Bessie Chandler

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bessie Carolyn


MOUNDVILLE, Ala. — Services for Bessie Carolyn Chandler, 68, of Moundville, Ala., who died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Hospice of West Alabama, were Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Crestline Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa with the Rev. Ed King officiating.

Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Moundville under the direction of Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South.

“Miss Bessie” was born in Natchez and attended nursing school in Jackson where she met the love of her life, Bob Chandler. Bessie and Bob shared a faith and love of our Lord Jesus Christ all of their years together. Bessie brought love, caring and hope to all she met through her nursing career, church work and everyday life interactions. She fought what she described as “a winning battle” with cancer for the past four years with a smile.

Bessie’s life was an example of how love can overcome all difficulties of life. She resides now with our Lord in heaven having traveled both joyous and troubled roads in life, always with a love for others and Jesus Christ.

Bessie and Bob have spent their married life in Demopolis, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Moundville, Ala. Bessie was a registered nurse at Dr. Ketchum’s office in Demopolis, the Moundville Nursing Home, Home Health Services and retired from DCH Regional Medical Center.

Bessie and Bob have helped start a number of new churches, the latest being Crestline Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. Bessie was an active member and Sunday school teacher at Crestline.

Bessie’s last few years have been blessed with love and caring for her granddaughter, Charlee Chandler. Bessie was able to see her grandson, Nash Chandler, born just days before she died.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley Moss and Francis Juanita Moss of Natchez; father and mother-in-law, Franklin Chandler and Phyllis Chandler of Linden, Ala., and one sister, Nita Jo Moss.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Leigh Ann Poole and husband, Phil, and Kathy Chandler, all of Tuscaloosa; one son, Fred Chandler and wife, Summer, of Dothan, Ala.; one sister, Emma Moffett and husband, Robert, of Paris Island, S.C.; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Moss and wife, Nell, of Natchez; two grandchildren, Charlee Ann and David Nash Chandler, both of Dothan; and two brothers-in-law, Frank Chandler Jr. and wife, Deborah, of Northport and Victor Chandler and wife, Brenda, of Eagle Lake, Fla.

Pallbearers were Tim King, Johnny King, Scotty King, Glen Morrison, Jody Wyatt, Gene Rice, Aaron Gann and Norm Love.

Donations may be made to Crestline Baptist Church.