William Irvine "Bill" Chandler, age 94, of Palestine, went to his eternal reward with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, the 30th of May, 2017 at Cartmell Home for the Aged. He was born the 21st day of August, 1922 in Prairieville, Texas to Leslie Carman Chandler and Gusta Amelia (Gunderson) Chandler. Bill, Irvine as his family called him, was the fourth child of ten children for the Chandler's. He was raised most of his life in Van Zandt County. After Irvine graduated from Mabank High School, he joined the Army-Air Corp. and was stationed numerous places as a recruiting officer. He met and married Alene Delores Stacy in 1946 while serving in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were blessed with two daughters, Lorelee and Raeia. On release from the service, Irvine enrolled in Tyler School of Business in Tyler, Texas. After he finished his studies, the business school hired him to recruit students. He continued to be their recruiter for many years. Eventually, he was promoted to director of Rutherford Metropolitan School of Business in Dallas, then at Commercial College of Fort Worth and Commercial College of Abilene where he also served as Dean of students. Irvine was a faithful servant of God and while working, he was teaching and preaching at all the churches he attended. In 1996, Irvine and Alene followed his daughter, Lorelee, to Palestine where he began preaching full time at Grapeland Church of Christ. After the death of Alene in 2004, he preached for the Alto Church of Christ where he met Elizabeth Hearne. They married in 2008. At the time of his death, Irvine was a member of the Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine.
Irvine was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Carman and Gusta Amelia Chandler; wife of 58 years, Alene; second wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Raeia Jean Hinson; brothers, Carman, Leslie, Ansel and Stafford.
Irvine is survived by a daughter, Lorelee Reeder of Palestine; brothers, James Chandler of De Soto, TX, Clifton Chandler of Midlothian, TX and Gene Chandler of Tyler, TX; sisters, Nellie Thomas of Mabank, TX and Melba Roberts of Canton, TX; grandchildren, Kelly and Kim Collins of Lewisville, Texas, Angela and Kevin Jackson of Dallas, Texas and David Goodman of Arlington, Texas; four great grandchildren, Will Collins, Alison Collins, Emma Collins and Adam Jackson.
Friends are cordially invited to greet the family and share memories of Irvine from nine o'clock until ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 3rd of June at Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine. A funeral service and celebration of Irvine's life will commence at ten o'clock following the visitation with Dan Manuel and Dale Sparks officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon at Cana Cemetery in Canton, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Don Cunningham, Russell Roberts, Brady Roberts, Dennis Thomas, Leslie Thomas, Bobby Chandler, Kenneth Chandler and Dwight Franklin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Deacons of the Crockett Road Church of Christ.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Cartmell Home Unit Two staff for the kind and compassionate care they provided Irvine during his final days on Earth.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family request with gratitude that memorial contributions are directed to the Crockett Road Church of Christ for the Give Me the Bible Television Program, 1717 Crockett Road, Palestine, Texas 75801.
Funeral arrangements are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Hwy 19, Palestine, Texas. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book, go to www.rhonefuneralhome.com.
Published on June 1, 2017