Carlton Chandler


HARRISBURG — The Rev. Carlton Lavon Chandler, 88, of Harrisburg passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at St. Bernards Medical Center. He was born on April 28, 1932, in Bay to Johnny Herron and Johnnie Quay Frasier Chandler.

He served his country in the United States Army for 21 years before going into the ministry for over 40 years.

There they go. Bright young men with bright young faces marching off to war in faraway places. Places so horrible they can’t be imagined.

Two days after arriving in the combat zone, they come out. Their cadence ever changed. Eyes hallowed by the horror that’s unique to war that most will never know.

When soldiers come home, their time in combat done, they find little rest. Those scenes are not diminished; never fading into shadows of the past.

Their memories are as stark and real as the day they happened – even after the passage of seven decades.

Today, he finds his rest. Today, the wars are finally over. Today, another soldier has gone home.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Chandler of Harrisburg; daughter, Renata Smotts of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Kenny Chandler of Happy, Texas; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eunice Gilleland of Manassa, Colo., and Shirley Jameson of Cabot; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Herron and Quay Chandler; brothers, Ralph Herron, James Daniel and Robert Linden; and oldest son, Carl Mike Chandler.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Assembly of God in Trumann with the Rev. Kenneth Doke officiating. Burial will follow in Birdeye Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service. The family will receive visitors from noon until service time Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Wounded Warriors.

In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, masks or other facial coverings and signing a COVID-19 acknowledgment form will be required. Social distancing will be observed.

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