Opal Davidson Chandler's Obituary - DeFuniak Springs, FL, USA | Ever Loved


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Opal Davidson Chandler, born November 5, 1931, went home to be with Jesus on October 12, 2019 at the age of 87 as the beloved hymn, “Softly and Tenderly”, played on her bed side radio.  She was surrounded by her family and loved ones, as well as the staff at “The Residence” memory care facility in Pensacola, Florida. Opal was the recipient of exceptional care in the hands of the professional staff of this great facility for 18 months.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at First Baptist Church, DeFuniak Springs, FL on October 19th at 10:00am. 
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the following organizations in which Opal was most passionate about for memorial contributions:
WAKJ Radio Station, FBC Pregnancy Support Center or Gideons International. A donation box will be available at the memorial service on Saturday.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother Tillman and Ola Williamson, her brother and sister JD Williamson and Betty Hussey. She was also preceded in death by her sons Larry Davidson and Don Davidson (Brenda).
She is survived by her husband of 23 years Wiley Chandler, her daughter Margaret Davidson Ryan (Doyle), her granddaughter Crystal Davidson Sims (Alandus) their children Alexis , Amari and Ashtyn, her daughters-in-heart Donna Davidson Boxberger( Jay) and Margie Sexton Chambers( LaRue).
She is also survived by grand daughter Dawn Davidson (Matt) Dawn’s daughter Seanne Shanahan (Jesse) Matt’s sons Sean and Zachary, grandson Clay Davidson (Mandi), grandson Sean Patronis and his children, step-daughter Wanda Sands (Todd), Wanda’s daughter Kelly Sands McElroy (Jonathan )and their daughter Allie, Wanda’s daughter Erin Sands, step-son Mike Chandler(Debbie)and their daughter Rebekah Reno (Alex) and their children Caleb and Elizabeth, son Derek Chandler (Jenelle) and children Drew and Isaac.
Opal was the epitome of the woman depicted in Proverbs 31:
She was an industrious housewife, a shrewd businesswoman, a generous benefactor and a wise teacher. Her heart’s desire was to serve the Lord and to bring lost souls into the kingdom of God. She founded the Christian radio station in Defuniak Springs, WAKJ. She was involved in the Coaches for Christ ministry. She was also passionate about the Pregnancy Support Center and the Gideons International organization. Her involvement in her church was quite evident as she was a Sunday school teacher, an active participant in the local prison ministry, and anywhere else she might be needed.
She was never shy about sharing her faith and would do so with any opportunity that presented itself! As a generous benefactor she realized that her money belonged to the Lord and she was only a steward. She helped numerous people in the community and family with a hand up instead of a hand out.
She was also very involved in civic organizations:
DeFuniak Springs City Council, Kiwanis club, Pilots club, Downtown Business Professional Association, Florida league of Cities, Council on Aging.
But what Opal’s family will remember the most is that when you arrived for a visit, she would meet you at the door with the best hug imaginable. She would lead you into the kitchen for the best tomato gravy and biscuits you had ever had... or the best gumbo or the best Albondigas con Chile and the family would sit in the kitchen long after eating, just to bask in the love that they all shared for her and each other, laughing and telling stories until it was bedtime.

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