Earnest Preston Chandler, Sr., affectionately known as “Earnie”, was born to the late George and Maggie Nock Chandler on September 4, 1942 in Melfa, Virginia. He departed this earthly life on June 12, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in New Jersey at the age of seventy-seven.
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Earnie was educated in the Accomack County Public School System. While in high school, he played football, excelled academically, and was the recipient of the Bausch & Lomb honorary award for Mathematics. Earnie graduated from Mary N. Smith High School in 1962. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Senior Airman while serving his country with honor. Upon leaving the military, his desire for knowledge and math acumen led him to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and continued his education at New York University (NYU). Shortly thereafter, he obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.
Earnie began his professional career in 1967 at the American Stock Exchange as a Senior Accountant. He grew in his profession, accepting positions with increasing responsibility, including Senior Accountant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Senior Corporate Auditor at RCA, and Vice President of Regulatory Reporting and Analysis at Kidder Peabody & Co. As a top executive, he spent many hours traveling and working to ensure growth, success, and achievement of the business objectives of the companies in which he worked. At the time of his retirement in 2013, Earnie was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of RBC Capital Markets Arbitrage in New York. He took great pride in his work and was a model of achievement for his family.
In 1977, Earnie married the love of his life, Viola Williams in New York City. They later moved to Roselle, New Jersey, where they raised their family. Earnie enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was a fan of horses and horse racing which was passed down from his father, George Chandler, who maintained and groomed horses at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.
In addition to his parents, Earnie was preceded in death by his brother, George Alfred Chandler, and god-brother, Milton Chandler Turlington.
Those left to cherish memories include his devoted wife of forty-three years, Viola Chandler; five children, Carol Bailey, Nathaniel (Janice) Bailey, Sean (Melicia) Williams, Keisha Chandler, and Earnest Preston (Emi) Chandler, Jr; sister, Marguerite Chandler Veney; aunt, Lillian N. Meador; god-sister, Carlyse (Eugene) Giddens; eleven grandchildren, Brad (Takeia)Bailey, Ryheem Wharton, Jade Williams, Isaiah Williams, Jacob Williams, Amber Williams, Chandler Karim, Savannah Karim, Langston Knight, Arisa Chandler, and Earnest Preston Chandler, III; six sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.