Walter Lee Chestnut, better known as Butch, was the loving husband of Vivian T. Chestnut, father of his beautiful daughter Veronica M. Chestnut and the son of the late Joseph Chestnut Sr. and Mabel McLeod Chestnut. He was born on April 9, 1950 in Oswego and departed this earthly life to be with the Lord on Monday, May 17, 2021, at his home in Wedgefield. Walter was educated in Sumter County Public school and was a graduate of Eastern High School Class of 1970. After graduating high school Walter enlisted in the US Army, where he served honorably for 3 years. Walter enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, fishing and cooking. He was always Handy Dandy “Butch.” Walter confessed his life to Christ and became a member of Clark United Methodist Church; he served in many positions until his health failed. Walter leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Vivian T. Chestnut of 39 years; his daughter, Veronica M. Chestnut, (Rodney); arriving soon his first grandchild, Taylor Noble Chestnut-Sherman; six sisters, Mildred C. Wells (Elias), Helen C. Richardson, Mary Ruth Chestnut, Thomasena C. Wheeler (David), Rebecca Hunt, and Daphne Chestnut; two brothers, Joseph Chestnut, Jr. and Alphonso Chestnut; his aunts, Martha Davis McBride, Dorothy McLeod Myers, Lillian Williams (Isaac), Lillian White, Elease James, Bessie T. James; his uncles, Harry McLeod, Abraham McLeod, LeRoy McLeod (Hattie Mae), Samuel White (Hazelree), Jacob McLeod, Herbert James and a very special cousin, Hattie Mae Brown, along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home from 4:00 until 7:00 p. m., 5765 Opal Lane, Wedgefield. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Raymond F. Cook, Jr., pastor of Clarks United Methodist Church, officiating. The procession will leave from the home at 1:20 p. m. Burial will be in the Clarks United Methodist Church Yard Cemetery, Oswego Highway, Sumter.
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