Donald Wayne Chandler

February 10, 1945 - October 11, 2022
Donald Wayne Chandler

Donald Wayne Chandler, 77, a resident of Chocowinity, passed away at ECU Health Beaufort Hospital on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Donald was born on February 10, 1945 to the late Lucy and Benjamin Chandler in Beaufort County.

A visitation will be held at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service from 6:00pm until 7:00pm on Friday, October 14, 2022. A service will immediately follow in the chapel from 7:00 until 8:00pm officiated by Harry Purvis.

Donald is survived by two daughters: Melanie Chandler McRoy and Christina Chandler; two sons: Joshua and Donald Wayne Chandler II; two granddaughters: Mckenna McRoy and Courtney Carrow; a grandson: Chandler Carrow, and last but not least: his girlfriend Kathy Simpkins.

Well-traveled and a man of the world, Donald’s stint in the Coast Guard laid down a foundation of duty and honor and reliability that served him well as both a husband and father. He put in time in both Japan and Hawaii.

His love of camaraderie stemmed from time spent in the service, and it led naturally to a love of sports and tailgating, especially if it involved Pirates football.
He loved practically any large group activity that would bring together his family and friends. He was a man that knew how to eat, drink, and be merry. He loved dancing to the oldies and shagging to the Embers. He could cut a rug and dress the part while doing it. He had a keen sense of taste that encompassed clothing and food and drink and people. He liked top-shelf versions of all those things.

His mind was honed sharp from years spent nose-deep in stacks of books, and his chess pieces were never long-neglected, and he rarely found himself in check. He loved the water and any activity that would put him in, on, or near it. He was warm and generous and will be missed by all.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the Chandler family.



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  • October 16, 2022
    Greg & Donna McRoy says:
    Prayers for all

  • October 15, 2022
    Joan and jesse says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Kathy we are praying for you. I know you will be lost without Dan around.

  • October 14, 2022
    Lorrie Hardison says:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Loving thoughts and prayers for you all during this sad time. Hold on to God and all your precious memories. God Bless.

  • October 14, 2022
    Beatrice Lupton Dillon says:
    Melanie and Family: I send my prayers and lots of hugs to all of you. I know this has been a difficult journey and you have been in my heart from the first. I am unable to attend tonight's service as I will be attending another visitation. Know I am thinking of you. With love - Bea

  • October 13, 2022
    Linda Dixon Lewis says:
    My sister Mary Jo and I grew up in the same neighborhood with Don and his brother Billy. Our parents were very good friend before we ever came along. Don was a really good, caring and thougntful guy and he will be missed by many. My prayers go out to his family.