups, died of cancer Wednesday at her Washington home.

Mrs. Chappelle was born in Person County, N.C. After moving here in 1944, she worked as a volunteer for the March of Dimes, the Lighthouse for the Blind and the American Heart Association. She also visited shut-ins and hospital patients.

She was a member of the True Gospel Baptist Church here and its missionary society, prayer band and senior choir and Sunday School. She belonged to numerous church clubs, including the pastor's aide, senior usher, flower, honor roll, new members and book clubs. She was named Mother of the Year by the church in 1975.

Survivors include her husband, Joel P., three daughters, Arletha C. Green, Jacquelyn Davis and Deborah Chappelle, and four sons, Joel Jr., Emanuel, Barry M., and Timothy Chappelle, all of Washington; another son, William R. Beasley of Newark, N.J.; five sisters, Hazel Long and Thelma Wyatt, both of Washington, Connie Fuller and Sudie Snites, both of Hurdle Mills, N.C., and Lois Wallace of Greensboro, N.C.; four brothers, Robert A., the Rev. Harvey L., and Cornell Beasley, all of Washington, and Lacy B. Beasley of Hurdle Mills, and 14 grandchildren.