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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Earnest Chandler

Earnest Preston "Earnie" Chandler Sr.

Friday, September 4th, 1942 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Earnest Preston Chandler, Sr., affectionately known as “Earnie”, was born to the late George and Maggie Nock Chandler on September 4, 1942 in Melfa, Virginia. He departed this earthly life on June 12, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in New Jersey at the age of seventy-seven.

Earnie was educated in the Accomack County Public School System. While in high school, he played football, excelled academically, and was the recipient of the Bausch & Lomb honorary award for Mathematics. Earnie graduated from Mary N. Smith High School in 1962. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Senior Airman while serving his country with honor. Upon leaving the military, his desire for knowledge and math acumen led him to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and continued his education at New York University (NYU). Shortly thereafter, he obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

Earnie began his professional career in 1967 at the American Stock Exchange as a Senior Accountant. He grew in his profession, accepting positions with increasing responsibility, including Senior Accountant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Senior Corporate Auditor at RCA, and Vice President of Regulatory Reporting and Analysis at Kidder Peabody & Co. As a top executive, he spent many hours traveling and working to ensure growth, success, and achievement of the business objectives of the companies in which he worked. At the time of his retirement in 2013, Earnie was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of RBC Capital Markets Arbitrage in New York. He took great pride in his work and was a model of achievement for his family.

In 1977, Earnie married the love of his life, Viola Williams in New York City. They later moved to Roselle, New Jersey, where they raised their family. Earnie enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was a fan of horses and horse racing which was passed down from his father, George Chandler, who maintained and groomed horses at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.

In addition to his parents, Earnie was preceded in death by his brother, George Alfred Chandler, and god-brother, Milton Chandler Turlington.

Those left to cherish memories include his devoted wife of forty-three years, Viola Chandler; five children, Carol Bailey, Nathaniel (Janice) Bailey, Sean (Melicia) Williams, Keisha Chandler, and Earnest Preston (Emi) Chandler, Jr; sister, Marguerite Chandler Veney; aunt, Lillian N. Meador; god-sister, Carlyse (Eugene) Giddens; eleven grandchildren, Brad (Takeia)Bailey, Ryheem Wharton, Jade Williams, Isaiah Williams, Jacob Williams, Amber Williams, Chandler Karim, Savannah Karim, Langston Knight, Arisa Chandler, and Earnest Preston Chandler, III; six sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.
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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Gaskins A.M.E. Cemetery
    26211 Savageville Rd.
    ONANCOCK, VA 23417
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    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Earnie’s honor to the EQUUS foundation, a charity dedicated to protecting America’s horses and strengthening the bond between horses and people. Donations can be made online at or via mail to EQUUS Foundation, 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

    In the light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Milton P. Bunting
  • Interment

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Gaskins A.M.E. Cemetery
    26211 Savageville Rd.
    ONANCOCK, VA 23417
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Carolyn Waters

Posted at 07:05pm
My Dear friend and sister by Christ Viola my heart is broken by the passing of Earnie there is know words that can be said at this difficult time I want you and the family to know that you have my deepest condolences hold on to the promise of God he will help you through this difficult time remember the times that you shared with him one day soon the memories that you have of Earnie it will. make your heart happy again may God hold you closer to him at this difficult time of sorry just know that I am a phone call away and you are in my prayers I love you dearly friend and sister for life

Ernestine Crossland

Posted at 02:52pm
I am truly going to miss my Uncle Earnie. I would always say. I was named after him and he had to treat me special because of that. My heart goes out to the family.

Love Ernestine Crossland

Clinton & Sandra Hardy

Posted at 11:56am
We have known Earnie for almost 44 years. He was more than a friend , he was our brother. Earnie loved his wife, Viola, family and friends. He was one of the bride's men at our wedding. Earnie believed in education and encourage his children to purse their dreams. Earnie was a successful CFO for a large corporation. Earnie appeared to be a quit person until you got in a conversation with him about various issues. We will miss seeing him during our Sunday visits and him seating outside in the yard.
We will keep all of the family in prayer, God Bless.
Clinton & Sandra Hardy

Camerine Robinson

Posted at 11:17am
My deepest condolences to the Chandler family, I could not have asked for a better grand-dad for my nieces and nephews and in-laws. Rest Well
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Hubert, Dortha, Sheka and Wayne

Posted at 06:11pm
Praying that God would grant you a peace that surpasses all understanding and comfort you as the loving FATHER He is.
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