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Charles W. Chandler

“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 3 ½ 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 Unicoi County Highway Department.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Charles Chandler, through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.