Ollie Edward Chandler, 84, of Cabot went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. He was born September 9, 1928 in Rector, Ark. He married in 1945 to Maxine Mathers and soon after moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they made their home and had four wonderful sons. While there he worked for the University of Michigan and Oran Troop Inc. as a contracted U.S. postal carrier. Although he enjoyed living in Michigan, he moved his family back to Arkansas in the 1970s. He worked as a factory worker, business owner, law enforcement officer, and served as the Mayor and Fire Chief in Pollard, Ark. Ed and Maxine moved to Cabot in the 1990s and enjoyed working many years for Cabot Star-Herald and Ron Campbell Ford. Ed never stopped working after his retirement mowing lawns and other odd jobs even up until he was hospitalized. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1961 in Ann Arbor, MI. He was of the southern Baptist faith and member of Briarwood Baptist Church in Cabot, Ark. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Beebe Masonic Lodge 145 in Beebe, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel L Chandler of Rector; mother, Ira J Dale-Chandler of Rector; sister, Jean Chandler McClain of Karnack, Ill; granddaughter, Mary Rebecca Chandler of Cabot and two great-grandsons, Orin Lee Frazee and John Franklin Frazee of Pollard. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife Maxine Chandler; four sons, Sam Chandler of Cabot; Tom Chandler of Cabot; Jimmy Rae Chandler of Pollard; and Timothy Chandler of Cabot; nine grandchildren, Joey Chandler, Carla Spears, David Chandler, and Chris Chandler of Cabot; Melinda Dees, Jerry Ermert, and Robert Chandler of Pollard, Kelley Barker of Houston, TX and Jeff Chandler of Pflugerville, TX; 23 great-grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.
Visitation and a short service was held at Briarwood Baptist Church, 1872 Willie Ray Drive, Cabot, Ark on Aug. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. A second visitation was held at New Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 62, Pollard, Ark on Friday, Aug. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.