Dr. Eddie Ray “Doc” Chandler, 73, of Bowie, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Denton.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at the First Baptist Church of Bowie. Burial will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Henrietta under the direction of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Dr. Chandler was born July 10, 1941 in Henrietta to Troy and Gladys (Moore) Chandler. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Henrietta High School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Midwestern University in 1963. While at Midwestern, Eddie participated in the ROTC program. Eddie married Patsy Ann Goodrum on Aug. 1, 1964 in the parsonage of L.C. and Ruth Smith of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Bowie. Eddie graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1968. Thereafter, he began his four-year residency at Saint Paul Medical Center in Dallas. In 1969, Dr. Chandler volunteered to go to Vietnam as an Army battalion surgeon, even though he had received a four-year deferment from the Army in order to complete his residency. At the end of his Vietnam tour, Dr. Chandler received a National Defense Service Medal, a Combat Medical Badge, a Bronze Star Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device.
After returning from Vietnam in 1970, Dr. Chandler completed his last three years of residency in Dallas. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. In 1973, he began his surgery practice in Henrietta. Then, in April 1975, Dr. Chandler was invited to join the Bowie Clinic and began performing general and vascular surgery at the Bowie Memorial Hospital. At that time, Eddie moved his family to Bowie, where they have resided for 40 years. Dr. Chandler was a member of the Henrietta Church of God and later Lighthouse Assembly of God in Bowie, where he served on the board of deacons, served as Sunday school superintendent, choir director, and was instrumental in the building of new churches at both fellowships.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Gladys Chandler, and a brother, Troy Joe Chandler.
Survivors include his wife, Pat of Bowie; four children, Kim Williams and husband Gordon of Petrolia, Kara Kehoe and husband Mark of Lampasas, Troy Chandler and wife Michelle of Decatur, and Tyson Chandler of Bowie; one brother, Johney Chandler of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Sue Parish of Chickasha, Okla.; Zelda Scott of Henrietta; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 at the White Family Funeral Home.