William R. Chandler10:25 am | March 22, 2013
William R. Chandler William “Peanut” Roger Chandler, 76, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Peanut was born in Erwin, Tenn., on June 29, 1936 to the late Guy Earl and Billie Euphma (Everett) Chandler. Peanut retired from Mor-Flo in the late 1990s after 32 years of service. He was a resident of Carter County and was of the Free Will Baptist faith. Peanut married the love of his life, Mary Jo Barker, on April 10, 1976, in Dillon, S.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Edwin Gale, Dudley C., Buddy “Possum,” and Jimmie Chandler, and a sister, Sara Lucille Chandler Arwood. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo; a son, Scotty Shane Burgess; two daughters, Rosa Marie (Larry) Marshall and Billie Eugina (Dick) Green; an aunt, Kate Edwards; a brother-in-law, Al Sturgeon; three sisters-in-law, Judy (Douglas) Thomas, Charlotte (Leon) Mann and Barbara Chandler; several nieces and nephews, including one special niece, Sally Chandler; special friends, Millie and John Pierce; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The funeral service for Mr. Chandler will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Randy Johnson and Rev. Mark Potter officiating. Music will be under the direction of Judy Thomas, soloist. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. The graveside service and interment will follow the funeral service in the Lakeview Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Leon Mann, Doug Thomas, Al Sturgeon, John Pierce, Dick Green and Larry Marshall. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Jaynes and Bill Harrell. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church, 1503 Riverview Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Chandler family. Office (423) 543-5544.