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Quentin Keith Chandler, Sr.
September 28, 1970 ~ September 13, 2018 (age 47)
Obituary & Services
On Thursday morning, September 13, 2018, surrounded by family holding hands in prayer, God called our beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend to come home. A good and faithful servant, Quentin obediently reached out to touch the Master's hand and transitioned from this earthly place to be with the Lord. LCDR Quentin Keith "Q" Chandler, Sr. (USN, Ret), was born on September 28, 1970 to Rev. Douglas and Rosa Chandler in Emporia, Virginia. He was the youngest of eight children. Q accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in September 1976 and was baptized at the Baltimore Baptist Church in Emporia. A fervent Christian, he shared the light of his testimony and the love of Jesus wherever he went. A 1988, graduate of Greensville County High School in Emporia, Virginia, Q furthered his education at Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, where he was awarded a basketball scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1993. Q was united in partnership and holy matrimony to the love of his life, Dalayna Gillus, on March 6, 1999. To this union two children were born Quentin, Jr. and Devin. In 1994, Q attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in April 1995; he graduated from flight school in 1996, received the coveted Wings of Gold, and served as a distinguished Naval Aviator for 22 years. While serving as a Reservist, Q flew for Atlas Air, Dynamic Aviation, and in 2015, he received one of the greatest honors of his career: he was selected by Federal Express to fly the MD-11. A life-long learner, he dedicated himself to representing the U.S. Navy and Federal Express as their most skilled and proficient pilot. During his Navy Career, his duty stations included: Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia; NAS Pensacola, Florida; NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida; Navy White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan; and Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, He operated the following aircraft: T-34, C-12, CH-46D, TH-57, and Gulfstream (C-20G/G-4). LCDR Chandler was a decorated officer, receiving the following medals and awards: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, MUC, Navy "E" Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, GWOTEM, GWOTSM, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Ribbons and Naval Flight Officer. After separating from active duty on October 7, 2013, he was recalled in support of Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. Q was dedicated to his family and determined to excel as a pilot, but he absolutely loved the game of basketball! He was always quick to challenge anyone on the court, young as well as seasoned players. A proud father, he also coached his sons in many sports, and loved to watch them play football. He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. Quentin was an active member of Belmont Missionary Baptist Church in Arlington, Tennessee, where he served as Deacon-Elect and a member of the Men of Belmont. He also enjoyed attending and participating in Sunday School. Q was committed to serving God. He touched the live of so many because he truly loved everyone he met. He was a phenomenal man of God who leaves a legacy of kindness, service, devotion and a commitment to living righteously. His beautiful memories will forever be cherished through the lives of his loving wife Dalayna; sons Quentin, Jr. (Sunema) and Devin; his beautiful grandaughter, Zion; faithful and loving parents, Rev. Douglas and Rosa Chandler; siblings, Phyllis Shirley (Michael), Fonda Hines (Mark), Wanda Chandler, Sandra Chandler, Pamela Lee (Rciky), Patricia Johnson (Robert); and Douglas Chandler, Jr. (Angela); mother-in-law, Doretha Epps (James Bernard); father-in-law, Daniel Gillus; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Moore and Darrin Gillus (Angela); nieces and nephews, Chandler, Michael, Jr. Quentin, Kendra, Joseph, Morghan, Kayla, Bobbi, Cameron, Caleb, Eden, Michael, Douglas III, and Elon; and one great-nephew, Chandler, Jr. Q's memories will also be cherished by his great-uncle, Thomas Jones; eleven uncles, eight aunts, and a host of in-laws, cousins and wonderful friends. Q also enjoyed specials relationships with numerous of godbrothers, godsisters, cousins and friend whose encouragement and support meant the world to him. While all of your names are too numerous to mention, you know who you are.