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For more than a generation, Dixon native Tommy Chandler helped to define the face of criminal justice in Crittenden, Union and Webster counties, as an attorney, prosecutor and judge. Chandler passed away on Thursday due to complications of COVID-19.

Born on May 31, 1937 to Beckham and Mary Irene Chandler of Dixon, Chandler joined the U.S. Army National Guard in Providence, being activated in 1961. After attending Evansville College and Murray State University, he graduated first in his class from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1965 and immediately opened a law practice back home in Webster County.

During his career, Chandler served as the Webster County School Board Attorney, Providence City Attorney, Webster County Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and Commonwealth Attorney, before being elected to the bench as Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, representing Crittenden, Union and Webster counties.

Chandler retired during his second term on the bench, but continued to serve the community as a member of the state Personnel Board after being appointed by both Steve and Andy Beshear.

A service for Chandler was held Monday at Providence General Baptist Church.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069