Edna B. Chesnutt
Edna B. Chesnutt
  • March 4, 1914 - June 20, 2016
  • Apison, Tennessee

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Edna Myrtle Beatty Chesnutt of Apison, Tennessee, passed away June 20, 2016 at her home.

For the past 102 years, family and friends have been privileged to have known and shared the warmth and gentle kindness of Edna Beatty Chesnutt.

Edna was born March 4, 1914 in Didsbury, Alberta, Canada, to Charles Vernon and Ebba Linnea Ragnhild Ekeblad Beatty. She and her siblings were reared in Granger, Washington. Edna came to Collegedale and attended Southern Junior College. It was during this time that she met her future husband, W.H. "Shed" Chesnutt of Apison.

Edna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Apison Seventh-day Adventist Church where she served as clerk and pianist for many years. She was employed as the secretary at Apison Elementary School. She also played piano for several area churches, including the Apison Methodist Church for many years, retiring at age 94. In addition to her talent as a musician, she was also an excellent seamstress, enjoyed all forms of needlecraft, and shared these God-given talents with family and friends. She loved to spend time in her flower garden.

While she was welcomed to the area by her new family, she always had a desire to know more about the family she had left behind. With the help of her children & grandchildren, she was able to accomplish this dream with trips to Sweden, Canada, West Virginia, Iowa, and California.

She is preceded in death by her husband William Hugh "Shed" Chesnutt; son Charles Eddie Chesnutt; sister Vera Beatty (William) Clark, brother F. Evert (Alberta) Beatty; and in-laws Lloyd (Louise) Chesnutt, Edna "Peggy" Poe, Thelma (George) Jennings, Charles "Jack" (Dot) Chesnutt, Edward Doyle "Doodle" Chesnutt, and Mary Marcella "Bunt" Farmer.

Edna leaves to cherish her memories her daughter Wanda Carter of Buford, Georgia; daughter-in-law Phyllis Chesnutt of Ooltewah, Tennessee; granddaughters Lisa (Bart) Wilder of Maryville, Tennessee, Stephanie (Chan) Parker of Atlanta, Georgia, Jenifer (John) McKnight of Buford, Georgia, & Vicki (Greg) Boring of Chattanooga, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Eli & Chelsea Wilder, Sean & Caitlin McKnight, Luke, Lacey, & Allyssa Boring; sisters-in-law Betty (Jack) Stone and Polly Chesnutt; nieces & nephews Ann Cilente, Linda (Russell) Ayers, Donna (Lonnie) Sizemore, Cheri Perry, Richard (Sherry) Chesnutt, Randall (Sherry) Chesnutt, Jack (Susie) Stone, Dale (Darlene) Clark, and their children as well as several cousins.

She was truly a gentle soul who served her God throughout her life and was known to all for her beautiful smile.

She has been a blessing to and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home and the funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with Rev. Todd Chancey officiating.

Interment will follow at Plowman Cemetery with Bart Wilder, Chan Parker, John McKnight, Greg Boring, Eli Wilder, Luke Boring, and Sean McKnight serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be her close friends, Rex Parton and Everett Palmiter.

Donations may be made to honor her memory to the School Fund of the Apison Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11421 Bates Road, Apison, TN 37302, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.