Willie Chandler, Jr.

Obituary of Willie James Chandler, Jr.

Willie James Chandler, Jr. was born November 6, 1949 to Willie Chandler and Mary Elizabeth Langhorne Chandler in Harlem, New York. At a young age, Willie, his parents,and siblings moved to Cumberland, Virginia. He received his education from Luther P. Jackson School. He also joined Rocky Mount Baptist Church, where his membership remained. After school Willie moved to Riverhead, Long Island, NY where he was employed at a duck processing plant. He later moved on to work at the Grumman Aircraft Facility. In 1973, the Lord blessed Willie with his first born. A beautiful baby girl, Vera "Angel" Chandler. In 1978, Willie met and married Claudia Childress Butler and from this union one child was born. The family then relocated back to Cumberland. Willie, known as "Chandler" or "June", gained employment with the Powhatan County Public Schools. Willie worked hard at his job as a custodian and always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed fishing, watching westerns, playing pool, telling jokes and working in the yard. Willie departed this life on Friday, June 17, 2022 at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, VA. He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; granddaughter, Omynee Liggins; sisters, Vera, Sheron and Donna; brothers, Darrell, Frank, James and Floyd; and step-father, Douglas Johnson. He will be truly missed by: his children, Vera Chandler, Tameka Liggins (Omar), Dallas Johnson (Denise), Claudia Torres (Wilfredo), Dorothy Wright, Cora Sargent (Malcolm) and Candy Dozier (Robert); twenty two grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Barbara Johnson (Herman), Faith Dowdy and one devoted, Mary Johnson; two brothers, Stanley Johnson and Robert Johnson (Jessie); one aunt, Lorraine Faye; five sisters-in-law, Doris Trent, Melanie Carter, Aurora Robertson, Shirley Johnson and Cornelius Childress along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, one devoted, Frank Brown and Thomas Carter. "I Made it Home" I just wanted to let you know that I made it home. The journey wasn't an easy one, but it didn't take too long. Everything is pretty here, so white, so fresh and new. I wish that you all could close your eyes and that you could see it too. Please try not to be sad for me, T ry to understand God is taking care of me.... I'm in the shelter of His hands. Here there is no sadness, no sorrow and no pain. Here there is no crying and I'll never hurt again. Here it is so peaceful when all the angels sing. I really have to go for now... I've just got my wings. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to everyone for their many calls, texts, visits, cards and prayers during our time of bereavement. May God bless you and His love be yours to share.
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Friday
1
July

Visitation at Funeral Home

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, July 1, 2022
Marian Gray Thomas Funeral Home
64 Cartersville Road
Cumberland, Virginia, United States
Saturday
2
July

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Rocky Mount Baptist Church Pavilion
919 Stoney Point Road
Cumberland, Virginia, United States

Final Resting Place

Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery
919 Stoney Point Road
Cumberland, Virginia, United States
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