Former Rainsville mayor passes away

Donnie Chandler served as Rainsville’s mayor for 10 years.

Donnie Chandler, former mayor of the city of Rainsville, passed away last Friday at DeKalb Regional Medical Center.

Chandler was retired from the Waterworks of Section and Dutton, the mayor of Rainsville for 10 years, a city councilman and served as the secretary and treasurer of the DeKalb County Mayors Association.

Chandler is survived by his wife of 35 years, Peggy Smith Chandler, his son, Daniel Chandler and wife Shaina, grandchildren, Kellan and Cadence Chandler, mother, Frankie Chesser, brother, Wayne Chandler and his sisters, Jean McWhorter, Debbie Robertson, Carolyn Goza and Mary Rochester. He was preceded in death by his stepfather JB Chesser.

House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter served with Chandler on the council and said Chandler was a “true friend.”

“He grew up in our community,” Ledbetter said. “He was one of those guys that was solid, that you could always count on and was just a good guy. I think that, at the end of our time, if someone can say “he’s a good guy; he’s one of the best,” that’s a good a compliment as you could probably pay. He was just a great guy. A great father, a great community leader, and a great friend. If you had Donnie for a friend then you had a true friend.”

Ledbetter said when he became mayor of Rainsville, he appointed Chandler as Mayor Pro Tem.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Donnie he was a great guy,” he said. “He was one of those guys who was kind of quiet but very dedicated to what he did and dedicated to the city of Rainsville, and he is going to be sorely missed. We are certainly going to miss him and miss his friendship. Our prayers are with his family and Peggy. These are going to be some tough times for her so we all certainly need to keep her in our prayers.”

The funeral service for Chandler was held on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at Rainsville Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Starling officiating. He was buried in Rainsville Memorial Park.

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