Clara Powell Chandler

clara chandler

October 31, 1932 ~ November 15, 2021

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Clara Powell Chandler, 89, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021.

A Buncombe Co. native, Clara was a daughter of the late L.G. and Daisy Smith Powell. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Margaret Ruby Powell, the Rev. C. Glenn Powell, Ruth Beyler, and Faye Thurlow.

Mrs. Chandler retired from the Asheville City school system with over 20 years of service. Mrs. Chandler was the first white teacher to teach at South French Broad High School in 1965 before integration. She was also a lifelong member of Asheville Wesleyan Church.

Mrs. Chandler is survived by her sons, Richard Jennings Chandler, Jr., and Scott Powell Chandler; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Clara’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, at Asheville Wesleyan Church.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Celebration of Life: December 3, 2021 2:00 pm

Asheville Wesleyan Church
32 Richmond Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

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  1. Ricky and family , I so sorry to hear of your loss of your mom. She taught me all through high School in the business classes. She was one of the best . I have fond memories of her. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  2. My thoughts and prayers to the family of Clara, the nicest and most jovial friend, always happy. She will be missed, but her faith was strong, and she had many friends who will miss her. She made her presence in Asheville as a
    teacher and mentor very strong. I will always respect and admire her, and her ability to teach children in a positive happy way.

  3. We are so sad to hear about Ms. Clara. She was such a sweetheart, and had a bright, sunshiny smile. We loved her, and will certainly miss her. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Very sorry for your loss! I’ve had her on my mind lately & usually when that happens, the person has died. I went thru the obits from Groce today & sure enough, there she was! I’ve been in the Burlington/Elon area for over 41 yrs, but she still holds a VERY special place in my heart! We had some fun times, before I married & moved here! God Bless!

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