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Funeral arrangements finalized for UGA's LeCroy


Photo from the obituary for Chandler Louise LeCroy

By Joe Johnson

The family of Chandler LeCroy has released details of the funeral for the University of Georgia football recruitment analyst who was killed in a weekend car wreck.

UGA Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock also was killed in the Sunday morning wreck on Barnett Shoals Road, and two others affiliated with the football program were injured.

According to an obituary published on Tuesday, funeral services for LeCroy will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Toccoa, and the family will receive friends at the church prior to the service.

LeCroy will be laid to rest by members of the UGA football team and her former high school cheerleading team, who will be acting as honorary pallbearers. She was a former member of the Stephens County High School Competitive Cheer Team. Her family said LeCroy had remained "an active and invested part of the cheer program."

The obituary describes the Toccoa native as someone with a passion for UGA and the Bulldogs.

It says LeCroy graduated from the UGA in 2020 with a master’s degree and was employed with the university’s Athletic Department as a recruiting analyst.

"Chandler loved Georgia Football more than anyone we knew," her family wrote. “She gave up so much of her time to help in recruiting whether that be hosting recruits, using her incredible skills to make cards to send to families, decorating event spaces with her amazing vision and helping plan recruiting days and so much more."

"She had a way of making each and every prospect and their families feel like her own family," the obituary reads. "Her love for the current Georgia football team didn’t go unnoticed. She would spend as many hours a day as she could to the program helping out in any and every way she could."

LeCroy was driving the car that crashed early Sunday morning on Barnett Shoals Road.

According to police, Willock was dead at the scene, and LeCroy died at the hospital.

Offensive lineman Warren McClendon was one of the two other people in the SUV that crashed, but he was not severely injured. He had declared for the NFL draft hours prior to the incident.

Tory Bowles, another football recruitment staff member, was also injured in the crash and she was said to be hospitalized in stable condition.

The deadly crash devastated the UGA community and it sent ripples of sorrow throughout the nation, which had just seen the Bulldogs win a second consecutive national college football championship.

"The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy,” said a UGA release issued after the fatal crash. "Devin and Chandler were two special people who meant so much to the University of Georgia, our football program and our athletic department.”

The football team celebrated its National Championship victory on Saturday with a parade and ceremony inside Sanford Stadium.

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