Billy David Chestnutt, 85, of 199 East Magnolia Lisbon Road, Delway, NC, died on the morning of Tuesday, June 23rd at his home, surrounded by family.
Billy was born on July 26, 1934 in Sampson County. He was the son of the late David Solomon Chestnutt and Pearl Tew Chesnutt of Sampson County and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Daisy Chestnutt; sister, Betty Sue Johnson (Ivey) of Delway, NC; children, Donna Bass (Byron) of Clinton and David Chestnutt (Sylvia) of Garland, NC. He also leaves behind to cherish his memory six grandchildren: Brittainy Gillespie (Dustin), Holly Moore (Derek), Matthew Chestnutt (Morgan), Elizabeth Monroe (Taz), Gabrielle James (Stanton), Caroline Chestnutt and nine great-grandchildren, along with many beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Billy was a man of strong faith. He was an active member of Evergreen Baptist Church for over sixty years. There he was a valued member of the church choir and held the title of deacon emeritus. In addition to his love for the Lord, he was dedicated to ministering to those in need. Open Door Ministries in Delway, NC, was where Billy found much of his joy. During his time, he had the opportunity to minister to many men who were involved in the program, many of which stood by him during some of his most difficult times. Billy cared deeply for each of them and considered many of them as his own. Billy had a contagious smile, and anyone who knew him never walked away without a good laugh. In addition to his love for the Lord and Open Door Ministries, Billy never missed the chance to see his great grandson’s play ball. No matter the season or the weather, you would find him sitting on the bleachers or watching from afar with the windows rolled down. Sunday’s were not only spent at church, but also included family dinners and NASCAR. If for some reason Billy could not watch the race live, he made sure it was recorded along with his favorite past time, Westerns. Billy will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him; because to know him, was to love him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 25th, for the immediate family only, at 11:00 am at Evergreen Baptist Church with Rev. Dustin Gillespie, Rev. Byron Bass and Rev. David Chestnutt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family will thankfully take donations for the ministry at: Open Door Ministries, 199 East Magnolia Lisbon Road, Magnolia, NC 28453.
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