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Hixson-Snider Funeral Home

205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy, LA

OBITUARY

Rev. James Harmon Chandler

August 2, 1945April 16, 2020
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Reverend James Harmon Chandler went to his eternal reward on April 16, 2020 at the age of 74. He was born on Thursday, August 2, 1945 to his late parents, Judson Harmon and Bertha Anne (Perry) Chandler.

In January of 1974, he married the love of his life, Nina Gwen Gay. They shared 37 years of loving marriage before she preceded him in death in October of 2011. Rev. Chandler was also preceded in death by his two older brothers, William Derrell Chandler and Marvin Marshall Chandler.

He is survived by two sons, Jason Chandler and wife Shiela of DeQuincy, Chris Chandler and wife Jennifer of Wichita, Kansas; one daughter, Melissa Snyder and husband Clint of DeQuincy; six grandchildren, Ashley, Leighana, Caden, Ian, William, and Anna; one sister, Elizabeth McQuiddy of Winnfield, LA; along with numerous family and friends.

Rev. Chandler joined the United States Navy in June 1964. He was given an honorable medical discharge approximately a month later. He began his career in 1966 or 1967 when he joined the Ouachita Parish Fire Department.

Rev. Chandler then heard the truth and saw his need for salvation. He repented of his sins, was baptized in Jesus' name, and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at Jordan Hill, LA. in June of 1967. After marriage, he attended church in West Monroe. While there, he went to Texas Bible College taught by his Pastor, Reverend Fred Foster. He also taught approximately thirty 3 year olds in Sunday School each Sunday.

In 1978, Rev. Chandler felt the call of God to pastor a home missions work in Great Bend, Kansas. He left his home, career, family, and friends to follow God's call. While in Great Bend, he worked for God and raised his family. Besides pastoring the First United Pentecostal Church of Great Bend, he also ministered at Larned Mental Health Correctional Facility on Saturdays and Barton County Correctional Facility on Sundays between services. He also worked building grain trailers and dry freight trailers for 18 wheelers for about 7 years. After that, he drove and performed maintenance for USD 428 school buses and vans for about 13 years.

His hobbies included gardening, hunting, and fishing when he could fit them in. In 2000, Rev. Chandler moved to Iola, Kansas to assist the work of God there. While there, he also worked as a custodian at Allen Community College. He fully retired back to Louisiana in 2010, moving to DeQuincy and attending Harvest Family Church in Fields. He became a resident at High Hope Care Center in Sulphur in 2015.

Rev. Chandler loved his pastor, Reverend Terry Lee and his church family. He also loved his grandchildren and enjoyed every visit. He will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Rev. Chandler's life will be held at a later date. Services have been entrusted to Jordan and Amanda Mothershed at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonsnider.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jason Chandler and wife Shiela, Son
  • Chris Chandler and wife Jennifer, Son
  • Melissa Snyder and husband Clint, Daughter
  • Ashley, Grandchild
  • Leighana, Grandchild
  • Caden, Grandchild
  • Ian, Grandchild
  • William, Grandchild
  • Anna, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth McQuiddy, Sister
  • Nina Gwen Gay, Wife (deceased)
  • Judson Harmon, Father (deceased)
  • Bertha Anne(Perry) Chandler, Mother (deceased)
  • WilliamDerrell Chandler, Brother (deceased)
  • Marvin Marshall Chandler, Brother (deceased)

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Services

  • Celebration of Life-- To be held at a later date

Memories

Rev. James Harmon Chandler

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Bertha Guyre

April 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Chandler when I worked at High Hope. He always had a smile on his face and always told me good morning and asked how I was doing. To the family of Mr. Chandler you are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.

Judy Fox

April 22, 2020

My sympathy to Jason, Chris and Melissa. I always enjoyed my visits with your parents - they were two of the kindest, gentlest people I've ever known. I'll keep you and your families in my prayers.
Judy Fox (2nd grade teacher for Jason and Chris)

Sharon Jenkins

April 21, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I really enjoyed working with him at USD 428. He was such a devoted family man. His stories were so interesting. I know he is so happy to be back with Nina. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless.
Sharon Jenkins

Anita Bolton

April 18, 2020

Dear Sis Melissa and family~
So sorry for your loss, Bro Chandler was such an inspiration to us all and we loved to hear him tell of his journeys in life. We are praying for your family~
A hero will be missed
Rev and Mrs Kelvin Bolton

Jill Hoffman

April 18, 2020

Jim was a good friend of mine when he worked out at Allen Community College. We shared bible verses and encouraged each other. I also enjoyed being a friend to Melissa. I missed you all when you moved to Louisiana.
God bless you all and be with you in this time of missing Jim. He is at home with God now and knows the perfect peace.

Rev and Sister Audie McCuistion

April 16, 2020

For several years we were section 4 neighbors (Liberal) in Western Kansas with Elder Chandler...Rubbed shoulders with him and his family many times at camp, district and sectional meetings. Pastor Chandler was a true christian. He's at peace with Jesus now. We send our condolences to all the family...and we have many fond memories.

Jerry Moon

April 16, 2020

To the family

So sorry to hear about your loss. I pastor in Borger Texas and Bro. Chandler preached for us when he come to Borger to visit the Prices. We enjoyed the time that we got to share with Bro and Sis Chandler. Our prayers are with you in this time of loss.

Jerry Moon

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