Grady L. “Butch” Chestnut Jr.

Published 12:23 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Grady L. “Butch” Chestnut, Jr.  age 62, died  Friday, January 4, 2013 at home surrounded by his immediate family.

Mr. Chestnut was born in Conway, S.C., the son of the late Grady L. Chestnut, Sr. and Sara Elizabeth “Lib” Skipper Chestnut. He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where he was a member of the Brotherhood, helped with Vacation Bible School Public Relations and putting up the church sign messages.

Mr. Chestnut was a boilermaker for 10-plus years and changed careers to the auto parts industry, which he loved and remained in until August 2012. Butch liked talking to people and never met a stranger. In addition, he enjoyed NASCAR, Clemson Football and working in his vegetable garden. Most of all he loved his family and church.

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Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Judy Leviner Chestnut; one son, Christopher Byron Chestnut (Heather) of Landrum, S.C.; one daughter, Georgette Caroline Nichole Chestnut of Manning, S.C.; one sister, Kathy C. King (John) of Conway, S.C.; one brother, Howard Chestnut (Cathy) of Louisville, Ky.; two grandchildren, Darci Olivia Chestnut and Emma Claire Chestnut of Landrum, S.C. A very special mother-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Mae H. Leviner; a special aunt, Miss Jessie Maude Howell and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Lindsay Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery directed by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel.

The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the funeral home.

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