In Memory of



Obituary for Julia Chandler

She did life her way. The sun doesn’t shine as brightly without Julia Annice Chandler, 34, of Hickory, who was taken from us suddenly in a tragic accident on November 16, 2023. Born on December 7, 1988, Julia was described by beloved friends as beautiful, authentic, goofy and the sweet smiling face of unconditional love. She was a best friend to nearly everyone who loved her. She joins her beloved companion dog, Rocco, who crossed the rainbow bridge late this past September.

With her unconventional approach to life, Julia cared for and connected with others in an exceptional way.
Among her many creative tattoos were both a Jedi lightsaber and Voldemort’s wand, embracing both the light and dark elements of her personality and the human experience. Her generosity of spirit extended to a love for all living things, and throughout her life she volunteered at many animal rescue organizations, most recently Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

With a smile that filled a room, Julia was appreciated for her witty, intellectual humor and her incredible artistic talent as a painter. Julia’s family Christmas shirt (made by herself) said, “Santa Believes in Me.” Her family, friends, fans and four-legged companions believe in her, too.

She is survived by her loving parents, Deidra and James Chandler, her sister, Cathryn Chandler, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Chandler, her adoring and beloved niece and nephew, Ruthie and Jack Chandler, her closest friends Rachael and Josh Eerenberg, as well as loving aunts and uncles Grayson and Jennie Beane of Lenoir, Bud and Jane Clark of Gerton NC, and Jim and Becky Spinks of Harrisburg, NC, and many cousins and a legion of chosen family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please check Julia’s Facebook page for updates.
Memorial donations may be made to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Lifeshare Carolina and The Humane Society.