2006-02-22 / Obituaries

Col. Chap Chandler dies in Carrollton on Feb. 17

Colonel John Chapple Chandler, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), died Feb. 17, 2006 in Carrollton, Ga. following an extended illness.

Chap was born March 20, 1929 in Millen to John Abner Chapple Chandler and Emmie Harris Chandler, both deceased.

As a young man Chap distinguished himself as an Eagle Scout, a three-sport athlete and a single wing quarterback of the Class C State Championship Football team at Millen High School. He graduated as salutatorian of his class in 1946 and entered Georgia Tech on the Co-Op Plan, working alternately at Savannah Power & Light Co.

At Tech, Chap was an officer in Phi Delta

Theta fraternity and on the Student Council.

He graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

Upon graduation, having completed the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marines. He served on active duty during the Korean War and was in an artillery company stationed along the Imjin River.

Chap went on to proudly serve in the Marines Corps Reserve for a total of 37 years, achieving the rank of colonel. His final command was as the executive officer of the 6th Motor Transport Division in Atlanta.

He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and he received the Navy Commendation Medal in 1975.

After his return from Korea, he worked a short time at Washington County EMC as an engineer before joining Southern Engineering Company in Atlanta.

In 1962, Chap accepted an opportunity to join Roy Richards at his fledgling Southwire Company. Chap spent the next 24 years of his life helping Richards build Southwire into a billion dollar global company. His duties there led him to travel to over 100 countries around the world, and he was a master of building relationships across cultural, language and political lines. From 1968, Chap led Southwire’s entrance into aluminum production and was the first president of National-Southwire Aluminum Company in Hawesville, Ky. Though he commuted there most weeks and traveled the world, he remained a Carrollton resident. He finished his career at Southwire as executive vice president, Primary Aluminum, Engineering & Operations.

In 1983 Chap formed Continental Concepts, Inc. (CCI) with his son, Cary, and he became its CEO in 1986. CCI was an international export trading company and consultancy that kept him busy in the Middle East, Far East and Europe for the next decade.

After a brief retirement, Chap joined Duffey Realty in Carrollton, where he became co-owner and managing broker. By the time he retired in 2003, due to failing health, he had helped build Duffey into the largest real estate brokerage in Carroll County and was the individual top sales producer in the area twice.

Chap was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Marine Corps Retired Officers Association, the Carrollton Athletic Booster Club, the West Metro Board of Realtors, past board member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and was past president of Sunset Hills Country Club.

For Georgia Tech he served on the Athletic Board, the Alumni Association Board and the Board of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund.

Chap was a member of Carrollton First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Believer’s Class. He was past president and song leader of the Men’s Bible Class. His faith was strong, his victory assured.

Chap is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Mary Miller Chandler; two sons, John Chapple Chandler, III (Lisa – Chipper, Tyler, Ashley) of Melbourne, Fla. and Cary Scott Chandler, Sr. (Suzanne – Mary Lawrence, Chapple, Scott and Betsy) of Carrollton; and one sister, Emily Chandler Adams of Elberton, Ga.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Wes Griffin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be considered to Tanner Hospice Care – www.tanner.org or the Sondylits Association of America – www.spondylitis.org. Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton was in charge of arrangements, www.almonfuneralhome.com or (770) 832-7056.

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