Earl was the 3rd male child born to William Clark Chandler(3/17/1883-7/18/1949) and Clara Bell Darnell Chandler(4/26/1887-11/29/1959). He spent most of his early life in Alabama and Georgia. He married Ellie Bragan and they had at least two children together. Robert Earl Chandler and Patricia Anne Chandler Wolfe. Some say he did not have a middle name but another story was that he hated it and it was never used or apparently recorded. His youngest sister thought that it may have been "Pate". This compiler has never found it recorded anywhere. Earl`s siblings are;
Elizabeth Alice Chandler Padgett(12/24/1913- 1998)
As a young man he worked with his father and brothers in their automotive business. It was called "Chandler and Sons" and was in Newnan, Georgia. They began before our country`s involvement with the start of WW II. They specialized in frame straightening and body work. When the war started many of these type of businesses went down and eventually where closed. Being of prime draft age and fit for service Earl reported to the Army at Camp Blanding, Florida on Jan. 7th of 1943. He became an engineer and reportedly went to Europe and participated in our D-Day landings in France and the Battle of the Bulge. Not much of his service is known by this compiler but it is hoped to be researched one day soon. He reportedly went through and saw some very bad things in Europe and was haunted by them the rest of his life. After WW II he returned home and settled in Florida like his two other brothers before him. He would never talk about his war experiences. He spent many years in and near Panama City, Florida where I finally met him in 2001. He had worked in the automotive business for many years. At our only meeting he gave me a prototype nusmatic attachment for cutting sheet metal that my grandfather, his older brother, designed for the auto body business. Along with this was some paperwork explaining the application and use of the product. Of coarse the family never got any royalties from Clark`s invention. After Clark`s death he got cheated out of the whole thing as nobody knew or could prove his designing of the attachments. Fighting the large automotive giants would have taken deep pockets which the family did not have and with little proof it was decided to let the debacle go. The family always thought that Clark was set up by some industry or mofia types to steal his invention. The family was always bitter about this loss. More later!