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Arnold O'Del Chandler

Arnold O'Del Chandler

Submitted by & © Shirley Taylor

Arnold O'Del Chandler, buried in Lot 46, Block 30, was born 6-5-1899 in Leapwood, Tennessee to John Robert Chandler and Nancy Ann Tidwell Chandler, and died 5-4-1970 in Guthrie, Oklahoma at age 70. He married Velma Olive Donihoo 9-16-1923 at Guthrie, Oklahoma. Arnold came to Oklahoma when he was 18 years old on a train from Dyersburg, Tennessee. He stated "he didn't have a nickel to his name and the only clothes he had was his overalls and shirt he was wearing" in 1917. He worked at Martin's Lake driving a team of horses moving dirt and then he went to work at Furrow and Company and worked there from 1932 until 1963, a total of 31 years of service. When he started working at Furrow and Company in 1932 he earned $9 weekly and soon got a raise to $12 weekly. He stated he was tickled to get that. He retired as a steam fitter, which included maintaining proper heat in the boilers. He retired after suffering a heart attack in 1963. After he retired he fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams by attending a 1963 baseball World Series game in Los Angeles, California between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a devoted New York Yankees fan and enjoyed watching their games on television. After retirement he developed a love for fishing which he was fishing when he suffered his fatal heart attack on May 4, 1970.
Arnold had 2 brothers, Eber William Chandler, died 5-19-1976, and Elvie Chandler, died 8-16-1980; and one sister, Sarah Angie Chandler McKenzie, died 4-25-1991.
Arnold and Velma Chandler had 4 children. LaVerta Irene Chandler Gayer Miller, born 7-6-1925 and died 5-10-1964 at age 38; Willard Arnold Chandler, born 5-6-1927 and died 5-28-1945 at age 18; Wilbur "Hoppy" Donald Chandler, born 11-29-1929; Velma "Illene" Chandler, born 6-25-1930.
He had five grandchildren: Donald Roy Gayer, Shirley Chandler Smith Taylor, Stephen Warren Harris, Ronald Mark Harris and David Wilbur Chandler.
See his Tombstone Photo

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