Thursday, September 15, 1927 - Friday, July 28, 2017
Mr. Horace Leonard Chandler, age 89, went home to be with the Lord on July 28th, 2017. He was born on September 15th, 1927 in Hartford, Alabama, the son of the late Randall and Floyd Myrtle Chandler. He attended the public schools of Geneva County, Alabama graduating from Geneva County High School in 1945. He dedicated his life to the building of God’s Kingdom on this earth and leading many to faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. He was a member of the Hartford Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church and Memphis Baptist Church. He served the church in many ways including Minister of Music, Youth Minister, Deacon, Royal Ambassadors Director and Sunday School Teacher. As a result of his generous spirit and pleasant personality, he was loved by many including the many, many youth who he led to Christ. He was united in holy matrimony to Mary Charles Howell, the daughter of Ernest and Nell Howell, on September 18th, 1948 in Donalsonville, Georgia. This union was blessed with two daughters – Susan and Marsha. Mrs. Chandler preceded him in death on July 27th, 2013. Mr. Chandler worked for many years for the U.S. Department of the Army in the field of data processing and information management at Fort Rucker, Alabama and Fort Stewart, Georgia. He retired with honor as a senior civil servant and the Director of Information Management at Fort Rucker, Alabama. After retirement, Mr. Chandler tried his hand at farming in the Hartford, Alabama area for several years. After his final retirement, he dedicated the remainder of his life to his wife, his children, and his youth and to the church. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Grace Brown, Joy Straughn, Juanita Batchelor and Ann Wells and brothers, David Chandler, Huey Chandler and Dewey Chandler and his beloved grandson, Shane Stading. His incredible life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children, Susan Foster and her husband Don Wilson; Marsha Eggers and her husband Bill; grandchildren Scott Shirley and his wife Celeste, Katie Rebideaux and her husband Joe; great granddaughter Kayla Shirley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Special appreciation and love to niece Diane B. Sanders and husband Roger who was always there for him in his time of illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Hartford Baptist Church with Reverend Bruce Spivey and Reverend Jason Enfinger officiating and Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory directing. Interment will follow in the Hartford City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Retirement Village in honor of the staff, caretakers and residents who have been such an integral part of his life over the last year.