Kelly J. Chesnut, 83, of Oakwood, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at his home.
He was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Danville, the son of Oakley and Ruth (Trimmell) Chesnut.
He married Sharon Fox, and she preceded him in death.
Kelly will be deeply missed by daughter, Priscilla Steinburg; stepson, Scott Bloomfield; stepdaughters, Robin (Tim) Webb, Dawnn Bloomfield and Tammy Bloomfield; grandchildren, Nick Steinburg, Robby Steinburg, Jeff (Amanda) Chesnut, Jennifer Cockrell, Jeremy Chesnut, Heather Chesnut and Matthew Chesnut; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Jeffrey John Chesnut.
Farming was Kelly’s life, growing up on a farm. He had a tremendous work ethic. He was a true gentleman farmer. He worked the fields and recalled his father walking behind a horse and plow before they bought their first tractor. Kelly was known for planting the straightest rows in the area, known as “Corn Row Guy” and “Planter Man” before he retired.
Besides God being first in his life, his family was the most important thing in the world to him. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren so much and was so proud of each of their accomplishments. We can’t forget his dog “Sally,” whom he cherished.
Kelly loved the mountains of Colorado and was able to make many trips there for his leisure time in his lifetime. He loved to fish, Harley motorcycles, airplanes, loved to travel, going to historical events, birds and world news.
A celebration of Kelly’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Oakwood.
Memorials can be made in Kelly’s name to the American Heart Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please join his family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.