On June 24, 2014, Edna Early Thomas Chandler, age 93, departed this earthly world to be embraced by her Lord and Family in Heaven. She was the family genealogist before she, or most people, even understood the meaning of the word. She started taking notes as a young girl, when she visited with those who had served in the Civil and First World Wars. She was glad to share her notes with others in the family and numerous societies of which she was a member. Her genealogical work, done well before the age of the Internet, was an inspiration to all who knew her, and many who will enjoy and benefit from her laborious research for generations to come.
Named as First Life Member of the Goshen, Ohio Historical Society, she also was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American revolution, Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, The Royal Bruce Society, National Huguenot Society, First Families of Tennessee, Society of Boonesborough, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Sovereign and Regal Court Colonial Order of the Crown Family of the Bruce Society in America, Order of Washington, National Society Magna Charta Dames, Americans of Royal Descent, Most Noble Order of the Garter, Plantagenet Society, and she served as President of the Daughters of the War of 1812, and the Grand Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star in Kentucky. Edna was also an important contributor to the book, The Early Families of Knox and Whitley Counties by Cleland Early.
Edna was predeceased by parents, Charles Everett and Bonnie (Coker) Early, and siblings, Claude E. Early, Charles E. Early Jr. and George W. Early. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Eldridge Thomas, and second husband, Curtis Wade Chandler, both of Corbin. She is survived by loving sons James Eldon Thomas and Larry Wayne Thomas, devoted grandchildren Tracy Thomas Varner, DeAnn Thomas O'Toole, Brenton Thomas and Chalee Thomas Stevens; six great-grandchildren, Jack O'Toole, Nicholas O'Toole, Benjamin O'Toole, Miah O'Toole, Ty Stevens, Grace Stevens, and numerous nephews and nieces. Edna held them all as close to her heart as they held hers to theirs. As much as we all loved you, we know you "loved us more'.
Visitation will be held at Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Kentucky on Saturday, June 28 from 11 am to 2 pm. Followed by a funeral service at 2 pm.