“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 kjv
Charles W. Chandler, age 63, of 117 Tilson Mountain Road, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, after a courageous 3½ year battle with cancer, with loving family surrounding him.
He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of Denny and Ethel Tilson Chandler. Mr. Chandler was a mechanic with the Unicoi County Highway Department for thirty eight years. He was a member of Coffee Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
Charles enjoyed time with his grandchildren, dogs and was an avid outdoorsman.
Mr. Chandler was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Frank and Matilda Tilson and Ezra and Nora Chandler.
In addition to his parents, Charles is survived by: Wife of 41 years: Patsy Keasling Chandler, of Erwin; Son: Shannon Chandler and wife, Andrea, of Erwin; Daughter: Rachel Bennett and husband, Jimmy, of Jonesborough; Grandchildren: Chandler and Isabella Bennett, of Jonesborough, Matthew and Chance Chandler, of Erwin; Aunts: Peggy Simmons and husband, Joe, of Hendersonville, NC, Pauline Tilson, of Erwin; Uncles: Gary Chandler and wife, Betty, of Erwin, Mac Chandler, of Elizabethton; Sisters-in-law: Roxanna Rogers and husband, J.B., of Limestone, Barbara Gray and husband, Kenneth, of Jonesborough, Janie Plemmons and husband, Eddie, of Unicoi; Brothers-in-law: Reverend Jerry Keasling and wife, Pansy, of Erwin, John Keasling and wife, Cindy, of Erwin; Several Nieces and Nephews.
The life of Charles W. Chandler will be remembered and honored in a funeral service to be at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Coffee Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Homer Tweed and Reverend JD Deaton will officiate. Vocal selections will be provided by the Coffee Ridge Choir and Alan Morefield.
A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Coffee Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and other times at the home, 117 Tilson Mountain Road, Erwin, TN 37650.
A committal service will be held on Saturday following the funeral service at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Clear Branch Community. Active pallbearers will be Roger Gaddy, Jason Chandler, Steve Shealy, Scott McInturff, Randy Silvers, and Sam Vance. Honorary pallbearers will be Chandler Bennett, Matthew Chandler, Chance Chandler, Joe Simmons and the men of the Unicoi County Highway Department.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net.
These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Charles Chandler through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin. 743-9187