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Chandler Furniture owner remembers his start

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/09/2014 6:34 pm
OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A life in furniture wasn't in the plan, but Walter Chandler couldn't say no to his father.

"We have a long history of being in the furniture business. I'm the fourth generation," said Chandler.

By his mid-twenties, he was already a World War II vet. It was that money earned in the service he would use to help start Chandler Furniture some 65 years ago.

"Had to operate from day to day working as hard as I could work to keep my head above the water," added Chandler.

Chandler's business would grow along with his inventory.

The Chandler name attracted customers from well beyond this north Mississippi town.

"That's what touches me the most is the loyalty of the people who have traded with me all these years," said Chandler.

Tommy Rogers has known Mr. Chandler since 1970. He also happens to be an employee.

"He tries to help anybody he can and does what he can for them and he's been mighty good to me," said Rogers.

The man who is selling what remains of the inventory only met Mr. Chandler recently. His impression.

"Not only a smart businessman, but he loves people," said Mann.

That love he will take with him along with his memories. He has many, including his wedding day.

"All I want to do now is sit back and look at the pictures of all the places I've been, which is all over the world," added Chandler.

Chandler says friends ask him what he plans to do next.

He says a slower pace comes as a relief after working six days a week for more than six decades.

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