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(December 5, 1929 – November 25, 2015)
Johnnie F. Chandler passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. There will be a private graveside service at the West End Cemetery in Stephenville, Texas on Saturday, November 28th at 2:00. The Reverend, Sharron Cox of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Waco, Texas, will be officiating.
Johnnie was born in Stephenville, Texas on December 5, 1929, son of the late Troy Phillip Fenner and Una Runyon Fenner McInroe. She graduated from Stephenville High School, attended Tarleton State College (University), then completed her undergraduate studies at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. Johnnie was hired directly from college by Texas Power Electric and Light and became one of its most prominent marketing representatives–appearing on commercials in the burgeoning days of television.
Johnnie married Clark Pannill Chandler of Stephenville, Texas on June 16, 1952, in Mexico City, D.F. in the Mesias Methodist Church by the Reverend Alejandro Ruis of Southern Methodist University. They were subsequently married for 61 years until Clark’s death in 2013. They loved each other intensely.
Johnnie pursued a successful career in real estate throughout the 1970’s. In the 1990’s, she returned to school and completed an advanced degree in nutrition. This led to a busy and successful career with the State of Texas as a licensed nutritionist from which she retired in 1997.
Johnnie was a stylish, vivacious woman who loved music, dancing, and people. She excelled at bridge and mahjong, enjoyed all types of movies, and was a loyal follower of Baylor football and women’s basketball. If you asked Johnnie, however, she would tell you that her greatest joy was her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a long-time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a member of the alter guild.
Johnnie is preceded in death by her husband, Clark, and her son, William Addison Chandler. Survivors include daughter, Elizabeth Talmage Chandler of Sunnyvale, California; son Benjamin Tirey Chandler (Ty) and his wife, Cheryl of Longview, Texas. She is also survived by four grandchildren–Nathan Chandler and his wife, Whitney, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Jessie Ward and her husband, Marc, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Allison Chandler of Houston, Texas; and Cole Chandler of Galveston, Texas–and two great-grandchildren, Hallie and Hayden Chandler. She is also survived by her sister, Anise Moon and husband Johnny, of Arlington, Texas, as well as a niece, Letatica, and a grand-niece, Carson.
Thoughts, love, and prayers are appreciated.