Ottis Homer Chestnut Jr

August 20, 1951 - June 14, 2022
Ottis Homer Chestnut Jr

Ottis “Homer” Chestnut Jr. 70, of Wilmington passed on Tuesday June 14, 2022. He was born on August 20, 1951 to the late Ottis Homer “Pappy” Chestnut and Mary Allene “Granny” Chestnut. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister Peggy Ann Chestnut.

Upon graduation from New Hanover High School, Homer settled into a 42-year career with DuPont/DAX where he shared his love of sports and the surrounding ocean with friends and co-workers. As a licensed captain, Homer enjoyed navigating the local waters in search of prize-winning fish, as well as sharing his oceanic knowledge through dive charters. Sports were always a joy to Homer, whether he was participating, coaching, or simply watching on TV. His spirit of adventure took him traveling to interesting places, sometimes on a whim, and he continued to seek interesting things through the thrill of the hunt on antique and collection websites. He enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and family through Facebook and his community through the daily newspaper. While Homer was a seeker of fun and interesting activities, his heart belonged to his family, the love he carried for his family was so great, you could see it in his eyes when he spoke of or looked at them. The brightness of Homer’s spirit will be missed, but his legacy will carry on through the reciprocated love of his family. We will never let his light fade.

He was a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife Debbie Chestnut, children Wendy Knox (Joe), Ottis “Duff” Chestnut (Jaime); brother Gary Chestnut, sister Wanda Snow (Charles), grandchildren, Gage Chestnut (Angel), Alex Canaday, Tyrzah Hamby, Sidney Chestnut, Merritt Chestnut, Rachel Lysne (Mikkel), Joseph Knox (Journey), Jesse Knox and seven great grandchildren.

The family will receive guests from 11:00 to 11:30am on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Wilmington Chapel. A celebration of Homer’s life will begin at 11:30am. There will be a time of sharing, the family ask you bring your favorite story of Homer.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Saving Dogs 4 Betty’s Sake in honor of Homer, by clicking here.


Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 25, 2022
11:00 AM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • June 26, 2022
    Debbie Williams says:
    Oh Debbie, I was so sorry to hear this. You and the family are in my prayers. Please reach out if you need me for anything. Debbie Williams

  • June 26, 2022
    Lori Richardson says:
    So sorry to hear your news. My thoughts are with you. Love, Lori Richardson

  • June 26, 2022
    ANN P HUDSON says:
    Debbie and family, Sending heartfelt condolences on the passing of Homer, may the many memories of your years together bring solace at this time. Ani Hudson

  • June 24, 2022
    Dwight Crainshaw says:
    My earliest memories of Homer was playing softball in the Dupont league with him.and his friend Cookie As the “Oldman “ they let me hang around We worked together in the Dupont powerhouse At night we shared our favorite stories usually embellished Getting better every time they were told May God bless the family during this trying time

  • June 24, 2022
    Erin Newton says:
    He was one of the most amazing people I have ever met and so is his family!!! Thank you so much for the impact you made and I gave Sampson (my dog) a hug just liked you asked from you!