He was born on March 28, 1941 in Charleston, SC, a son of the late Cornelius Monroe Chandler and Bennie Mae Harris. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David B. Chandler and wife Judy; and sister-in-law, Clara Chandler.
Don was a loving father, brother and son. He was a corporate pilot and flew both fixed wing aircraft as well as helicopters. He enjoyed boating on Watauga Lake, riding motorcycles and his red Corvette. Don loved his Shih Tzu companions he had throughout his life, Tai Pan, Topaz, TJ and Suki.
He is survived by his son, Donald “Donnie” Chandler, Jr. and wife Kim; grandchildren, Kaylee Chandler and Blakely Chandler; brother, C.M. “Junior” Chandler; nieces and nephews, Bob Chandler and wife Sherri; Julie Dean and husband Ken; Robin Chandler and wife Debbie; and Gary Chandler and wife Charlene; and many cousins.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Glaucoma Foundation, 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700, New York, NY 10038, or to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mr. Chandler and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.