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Brown, A. Chandler

d. December 6, 2013

Albert Chandler Brown, 102, died in Springfield, Virginia, on December 6, 2013.

Chandler was born in Cantrall, IL, on August 8, 1911, to Marie Ahrenkiel Brown and Albert Chandler Brown.

He married Dorothy May Sullivan on May 31, 1941, and she preceded him in death on September 17, 2007. The picture was taken on his 102nd birthday in August.

He is survived by his daughter Iris (husband Raymond) of Springfield, VA; by granddaughter Laura Knell of Los Angeles, CA; by grandson Mark (wife Rachel Cole) Knell and two great-grandchildren, Adeline and Isaac Knell of Lake Oswego, OR; and by his brother Loren Brown, of Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by brothers Glenn, Paul, and Kenneth.

Chandler graduated from Illinois State Normal in 1931 and was teaching in Athens when he was drafted into the US Army Air Forces in World War II. He was wounded in France and returned in 1945 to be principal of Athens Grade School for more than 30 years. He was active in Athens Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #129 and was a founding member of the Athens Rotary Club. He was later honored by Rotary International for 50 years of perfect attendance. Before they moved to Virginia in 2007, Chandler and Dorothy lived for 15 years at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield.

Memorials may be sent to Athens Municipal Library or to United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Visitation will be at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, Athens, on December 19, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., and the service will be at 11:00 a.m., on December 20, with Rev. Jarrett Wells officiating. Burial will be in Joel Hall Cemetery, Athens.


  1. Iris and Family, One of my favorite teachers, I learned a lot under him. I am sorry for your loss. Dale VanEman

  2. A great teacher and motivator with a sense of humor. I remember his many references to cowards as those who “hid behind a toothpick”. And his uneven gait as he walked down the hallway to the 8th grade classroom gave us all time to get back to our desks and look busy. RIP Mr. Brown. My condolences to family members.

  3. So sorry to hear of Mr. Brown’s passing. Always enjoyed him as a teacher. I remember once he let me push the buzzers for school dismissal. It made me feel pretty special.

    Melaney (Croft) Hughes

  4. I was so surprised and saddened to see the announcement in today’s paper! He was a good and fair principal as well as one of my favorite teachers. Having grown up just a block away from the Brown’s I also knew him away from school and always enjoyed his dry sense of humor. I am glad he was able to live a good and long life.

  5. You have our sympathy. John and I will be out of town and unable to attend the visitation or funeral. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. I have a lot of fond memories of your mother and father. We had many good times. He touched the lives of many youth including mine. I hope to see you again soon.

  6. I always admired Chandler. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. He had his standards and he lived up to them. He never came to church with out a coat and tie…no matter what the temperature might be, even before air conditioning. I enjoyed working with him at school as a bus driver and teacher.


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