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Hal Wayne Chestnutt

May 16, 1950 ~ August 22, 2019 (age 69)
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Funeral services for Hal Wayne Chestnutt, age 69 of Clarkesville will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Hills Crossing Baptist Church.  Rev. Gene Chestnutt, Rev. Walter Singletary, Rev. David Stancil and Asst. Chief Kevin Sprinkle will officiate with interment to follow in the church cemetery with military honors.

Mr. Chestnutt passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Born in Sylvester, Georgia on May 16, 1950, Mr. Chestnutt was the son of the late Sam L. and Wynell C. Howell Chestnutt.  He graduated from Tift County High School and earned an AA Degree in Wildlife from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and BA Degree in Psychology from Piedmont College.  Mr. Chestnutt was a United States Army Vietnam Era Veteran and was stationed at Camp David and was a fire fighter and chaplain with Clarkesville Fire Department with over 20 years of loyal service.  Mr. Chestnutt was the retired Manager of Lake Burton Hatchery and Regional Stock Coordinator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division.  He was a member of Hills Crossing Baptist Church where he was past Deacon Chair and Sunday School Teacher, Mission Trip Coordinator and was a RA leader and Audio Technician.  Mr. Chestnutt spent many years coaching, refereeing and umpiring with Habersham County Athletics and he was an avid woodworker. In addition to his parents, Mr. Chestnutt is preceded in death by a brother David Chestnutt and father in law Rev. Gerald Miller.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Tawanda Sue Miller Chestnutt, son Hal Wayne “Murphy” Chestnutt, Jr. ( fiancé Jennifer French) of Toccoa son and daughter in law Don M. and Rachel Chestnutt of Canton, mother in law Leo Miller of Clarkesville, brothers Rev. Gene Chestnutt (Lynn) of Phenix City, AL, Terry Chestnutt (Vicki) of Valley, AL, Drew Chestnutt (Debbie) of Sylvester and Brian Chestnutt (Leigh) of Warner Robbins, brothers in law Dewayne Miller (Cindi) of Mississippi, Bobby Miller (Margie) of North Augusta, SC and Tommy Miller of North Augusta, SC, sister in law Darnell Miller of North Augusta, SC, granddaughters Erin Chestnutt, Hallie Chestnutt and Ella Chestnutt, great granddaughter Lilah McKay, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 PM and from 6-8 PM on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

An online guest book is available at

Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, Georgia (706) 754-6256

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