November 14, 2004
ROBERTA BRIDGEFORTH CHANDLER
Mrs. Roberta Bridgeforth Chandler died peacefully on Nov. 10, 2004, at the age of 95 at her daughter’s home where she had resided for the past nine months.
Mrs. Chandler was born and raised in Hampton. In 1926, she graduated at the age of 16 from Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Va. There she was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist in the Shenandoah River.
Mrs. Chandler graduated in 1930 from Washington Missionary College in Washington, D.C. She received her master’s degree in English at the University of Maryland in 1932, and taught in the Hampton Public Schools for a short time. Mrs. Chandler was a secretary to Principal H. Wilson Thorpe at Old Hampton High.
Mrs. Chandler was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church where she gave over 60 years of service to her church holding various offices and was recently honored by her church for her faithful service. She was a church pianist into her 94th year.
Gardening was a joy for her and she continued gardening also into her 94th year.
Preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Sherman Chandler whom she married in 1944, she leaves behind to cherish her memories her daughter, Geraldine “Angel” Barr LPN, and grandson, David E. Barr II, who is employed at Smith and Keene.
Also mourning our loss is her faithful and beloved Pekinese “Angel.”
Special thanks to Pastor Daniel Shafer and Dr. Timothy Raines. Our love and gratitude go out to our neighbors Randy and Faye Garris and David and Nina Hargrave for their overwhelming kindness and support.
A life celebration service will be conducted 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Daniel Shafer. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family received friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Friends are encouraged to visit http://www.mem.com to share words of comfort with the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton.