Robert Randall Chancey Sr., 65, Social Circle, died July 1 at his home with family and friends by his side. Mr. Chancey suffered a grueling nine-year battle with leukemia. He was born in Loganville in 1942 and lived in the Youth community until he married in 1961 and moved to Social Circle. Mr. Chancey loved the land and at an early age helped his family with work on the farm. After leaving Loganville High School, he went to work at Chamberlain in Monroe and later at Fulton Bag and Paper in Decatur, where he soon realized indoor work was not for him. He then worked on a framing crew for his father-in-law Leroy Hollis where he learned the ins and outs of the building business. He became a well known builder and master carpenter, working in Walton, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties and Kennesaw Mountain and Stockbridge for over 40 years. He worked with Boyce Hollis Builders, Sargent and Sons Builders and Dozier Properties. He was the owner of Chancey Construction. His knowledge of farming enabled him to plant his garden every year and reap a plentiful harvest - much of which he shared with family and friends. He was much appreciated for his tomatoes. His other interests were classic and antique cars; he was the proud owner of several. His great enjoyment of antique John Deere tractors was apparent in the many parades and shows he participated in until his declining health prevented it. He was preceded in death by his father William Troy Chancey. He was much loved and respected in his community as was shown by the more than 900 who attended his wake July 2.
Surviving are wife of 46 years Ann Hollis Chancey; son and daughter-in-law Robert R. (Robby) Jr. and Kathy Chancey of Buford; daughter and son-in-law Luann and Lesley Everett of Social Circle; mother Berdie (Betty) Chancey Ouzts of Social Circle; grandchildren Dane Chancey, Megan Chancey, Cory Everett, Cole Chancey and Abby Everett; brother and sister-in-law Cortney and Juanita Chancey of Gratis; sisters and brothers-in-law Pat and Jim Whitley of Monroe, Serita and Chappie Tift of Tifton; sister-in-law Polly Cox of Social Circle; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law John M. and Jean Hollis of Monroe, Mark and Beverly Hollis of Loganville; best friends Johnnie and Jean Allgood of Social Circle; special friends Tommy and Brenda Pate of Social Circle, Gene and Donnie Everett of Loganville; several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life was held July 3 in the First Baptist Church, Social Circle, where he was a member for more than 34 years. Speakers were long-time friend Bill Clegg, Dr. Bill Tribble, Dr. Tom Rush and the Rev. Jeff Clegg. Interment was in the Social Circle City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Noel Deal, Jerry Evans, Shane Casper, Lance White, Danny Horne and Denny Horne.
The Covington News July 16, 2008