Funeral services for PFC Christian Jacob "Jake" Chandler will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Mullican-Little Funeral Chapel in Bells/Savoy, Texas. Mr. Philip Smith and General Christopher Bentley will officiate. Interment with full military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Whitewright, Texas.|
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Mullican-Little Funeral Home. PFC Christian Jacob Chandler was born January 20, 1994 in Texarkana, Texas to Rhonda Chandler Beazley and departed this life on April 28 while serving his country in Baraki Barak District, Logar Province, Afghanistan.
Jake graduated from Whitewright High School in 2012 where he was a Varsity All District offensive and defensive lineman. Following graduation Jake chose his career and enlisted in the United States Army. In October 2012, Jake began his training at Ft. Binning, Ga. Following boot camp, he was stationed at Ft. Drum, N.Y. where he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
Jake deployed with his unit on November 5, 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Jake's awards and decorations include Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and was promoted to service rank of Specialist.
Jake is survived by his parents Joe Chat III and Rhonda Chandler Beazley, sister Katie, grandparents Joe Chat Jr. and Alice Beazley, aunt Lana Harvey, uncles Bryan Beazley and Ben Chandler, numerous cousins and loved ones as well as an Army of Brothers.
Awaiting Jake in Heaven are his grandparents Jerry and Modene Chandler and cousin Laura Beazley.
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commended you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
The funeral service will be streamed live from Mullican-Little Funeral Home and can be viewed by logging on to the funeral home web site at www.mullicanlittle.com.
Also an online guest book may be signed.
Published in The Herald Democrat from May 7 to May 8, 2014