Dec. 7, 1926 - April 24, 2014
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Peggy Odom Chesnut, 87, of Gaylesville, died in Redmond Hospital, Rome, Ga., on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Her death came as the result of complications related to a long illness. Her family was present at the end of this life and she passed peacefully into the next.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. today at the Perry Funeral Home Chapel, Centre, with the Rev. John Mullaney officiating. Burial will follow in Randle Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 until 3 p.m. today.
Peggy, or "Peg" as she preferred her grandchildren to call her, was born Dec. 7, 1926, the youngest child of Walter C. and Maude Odom of Fairfield. After high school, she attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She met her future husband, Clarence Chesnut Jr., when he, while a student at Birmingham-Southern College, boarded with Peggy's sister, Elaine, and her husband, Billy Jim Wilson. Peggy and Clarence were married on Nov. 21, 1948, and she became a resident of Gaylesville.
Peggy was an avid reader and loved classical music. She was a member of Gaylesville Methodist Church until its close and served the Church with her faithful presence and willingness to serve on many administrative boards and committees. Perhaps her greatest service was to the other members of the congregation who had the good fortune to hear her singing as a member of the choir and as a soloist. She was blessed with a beautiful voice and shared this gift freely with the Church and individuals as a soloist at weddings. Most importantly, she was a devoted mother to her four sons, taking on the role of single parent after the untimely death of her husband.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Chesnut Jr.; her brother, Walter L. "Buck" Odom; and her sister, Janice L. Bacon.
She is survived by her sister, Elaine Wilson of Birmingham; four sons, Richard Chesnut and his wife, Betty, of Huntsville, Randy Chesnut and his wife, Mary, of Gaylesville, Danny Chesnut and his wife, Jana, of Centre, and Tim Chesnut and his wife, Angela, of Coosa, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Patrick, Lauren, Kate, Stephen, Claire, Julia, Abigail and Lillian; and six great-grandchildren, Caroline, Patrick, Anna Louise, Ruth, James Ellis and Betsy.
The family wants to recognize and give special thanks to Dr. Ritu Khurana and the staff of Harbin Clinic Dialysis Center of Summerville and Rome, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Camp Sumatanga or the United Methodist Children's Home.
She fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she kept the faith.
PERRY FUNERAL HOME, INC
1611 EAST BYP
Centre, AL 35960
Published in The Gadsden Times from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2014