Joseph Chandler Kinsey, Jr. (Chandler), born May 20, 1933, died peacefully on December 29, 2021 at Azalealand Nursing Home.
Chandler was born in Savannah, GA, the only son of Joseph Chandler and Gladys Nelson Kinsey. His father was sent to Brazil with Anderson Clayton Co. While they lived there, Chandler had the honor of meeting Amelia Earhart when she had dinner at his home. They returned to Columbus, MS where he grew up, until entering high school at Druid Hills High in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation in 1951, he went to Clemson College, graduating with a BS degree in 1955, and then entered the Air Force. He became a pilot and served until 1958.
In June of 1958, Chandler married the former Rebekah (Becky) Duncan of Anderson, SC. They have three children. He retired to Tybee Island GA in 1997 after a long career in the iron and steel business in Atlanta. He joined Trinity Chapel UMC and became very active in many areas of the church especially active in the choir and the Staff Parish Committee. He and Becky also became active in the duplicate Bridge Club at WIC. They both loved playing Bridge with friends.
In addition to his wife, Becky, Chandler leaves behind his daughter, Cathy (Paul) Crafton of Kennesaw, Ga; his son, Chandler III of Savannah, Ga; and his son, David (Clare) of Savannah, Ga. A treasure in his life was his grandchildren: Laura Crafton, Matthew (Audrey) Crafton, Mark (Katie) Crafton, and Joseph Kinsey. Teaching them to play tennis was a real joy. He and all of them built great sand castles!!
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church on Tybee Island on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.. A private memorial graveside will be held at Greenwich Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a donation to Trinity Chapel UMC in Chandler's memory.
It hurts me to hear of Chandler's death. He was my friend. Chandler and my wife Karen sang in the choir together. Karen and I loved Chandler and Becky. There are no words to express my profound condolences at such a hurtful time. I continue to pray.
- Curtis Albert Veal, Jr., savannah, GA
Chandler was a kind and joyful man. He loved his family and his church. I will miss his special humor and laugh. Until we meet again friend.
- Juli and John Zopf, Tybee island, GA
Chandler was one of the finest Christian gentlemen we have ever known. We were privileged to be his friends and will miss him dearly. Love, Ric and Roxy Hogan
- Roxy and Ric Hogan, Tybee Island, GA
We have lost one of the finest people that I have ever known. Having been close friends during high school Chandler and I worked together for many years. He and Becky were the most outstanding couple that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Their dedication to the things that matter was something to behold. I just regret that we were not able to be closer in recent years.
- Robert Kimsey, Dunedin , Florida
Chandler had one of the most engaging and optimistic personalities I have had the privilege of knowing. We shared many conversations over the years about Clemson. He was a fine gentleman and will be missed. Ron & Paula Walker
- Ron & Paula Walker, Tybee island, GA
Chandler was one of the kindest people we ever met. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our deepest condolences to Becky and her family. Dick and Stephanie May, Savannah, Ga.
- Dick and Stephanie May, Savannah, Ga.
Chandler was a wonderful man who loved the Lord and shared his faith in many different ways. He shared his faith with me through music. I am so blessed to have served with Chandler and Becky at Trinity Chapel. I am in prayer for the entire Kinsey family and the congergation at Trinity Chapel.
- Justin Davis , Jasper, GA
Thinking about the entire family. We have sent a donation to Trinity Chapel UMC.
- The Curt Kovash Family, Moorhead, MN
Dear Kinsey Family, I just learned of Chandler's passing and am so sorry I missed the memorial service. Had I known in time, I would certainly have been there. My heart goes out to all of you. He always had such a nice warm smile, a kind presence, and a joy to be around.
- Venetia Butler, Tybee Island, GA