Mr. Larry "Digem" Chesnut, 53, of Leesburg, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of his parents at 130 County Road 201, Leesburg, with the Rev. John Raley officiating. Burial will follow at the family cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence this evening.
The family will receive flowers, or memorials may be made to the family, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Humane Society and North Shore.
Nephews and friends, as well as Pemco employees, past and present, will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers are Donald Rhea and Debbie, Dr. Andrew Cordover, Christie and staff, Dr. Shah and staff, Dr. Shelly Gilbreath and staff, Dr. Standart, Debra and staff, Dr. Varley and staff, Dr. Kabir and staff, Dr. Jennifer Alverson and staff, Dr. Roger Nichols and all his Facebook friends.
Mr. Chesnut is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia "Lula" Reed Chesnut; brother, James (Carol) Chesnut; sisters, Laura Mae (Jim) Lankford, Mary Jane (Mark) Tidwell; uncle, J.W. (Frances) Gwin; aunt, Betty Chesnut; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Wayne Reed, Judie Ann (Hubert Bailey) Reed, Jeanette (Jerry) Kiser, Wilburn Sherrill (Donna) Reed, Verna Kay (Bobby Joe) Henderson, Elaine (John) Raley, Vickie Reed and Becky Reed, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by in-laws, Charles and Mary Reed; sister-in-law, Clara Sue Reed; brothers-in-law, Arlon Reed and Deaner Reed Sr.
Mr. Chesnut was a native of Cherokee County, the son of the late Eldon and Vedie Mae Chesnut, and was employed at Pemco Industries.
Larry loved to hunt and seemed to be lucky enough to harvest the most "unusual" wildlife around. He loved and had a heart for his family pets, many of which had been orphaned. Larry had a heart also for the elderly, children and unfortunate. He would be one of the first to show up when there was a need. He enjoyed cooking and canning, and taking care of his wife, Patricia.
Larry loved to pull pranks and enjoyed nothing more than to laugh about it. Larry was serious about his work and loved his job. He considered his co-workers part of his family. Friends turned to him for advice and opinions, knowing he would hold info in the deepest confidence.
He got his nickname "Digem" from Larry Tucker and Dianne Duncan, and carried it proudly.
Perry Funeral home is directing.www.perryfuneral.net.