SANFORD — Mary Eunice Upchurch Chandler, 85, of Sanford, passed away Monday (02/22/21) at her home surrounded by family.

She was born in Harnett County on Aug. 24, 1935, to Frank Upchurch and Alberta Collins Upchurch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Waylon Royce Chandler; daughter, Kay Chandler Parker; son, Waylon Royce Chandler Jr.; siblings, Edward Upchurch, Bryant Upchurch, Harold Upchurch, Cecil Upchurch, Franklin Upchurch, Ada Harrington, Jeanette Patterson and Joann Roberts. Mrs. Chandler worked many years at Blue Bell.

Mary is survived by her son, Waylon Royce Chandler, III and wife Jennifer of Sanford; daughter, Susan Bryant and husband Billy of Sanford; brothers, Durward Upchurch and wife Faye of Mamers, Bennie Upchurch and wife Kaye of Broadway, Ray Upchurch, and Charles Upchurch and wife Maxine of Broadway; grandchildren, Elizabeth Wicker, Jason Thomas and wife Brandee, Joshua Thomas and wife Angie, and Shannon Patterson and husband J.P.; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Wicker, Abigail Wicker, J.T. Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Kaylee Thomas, Jasten Thomas, Landon Thomas, Michaela Godfrey and husband Nate, Chandler Patterson, Greyson Patterson and Mckinlee Patterson; and one great-great-grandchild, Weston Godfrey.

Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Baptist Church. The funeral service follows at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Scott Yow officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service in Lee Memory Gardens.

Online condolences can be made at www.bridgescameron