Winford “Spud” Chandler, 73 of Poteau died Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Poteau.
Winford was born Sept. 27, 1938 in Poteau to W.S. and Ethel (Gassaway) Chandler. Winford was an outstanding athlete, even obtaining a full-ride baseball scholarship to Oklahoma State University. After graduating from OSU, Winford took his first job as a successful baseball and basketball coach for the Fort Leonard Wood-Waynesville School System. There he led the Tigers for the next eight years.
In 1966 Spud accepted a coaching position for the Poteau Vikings Junior College ball clubs. Two years later, Winford returned to Fort Leonard Wood-Waynesville school system as athletic director. In 1976, Winford accepted a high school principal position in St. James, Mo. In 1978 Spud moved his family back to Oklahoma and accepted the position of high school principal in Wewoka. In 1981, Winford accepted the superintendent position in Clayton.
Three years later Winford accepted his final position of Assistant Superintendent of Poteau Public Schools, under the direction of Dr. Bert Corr, which he held until his retirement in 1994. He married Carolyn Murfin in 1959 in Cushing. To that union was added five children. Winford was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steve Chandler; grandsons, Mikal Morphis and Colton Samuels.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Murfin Chandler of Poteau; daughters, Kecia Chandler-Johnson and son-in-law, Bradford Johnson of Poteau; Mia Miller of Poteau; Lydia Brown of Fort Smith, Ark., Natasha Samuels of Poteau; daughter-in-law, Charlene Smith of Poteau; mother-in-law, Lavina Quigg of Poteau; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and loved ones.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday July 11, at the Poteau Church of Christ with Bro. Don Cherry and Bob Marchant officiating. Burial will follow at Monroe Cemetery, Monroe.
Pallbearers will be Zach Chandler, Zach Jones, Brad Johnson, Damon Brown, J.D. Cook and Daniel Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Coy Simpson and Randy Lum.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday to visit with relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at Community State Bank where an athletic scholarship fund for Poteau High School students has been established in honor of Winford.
You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
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