Thomas Calvin Chestnutt August 27, 1946 - August 26, 2017
Thomas "Tom" Chestnutt passed away on August 26, 2017, surrounded by family. Tom was a graduate of Mathews High School, class of 1965, and a graduate of Virginia Tech, class of 1969. The proprietor of Chestnutt Bay Furnishings and The Farmhouse, Tom spent 40 years as a purveyor of fine furnishings. The giant yellow chair in front of the Farmhouse grew to be a fixture in the Toano community. Previously, he was employed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and served as merchandise manager for Williamsburg Merchants, including the College Shop, The Christmas Shop, and Madison's. He was an active member of Faith Fellowship Church, Williamsburg, and previously served as a deacon at Greensprings Chapel. He was an avid reader of history and religious texts and a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Chestnutt; his three children, Chris Chestnutt, Viki East (Lann), and Cheryl Bowie; seven grandchildren, Madison Bowie, Dylan Chestnutt, Adam Chestnutt, Peyton Bowie, Tyson East, Jackson East, and Brooklyn East; and two brothers, David Chestnutt and Bob Chestnutt. He was predeceased in life by two other brothers, Fred and Jim Chestnutt.
Tom was known for his kind, generous, and gentle demeanor. He was a loving husband and father and also completed missionary work in Brazil and Israel. He served his community as a member of The Gideons, in the jail ministry, and in the "Vibrant Life" homeless ministries. In addition to serving his community, he served his country by volunteering for both the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. It can truly be said that he gave of himself to others.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at 5:30 PM on Wed. August 30, 2017 at Faith Fellowship Church, 112 Schoolhouse Lane, Williamsburg VA 23188.