Dr. Charles R. Chandler

December 10, 1932April 26, 2014
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Dr. Charles R. Chandler Ph.D., loving father, devoted grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away Saturday April 26th.

Charles was born to Willie Mae Allen Chandler and Thomas Scott Chandler II on December 10th, 1932 at a farmhouse on Panther Creek, out in the farmland between Frisco and Prosper, Texas. Charles was the last child of four daughters and four brothers born to Willie Mae and Thomas Scott. He married Carolyn Ann Tanner on July 3, 1958. They were married for 23 years.

Charles loved aviation. From his experience with the “Air Scouts” in 1949 until very recently, he pursued that love. Charles owned and flew several aircraft over the last 40 years of his life. He was an accomplished and respected aerobatic pilot and enjoyed his last aircraft, an experimental RV-3, immensely, much to the delight and exhilaration of his family who observed.

Charles was a scholar in the sense of the word which is often unrecognized today. Research and tireless reading were an everyday experience throughout his life. His ability to steer his family and friends to the truly pertinent and meaningful written observations on life was one of the greatest of the many gifts he shared with his family and friends. Charles taught sociology at Tulane, Southwest Texas State University, and at Texas Tech from 1966 until his retirement in 2000. Charles loved music. He gifted and encouraged those around him, especially his children and grandchildren, with his love of music, its appreciation, and his knowledge. His love of the banjo, made him a connoisseur of bluegrass, but he was an avid listener of classical, jazz, country, pop, and blues as well.

Charles is survived by his sister Louise Pitts of Haltom City, Texas, his brother Dan and wife Delores of Casper, Wyoming, his son Paul Chandler and spouse Jennifer of Kingwood Texas, his son Eugene Chandler and spouse Alice of Arlington Texas, and his daughter Carrie Casarez and spouse Carlos of Whiteface Texas. Grandchildren include William, Stephanie, Katherine, Brandon, Matthew, Christopher, Austin, Elizabeth, and Carla. Great-grandchildren include Helen, Alexander, Sophia, and Dylan Thomas. Of course he is survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews of all generations. His innate humility and compassion for all, guided his life, and his faith in Christ sustained him through his latter years.

Other information and inquiries may be directed through Resthaven.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to a favorite charity.



  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 3, 2014


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Dr. Charles R. Chandler

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May 7, 2014

Charles was a very special person to me. While he was in high school, and I was a preschooler, he worked after school in the office of my dad's plumbing business. He would entertain me with great adventure stories, which I later found out he borrowed from Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Faulkner and would frighten me with his stories of Rawhead and Bloodybones. Charles taught me to print the alphabet and read simple words long before I started school. When I was in elementary school, he encouraged me to read good literature and to listen to his record collection, which ranged from Bob Wills to Richard Wagner. I know that we will always have great memories of Charles.

Kimble Bewley

Judi Hyde

May 6, 2014

My prayers go out to all of the family. He was my wonderful Uncle Charles that always took the time to play games with me and I treasure all those memories. The time he spent living with my mom and dad in Florida was so great. He got his love of flying from my dad and he made that a part of his beautiful life. In my eyes he could do anything.

May 6, 2014

I have only a few scraps of childhood memories of Charles, my uncle? He was only three and a half years older than me...and NEVER let me play with his Charlie McCarthy doll! We touched bases a few times as adults, at family reunions, and other short visits. Nevertheless, as adults we were able to become good friends. I shall always cherish those times and memories. He loved and thoroughly enjoyed his family. He was, and always will be a talented, kind, fun, and fine man. Til we meet again, Charles. Mary Evelyn, Boise Idaho

Eddie Duncan

May 5, 2014

We were always so proud of our Uncle Charles. Even when we were very young children we thought he was the most brilliant kid we would ever know. I say kid because he is only eight years older than me and three years older than my oldest sister Billie Ann. We and some of my other cousins have always said, “Charles was more like a cousin to us than an uncle”.

He would sometimes join in the games we enjoyed playing with our cousins at the Chandler home on Tennessee St. in McKinney, Texas. Not long ago he told me he still remembered some of those times and even some of the details of our ‘rough and tumble' play with him. I was amazed as he recounted such details as; the sounds of each kids laughter; the smells of our sweaty little bodies as we rolled on the ground and scuffled in the humid Texas heat; the occasional crying; the unexpected bite or spittle which by the way, always came from the same cousin that I know and love today but in her defense, will not name here.

I could tell by the way he told his stories over the last few years that our Uncle Charles considered some of his most precious possessions to be his memories of the events of his family life, all the way from the early years right up to the most recent of times. The fact that he invested such a significant amount of his energy and time to write and publish his book on the Chandler Family History, that we all greatly appreciated and still cherish, is certainly a testament of that. However, no matter how important I think his memories were to him, I know they could hold no higher than second place to his love for his immediate family with the love of his grandchildren most likely being on the top step.

Of course we, his Duncan nieces and nephew, considered him to be a great academic achiever of the family and admired him immensely for earning his doctorate while amassing an enormous storehouse of knowledge which he was always willing to share and discuss with us at any time. For much of our adult lives we all have been respectful and extremely proud to call him Dr. Charles R. Chandler, a professor at Texas Tech University.

Eddie & Karen Duncan, Placentia, California
Billie Ann Huskey, Caldwell, Idaho
Mary Evelyn Reed, Boise, Idaho sends our deepest sympathy to the family.

May 2, 2014

I have many fond memories of Charles. He was more like a cousin than an uncle. When he was attending North Texas State and I was in high school, he lived with us in Dallas. My mother was his sister, Maurine. Charles and I shared a bedroom upstairs in the house and spent many nights lying in our beds discussing life, the universe, and everything. These talks and the books he gave me to read influenced me to become a sociologist.
Stella and I send our condolences to all his family. He will be missed.

Phil Barker

May 1, 2014

Our prayers and thoughts are with your family in this time of sorrow. Phil and Kim Barker.

David & Rosie Carrillo

May 1, 2014

Eugene and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God give you the comfort at this time of sorrow. Our condolences to everyone.

Danny and Debbie Eddy

May 1, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. We will always treasure the family book he put together.
Danny and Debbie Eddy