Welcie Lee Chandler Sr., senior maintenance manager

September 26, 2021

Welcie Lee Chandler Sr., 97, of Frankford, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

He was born Feb. 11, 1924, to the late Samuel Chandler Sr. and Evelyn West Chandler.

He worked for 30 years at Atlantic Aviation as a senior maintenance manager. He is survived by his loving wife Minnie Kelley Chandler, after 47 years of marriage. He is also survived by his children: Evelyn Chandler, Darlene Risper, Barry Hilton Chandler and his wife Rhonda, Darnell Showell, Gregory Showell and his wife Janet, Michelle Showell, Vanessa Showell, and James Kelley Showell. Welcie has 27 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving: Corine and Walter Smith Sr., his sister and brother-in-law.

In addition to his parents, Welcie was preceded by his son, Welcie L. Chandler Jr.; and his siblings, Sam Chandler, Charles Chandler, Mary Sue Tingle, John Chandler, Winnie Chandler, Lynn Wood Chandler, and Elton Sparky Aanes. He also was preceded by grandchildren Michael Chandler and Tammy Gray.

A time of viewing and visitation will be held from 8 to 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro. Please respect the family’s request for masks and compliance with COVID-19 protocols. The funeral and interment will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Union Wesley United Methodist Church, 32137 Powell Farm Road, Clarksville, DE 19945.

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