Funeral service for deceased Big Stone Gap officer Michael Chandler

BIG STONE GAP, Va. (WJHL) – Funeral arrangements for Big Stone Gap police officer Michael Chandler have been released.

According to the Holding Funeral Home, Inc. obituary, Chandler’s family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 3-7 p.m. at the Wise County Convocation Center on the UVA Wise campus.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will attend Chandler’s funeral at 7 p.m., according to a schedule released by the governor’s office.

Northam released the following statement in response to Chandler’s death:

Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael Chandler who was killed [November 13] in the performance of their duties. Mike was a dedicated public servant, a devoted husband and father, and a trusted member of the Big Stone Gap community. Like law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth, he put his life on the line every day in service to his fellow Virginians. And at just 29, he made the ultimate sacrifice.

Governor Ralph Northam

News Channel 11 will broadcast the service live on Facebook and WJHL.com.

The funeral service will follow visitation and feature special speakers. These speakers include:

  • Virginia Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares
  • Chuck Slemp, Commonwealth Attorney
  • Big Stone Gap City Manager Steve Lawson
  • Members of law enforcement

The obituary also indicates that the bagpipes will be played for Chandler’s family.

A procession to the cemetery is due to start at 9 a.m. from Bullit Park and is expected to leave at 11 a.m. Those wishing to pay their respects are asked to line the sidewalks along the path to the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

Funeral services scheduled for Nov. 18 will be limited to family and emergency personnel.

Chandler’s carriers will be fellow police officers and firefighters.

The obituary describes Chandler as having been “an active outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and the beautiful mountains in our area.” He also says he joined the Big Stone Gap Police Department in 2019 and the Big Stone Gap Fire Department in 2015.

Chandler is survived by his wife and daughter, as well as other immediate family members, according to the obituary.

Chandler died Saturday night at Johnson City Medical Center after being shot and left in a ditch following a wellness check.

A procession for Chandler traveled through much of southwestern Virginia on Monday as his body was brought back to Big Stone Gap from the Roanoke autopsy site.

Virginia State Police reported that Michael Donivan White, 33, of Big Stone Gap, is in custody following the fatal shooting.

Details of the arrest are limited, but the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office told News Channel 11 that updates would be released in the coming days.

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