On December 7, 1961, the sun rose on Ronnie Andre’ Chandler Sr., and sadly set on Monday, December 21, 2020. He was born in Hampton, Virginia to Thelma Rosser Taylor and the late Arlington Thomas Chandler Jr.
“Raulo” as he was affectionately known by his siblings, was raised in Newport News and attended Newport News Public Schools and the American School of Isfahan in Iran. During his time there, he dedicated his life to the Lord at the age of 15. He graduated from Denbigh High School and continued his education at Norfolk State University for 2 years.
Ronnie enlisted in the US Army for two years serving in Nuremberg, Germany. He later owned and operated a cleaning service business and was later employed by Diamond Resorts, where he was employed at the time of his death.
Ronnie was a free spirit who enjoyed fishing, reading and cooking jerk chicken. He was also a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He really loved and was excited about his only grandchild, two-year-old Andre. He always had an easy smile and jokes to tell; the light of the family that will forever shine brightly.
Ronnie is also preceded in death by his stepfather, Marvin L. Taylor. His memories will forever be cherished by his mother, Thelma J. Taylor of Newport News, VA; son, Ronnie Andre Chandler Jr. (Arin) of Crofton, MD; grandson, Andre Conrad Chandler; siblings, Wanda Rogers and Kathy Savage, both of Newport News, VA., Arlington T. Chandler III and Donna Ali (Rasheed), both of Birmingham, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, in Whiting’s Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Due to the current health pandemic, only 50 people may be in attendance. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Facebook Livestream will be available at the beginning of the service. Mr. Chandler may be viewed on Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011. whitingsfuneralhome.com
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