Ray Chestnutt

January 16, 1928 - February 18, 2016
Ray Chestnutt

Ray Chestnutt, 88, left his Wilmington home on February 18, 2016 for a heavenly family reunion. Those waiting to welcome him were his parents, Cecil and Effie, his beloved wife Emily, brothers Elbert, Norwood, Davis and Howard, and sisters Edna Lockfaw and Catherine Perdue.

He was born January 16, 1928 in Magnolia, North Carolina. After serving in the Navy, he moved to Wilmington where he was a barber for many years before joining General Electric in 1972 and retiring in 1993. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 26 years, Frances C. Chandler Chestnutt, his son Michael and his wife Marilyn, daughter Myra Rochelle and her husband David, beloved grandson Evan Rochelle, sister Elizabeth Baker of Kinston, and step-sons Billy and Michael Chandler. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he deeply loved.

He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Ray was a genuine man who cared deeply for his family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or the charity of one’s choice. Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking the “Sign Guest Book” tab below.

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  • February 20, 2016
    James Baker says:
    Uncle Ray was always very kind to me. I have fond memories of times together in Magnolia and at family reunions in Rosehill. I will always remember his smile and words of encouragement - I will miss him.

  • February 20, 2016
    Tom Inksetter says:
    Ray Chestnutt, a fine gentleman who I am proud to have known.

  • February 21, 2016
    Billy Powell says:
    Mike and Myra, so sorry for your loss, have many memories of your dad, considered him a great man who surely will be missed.