Billy Chandler, 48, of Woodsboro, TX, passed away on August 19, 2021, in Midland, TX.
Billy was born in Amarillo, TX to Clifford and Elaine Chandler on January 15, 1973. Billy graduated from Woodsboro HS and enrolled in Del Mar College where he received his certification as a welder. This would in part start his 20+ year career in the oil industry. Most of his career was offshore, where he, like many others that worked offshore, sacrificed to provide for his family. Billy worked his way from the fields to the office, ultimately allowing him to be on land so he could be closer to family. Most recently he worked as a Senior A&OI Inspection/ Asset Integrity Inspector at ConocoPhillips.
Billy was a devoted father and companion. He loved his girls and loved talking about them and showing them off. He was never short of words when describing how proud he was of them. He was always missing them due to his work, but he made sure they were taken care of. Not a day went by that he did not think about them. He loved his stepchildren as well. For Billy, his family was his world.
Billy was the type of man that could talk to anyone and by the end of that conversation he would have a new friend. People were easily drawn to him because of his love of family, love of life, and love of Christ.
He was a selfless man who always put everyone before him, he used to say, “if I have it, you have it”. He would also say, “money comes and goes, but family and friends are irreplaceable”. He was a man with a big heart making room for anyone, the more the merrier.
In 2014 Billy met and fell in love with his soulmate Claudia, their love grew immensely. He was at his happiest when they were together. Billy said she was his safe place. The love between them was a love that not many have seen before, and it had a profound effect on a lot of people. They were perfect for each other.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his loved ones. He loved watching sunsets with Claudia, which he called “God’s paintings” and looked forward to seeing them every evening. At night he would step outside to look at the ‘woman on the moon”.
Billy is survived by the love of his life and soulmate Claudia Chandler, and his stepchildren, Griselda, Jadrian, Diego, and Juanma Rubalcava, his 3 daughters, Brianna Elizondo, Katie, and Lauren Chandler. His mother, Elaine Harwell, Stepfather, Dean Harwell, Father, Clifford Chandler Sr., siblings, Bennie and Candy Thomas, Cliff and Lisa Chandler, and Jacob and Crystal Moya and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Most importantly, Billy knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He may not be with us here on this earth, but he is alive in paradise with Jesus. Philippians 1:21 For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Many of you are wondering about life and death. The bible says we are made in the image of God. God is a 3-part being, the Father (soul), the Holy Spirit (spirit), and Jesus is God in the flesh. We, too, are 3-part beings, soul, spirit and flesh. When we do not know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are incomplete because we do not have the holy spirit living in us, we are just soul and flesh. That is why we must be born again (of the spirit). That is what it means when we hear people say that there is a God shaped hole in all of us. We can spend a lifetime trying to fill that hole with the things of this world, but until we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior and receive the Holy spirit, we are incomplete. In the beginning Adam and Eve were complete, when they ate of the forbidden fruit, God’s Spirit left them, and the Holy Spirit did not come back to dwell inside of man until after the death and resurrection of Jesus as recorded in the book of Acts.
When we die in Christ, we take off this earthly body, just as Jesus did, we will also receive our resurrected body as Jesus did. We take off the mortal cloak of our fleshly body and take on our immortality in our new resurrected body.
When we pass from this life into eternity, we are immediately in the presence of Jesus. 100% of people who had a near death experience and went to heaven, did not want to come back to earth, and were upset that Jesus sent them back, but ultimately knew that they had work to do on earth to get the message out that Heaven is real, and Jesus is the only way to get there. The same goes for those who died and went to hell, the difference is they were grateful for a chance to come back to earth and tell a similar story, hell is real and knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the only way to heaven.
Many of you who knew Billy, understand the phrase “to know him, was to love him”. The good news for us is that Billy is alive! I am truly excited for him; he is getting into all kinds of kingdom fun, and he is making friends up there just like he did down here.
If you want that same confidence and peace about where you will spend your eternity, it’s very simple. Matt 18:3 “Humble yourself as a child” and follow the A, B, C’s of salvation-
A-admit you are a sinner,
Romans 3:10 “There is none righteous, no not one,”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
B-believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose again after 3 days,
John 3:16 “for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only begotten Son, that whosoever, believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. “
C- call upon the name of the Lord
Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 2, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Woodsboro, Texas, with Pastor Jordan Newberry officiating.