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John Chancellor (12-17-20) service 12-20-20

Lt. Colonel John Murphey Chancellor, 76, peacefully passed away at Jackson Madison General Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 17, of natural causes.
John Chancellor was born on May 7, 1944, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The family was stationed there in WWII, and the entire family would later return to their family and friends in Macon, Mississippi.
He graduated from Noxubee High School and then went on to East Mississippi Junior College to play football for the well- known coach, Bull Sullivan. He continued his education at Mississippi State where he graduated, and after his Vietnam tour of duty he would later receive an MBA from the University of Alabama.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1967 and ended his military career in 1993 with the Air National Guard. As a fighter pilot flying the F-4 Phantom he flew more than 100 missions in Vietnam and received the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.  He then worked at W.P. Chancellor and Sons until he retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tinky and Tiny; as well as his twin brother, Don; and sister-in-law, Diane Chancellor.
He is survived by his wife Jeanette; his siblings, Poo Chancellor and his wife Gloria, Mary Ann Walker and her husband Sparky; and his two children John Chancellor Jr. and Callie Zaugg. Son John has four children: Lauren Chancellor Daly and her husband DJ, Leah Chancellor McKenzie and her husband Matthew, Kelsey Chancellor Baeza and her husband Isaac, and John Chancellor III “Chase” and his wife Caitlin. Daughter Callie and her husband Todd have three children: Chancellor, Peyton and Rainey. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Trey Daly, Graycen Daly, Luke Daly, Nora Mckenzie, Murphey McKenzie and Colle McKenzie.
Some of John’s greatest loves were his country, flying, hunting, registered Labrador retrievers, good food, football, Christmas, and the annual Chancellor Beach family reunion.  John Chancellor, half of “Double Trouble”, known to some just as “Twin” will be greatly missed.
A family graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 20, in Macon, Mississippi, at Oddfellows Cemetery with Rev. Don Chancellor presiding. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Macon, P.O. Box 162, Macon, Mississippi 39341, Pickwick United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 28, Counce, Tennessee 38326 and The Maine Military Museum, 27 Kavanaugh Rd., Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064, ATTN: Lee Humiston.
Cockrell Funeral Home of Macon, Mississippi is honored to be entrusted with arrangements.