Mrs. Deola Stokes Chandler, a native of Caswell County, NC, was born on October 01, 1924 to the late William Frank Stokes and Flossie Ann Holloway Stokes. Family and friends affectionately knew our beloved as “Ola” who peacefully reached her heavenly home at the age of 95, on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Blumenthal Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro, NC.
Mrs. Deola Stokes were married in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life Herman Chandler in August, 1939. They soon moved to Indian Ridge, West Virginia to begin their new life together and to their union nine children were born. During their life time in West Virginia the family moved a few different locations and churches but, that did not stop Mother Chandler from living, serving, and singing praises unto the Lord! Her final church destination was Up Rising Chapel United Holiness Church in Worth, West Virginia, where she was faithful and devoted missionary, deaconess, and mother of the church.
Mrs. Deola Stokes Chandler, was a homemaker who devoted much of her time and efforts as a caregiver to family members, rearing her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and everyone else’s children, whom she loved dearly (All children far and near loved to be around Mrs. Deola)! Her favorite past-times included: church, family, quilting, and fishing. She and her husband after 49 years of living in West Virginia relocated back to North Carolina during their retirement years to be close to family. Afterwards some of her children and grandchildren relocated to North Carolina as well. Since 1999, she was an active member of the Kingdom Covenant Church in Greensboro, NC, where she held the title of “mother” of the church until her declining health.
Mrs. Deola Stokes Chandler was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herman Chandler; four daughters, Ella Mae Chandler, Patricia Chandler, Ardeen Bailey, and Marva Celestine Chandler Ratliff; one son; Preston Chandler; two grandsons, Jeremy Chandler and Renaldo Davis; two sisters, Mary Eva Graves and Mattie Lue Farrish; two brothers, Lorenzo Stokes “Bud” and Gilbert Graves Stokes “Gee”; one aunt, Mrs. Udell Stokes Wimple.
Mrs. Deola Stokes Chandler, leaves to cherish her memories to her loving family: two daughters, Rosetta West of Stone Mountain, GA, and Mildred McCoy of Greensboro, NC; two sons and their wives, Herman and Roseanne Chandler, Jr. of Hartsville, SC, David Pierre and Anna Chandler of Greensboro, NC; one sister, Lossie Pearl Lea of Ruffin, NC; one brother, Yancey Ray Stokes of Fayetteville, NC; two sister-in-laws, Elizabeth Stokes of Reidsville, NC and Cleo Stokes of Yanceyville, NC; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Due to the constraints of public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak a viewing will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home with a limit of 10 people at a time. Please remember to follow CDC guidelines with everyone wearing protective gloves and masks.
Private Graveside Service will be Friday, April 24, 2020 in the Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, NC Church Pastor David Chandler will deliver the words of comfort.
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