John Franklin Chandler, 93 of Franklin passed away at his home Saturday, July 10, 2021. John was born March 16, 1928, in Knox County, Tennessee to the late James Franklin Chandler and Geneva Bailey Chandler. John was an Army WWII Veteran and a member of the Shriner and Mason organization. John owned many businesses in his lifetime, Bell-A-Tron Phone Service, Seneca Phone Service, Chandler Shell and Mini Mart, and Chandler Contracting. John enjoyed horses, hunting and was an avid flyer. He loved flying his Beech Craft Duke. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Franklin.
John is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Lou Fishpaw Chandler; a son Jeffrey DeWayne Chandler, Sr. of Hinesville, Georgia; a daughter, Katheryn Yvonne Woodworth Chandler of Houston, Texas; a stepdaughter, Jo Anna Kay Watson of Franklin; and two stepsons, Robert Mark Watson of Lake Toxaway, NC and Terrance Andrew Watson of Highlands, NC; Thirteen grandchildren, Lesha Woodworth, Jamie Woodworth, Angie Watson, Ahngyl Chandler, John Chandler, II, Jeffrey Chandler, Jr., Johnathan Daniel Chandler, Jennifer Owens, Felicia Chandler, Laura Enlow; step-grandchildren, Heather Felder, Andrew Watson and Will Watson and twenty great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by a son, John Dolan Chandler, II; two brothers Melvin Eugene Chandler and James Clay Chandler.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30am, Friday, July 16, 2021, at the First Baptist Church, Franklin, NC with the Rev. Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. David Beam officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30am-11:30am prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Woodworth, Jeffrey Chandler, Jr., Trey Yendry, Charlie Watson, Chandler Watson and Cole Watson.
The family ask that memorial donations be made of choice to Shriners at 844-739-0849 or The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory will be serving the Chandler family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
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