STOKESDALE - Linda Neal Chandler departed her earthly home to reside with our Lord on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. She left behind a legacy of love and devotion to the Lord, her family and all of those who touched her life needing a caring heart or helpful friend. Her daily life on earth shared the gifts of spirit with everyone she met.
The celebration of her life is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Old Country Church, 241 Sisk Mill Loop, Madison, with early viewing from 12 until 1:30 p.m.
The family received friends at Colonial Funeral Home, 127 Ellisboro Road, Madison, N.C. from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, and other times at the home of Terry and Ellen Willard, 561 Simpson Road, Stokesdale.
She dedicated her life to her family and was a co-founder of The Old Country Church, where her surviving husband, Donald "Donnie" Chandler, continues to serve as pastor. Forty years of her life have been dedicated to sharing the ministry of the church through serving as the founding choir director, Sunday School teacher, and numerous activities of the church and meeting the needs of the members over the years.
Her life was filled with a mission of work grown from love. This included the co-ownership and operation of Chandler Construction Company. She was diligent in the founding and operation of the company. Every minute of each day was filled with caring and nurturing those in her family and community.
She was born in Rockingham County to William Julius and Minnie Lawrence Neal, both deceased. She was preceded in death by four brothers, William "Bill", Carl, John and Don Neal.
She is survived by two sisters Mary Ann Osborne of Summerfield and Mabel Neal of Greensboro.
Her life's journey was a gift and will continue her legacy in the lives of her surviving daughters, their husbands and grandchildren. They are Phyllis and Randy Stephenson of Gibsonville, Ellen and Terry Willard, Susan "Susy" and David Martin, all of Stokesdale; grandchildren, Preston and Nathaniel Stephenson of Gibsonville, Katie and Elijah Willard and Alyssa and Caleb Martin, all of Stokesdale.
Memorials may be made to the Old Country Church Building Fund.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8
Colonial Funeral Home in Madison is serving the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.colonialfh.net