Notable Passing – Former Transportation Director & Auto Mechanics Teacher For Watauga Schools Passes

Last Updated on July 9, 2015 9:29 pm

A former Transportation Director & Auto Mechanics teacher for Watauga County Schools passed away this week.

Robert “Bob” Harold Chandler passed away on Tuesday at the age of 66.

Toni Floyd, former Director of Transportation for Watauga County Schools and current DOT for Craven County Schools, shares with –  “Bob was the type of leader who encouraged people to continue learning and strive for more. I give him credit for leading me to become a transportation director.”

David Scott, former carpentry instructor at WHS, shares with –  “I had the opportunity to work with Bob for two years when I started teaching at Watauga High 25 years ago. He was a very devoted teacher and family man who had a subtle, yet distinct sense of humor. We in the vocational department would often play pranks on each other and Bob would join right in. He sure got the best of me a few times. I am very sad to hear of his passing. My prayers are certainly with his family.”

Arrangements from Pierce-Jefferson Funeral

Robert Harold Chandler, 66, passed away peacefully into the spiritual realm July 7, 2015.

A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held 3:00PM Friday July 10, 2015 at his home.

Bob, as he liked to be called, was the son of the late Ruth Brown and Gordon Chandler who were residents of Lenox, MA.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 39 years Toni Ann Chandler; children Joshua Chandler and his wife Michelle of Knoxville, TN, and Emma Ruth Enscore and her husband James of Kernersville; grandchildren Skylar, Zoe, and Austin Enscore; brothers Richard G. Chandler of Lenox, MA, and Gordon E. Chandler of Carrollton, GA.

He began his work career as a tool and die maker for General Electric Company and later served his country with the United States Navy. In Watauga County, Bob was an Auto Mechanics teacher and then became the County’s school bus transportation director, but the majority of his career was spent as a technical education High School teacher for West Forsyth High School. He also was a Motorcycle Safety Course (MSC) instructor for the State of North Carolina.

Cherished memories of Bob, and for his family, always included family dinners and cookouts, camping and hiking, and visiting relatives in Virginia and Massachusetts. “Heaven on Earth” to him would be snow skiing, riding his motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway, tilling his garden, walking his dog, bicycling, tinkering with his car or motorcycle, and certainly playing with his grandchildren.

To honor his dedication to teaching and learning, a Bob Chandler Scholarship Fund has been established at West Forsyth High School. This Scholarship will go to a deserving student who has been accepted in a Community College to pursue vocational training. If you wish to participate in this fund as a memorial to Bob, please send your donations to: West Forsyth High School, c/o Kim Stiller, 1735 Lewisville/Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC, 27012.

Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at

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