Miss Annie Lou Chandler of Pulaski, Va., and originally from South Boston, Va., died Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh, N.C. She was born in South Boston, Va. on May 18, 1919 and was 89 years old. She was the daughter of the late Mark Alexander Chandler and Annie Anderson Chandler. She was a 1937 graduate of the Virgilina High School, received an Associate in Arts Degree from Campbell College in 1939, and a Bachelor in Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro in 1942. She took special interest courses at Delaware Technical School in Wilmington, DE and New River Community College in Dublin, Va. She was a chemist at Allied Chemical Corporation in Pulaski, Va. for 20 years. She was then an analytical chemist for Baker Adamson Works in Marcus Hook, PA while living in Wilmington, DE. She also was a Director for the Senior Volunteer Program of Pulaski, Va, was Head of Women’s Residence Hall at Bluefield College, and was a Freelance writer and regular columnist for the Southwest Times, Pulaski, Va. She was originally a member of the First Baptist Church of Pulaski. Six members of this congregation of which included Annie Lou volunteered for a special ministry at Robinson Tract. From this ministry, Trinity Baptist Church was founded in Pulaski and Annie Lou stayed there as an active member for the remainder of her life. She served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and was a member of the choir and WMU, was a longtime Sunday School Teacher, and was active in mission work. She was a volunteer at the Pulaski Senior Center, the local American Cancer Society, retirement homes, and other senior adult organizations. She was a former president of the Pulaski Chapter of the AARP, was secretary and board member of the Pulaski County unit of the American Cancer Society, was a member of the American Chemical Society, and a member of Beta Sigma Phi International. Annie Lou’s honors and awards are too numerous to list, but that’s how she would have wanted it. She had a genuine compassion for others that manifested itself in a generosity enveloped in humility and selflessness. She was a woman of conviction, outspoken in the face of injustice, and respected and admired for her "spunkiness". No matter what the circumstance, Annie Lou’s sense of humor, her love for life, and most importantly, her unwaivering faith always saw her through. Annie will be sorely missed, but her legacy can be found in the lives of those she touched, and in the hearts of countless cousins and friends who loved her deeply. She would have turned ninety in two months, and what a birthday that would have been! We can be comforted in the knowledge that her heavenly Home is a place where age is no longer a factor; and where every day is a celebration of a new life with her Lord.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Halifax Memorial Gardens, South Boston, Va. A memorial service will be held at the Trinity Baptist Church in Pulaski at a later date. For memorials, please consider the Trinity Baptist Church, 4008 Robinson Tract Road, Pulaski, Va. 24301. Online condolences may be made to www.powellfunerals.com
Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, Va. 24392