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Obituary: GySgt Kenneth LeRoy “Sarge” Chancellor; Hot Springs


chancellor-001-2GySgt Kenneth LeRoy “Sarge” Chancellor, age 82, of Hot Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at National Park Medical Center.

Mr. Chancellor was born on Nov. 10, 1934, to the late Pauline (Ward) and Leonard LeRoy Chancellor. His mother died in a car accident when he was 11 years old and Leonard remarried the late Vida (Davis) Chancellor. He was preceded in death by a step-brother Ronald Garner.

Kenneth married the love of his life, Bobbie Mac Garner on Dec. 5, 1969, and they lived happily together for 36 years before she preceded him in death.

He retired from the Marine Corps in 1974 after serving 21 years. He then began a career with the VA Hospital in Little Rock where he retired after serving for 31 years.

Mr. Chancellor had a distinguishing career. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/4, Good Conduct Medal w/5, Expert Pistol Badge, Sharpshooter Rifle Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Unit Award), United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal while in the Marine Corps.  Mr. Chancellor also won numerous awards while serving veterans at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He dearly loved the United States and proudly served it and its veterans for more than 50 years and his daughters are extremely grateful for and proud of his service.

He is survived by: two daughters and sons-in-law, Thomas and Edie Yates of Donaldson, Ark., and Gary and Alvarene Welch of Dierks, Ark.; five grandchildren, Sarah, and her husband, Dakota Watts of Hot Springs, Joshua Welch of Dierks, Emily Yates of Donaldson, Megan Welch of Dierks and Whitney Yates of Donaldson; one sister and brother-in-law, Ed and Linda Coleman of Maryland; a step-sister and step-brother-in-law, Chad and Mary Jo Harrgett of Georgia; several nephews, nieces, cousins, patients and friends.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs, with Bro. Gary Welch officiating.

Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Gene Austin, Joshua Welch, Edward Coleman, Melvin Portillo, Tommy Welch and Forrest Powell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. J. Scott Erwin, the staff of Hamilton West Family Medicine and the staff of National Park Medical Center.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.