Granville Chandler age 78, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Idabel, Oklahoma. Granville was born on April 25, 1941 to Rex Arthur and Evelyn Vicksburg Chandler on Lambert St in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1959 and Southeastern Oklahoma State University of Durant in 1963.
Granville began coaching in Burhburnett in 1963 and after being drafted into the army during Vietnam war went on to coaching in Broken Bow, Idabel, Battiest, and Henryetta, Oklahoma and Detroit, Texas. After his retirement he assisted in Lukfata and Holly Creek athletics.
Taking breaks from coaching along the way, he also worked at the Cedar Golf Course, Hochatown maintenance, a Beavers Bend Park Ranger and Brown and Root in Longview, Texas. He was also a past member of the J C’s and Kiwanis Club and manager of the Holly Hollow Hot Sauce factory on the Holly Hollow.
Granville found out that coaches should move ever so often in order to discover that there are great kids in every city. No one town holds a monopoly on this and we all need to know, “There’s no reason or cause to cheer or applaud when the last curtain falls”. Hobbies in the younger days were squirrel and quail hunting, fly fishing, and floating Glover and Mt, Fork rivers. Latter day enjoyment was traveling to the Giant Sequaias in California. Hey, there was a lot to see on the way.
Granville was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Evelyn Chandler; brothers; Harold Chandler, Rex Chandler, and Paul Chandler;
Granville leaves to cherish his memory a son, Mike Jenkins; nieces, Cheryl Vaughn of Atlanta, Georgia, Catherine Rogers of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Claire Lynn Chandler of Charleston, South Carolina, Traci Moore of Idabel, Oklahoma, Erica Chandler of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Chris Chandler of Dequeen, Arkansas, Brent Chandler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Cliff Chandler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brad Chandler of Mena, Arkansas, Russell Chandler of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Paul Chandler of Atlanta, Georgia; special friends, Richard and Joy Orr, Wesley and Jan Muse, and Chad and Leslie Orr all of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; numerous other relatives and many friends.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Mays Hospice, Nurses on second floor of McCurtain Memorial Hospital, nurse Pam Johnson and Dr Herron.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Assembly of God Church in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.