|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1950|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 2009|
Jimmy Lynn Chesnut, 59, a lifelong native of Frog Town (a suburb of Morton), died Saturday, August 1, 2009, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Brother Chesnut sustained massive head injuries in an automobile accident on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.
Visitation for Bro. Chesnut was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2009, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Morton and then visitation resumed Sunday evening from 5 p.m. until service time Monday at High Hill Baptist Church in Raleigh.
The funeral was held at High Hill Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Monday with burial in Sims Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Arender, Rev. Paul Smith, Rev. Earl Clark, Rev. Jerry Holmes, Rev. Jim Holcomb and Rev. Clifford Woods officiated the services. Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Morton were in charge of arrangements.
Jimmy Lynn is so well known in central Mississippi not only as a pastor and carpenter but also as an avid and dedicated community activist. Bro. Chesnut had been the pastor of High Hill Baptist Church in Raleigh for twenty years thus making him the longest tenured pastor at one church in Smith County in modern history. While at High Hill Bro. Chesnut led the congregation in a total remodeling of the sanctuary and later a fellowship hall addition. The last loan-note of the church's building program was burned last year. A talented and caring pastor, Bro. Chesnut was dedicated to serving not only his church congregation, but also the youth, elderly and sick in Smith and Scott Counties. He loved to sing and sang with the Leaf River Boys for years until a throat problem forced him to cut back. However, many, many times upon request Jim would still belt out praises to the Lord he loved so much. Bro. Chesnut was honored by Governor Barbour by being asked to be one of the guest ministers at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in January of 2008.
Jimmy Lynn is the current President of the Scott County Livestock Association, a post he has held for twelve years cumulative. His passion for young people and his dedication to preserving rural Mississippi made him one of the most well liked 4-H and Livestock representatives in Mississippi. Jimmy Lynn worked tirelessly to insure that all the livestock competitions in Scott County were organized and orchestrated for the maximum exposure and experience for the youth in the county.
A cattleman and horse lover, Jimmy Lynn has been a member of the Mississippi Cattleman's Association for years. His farm in Frog Town boasts not only pasture horses and cows but his beloved dogs (Buddy, Prissy, Baby Bleau and his daughter's Yorkie, Maggie), Ezzie, the goat and his most prized and dearest horse, Goober who is thirty-six years old. Jim had a passion for John Deere tractors and owns several vintage machines. He was always on the lookout for John Deer products and tractors. He loved to ride horses and was always ready for a trail ride through the hills and dales of Smith County — or anywhere else for that matter. He loved to drive his authentic horse drawn Amish buggy, too.
As mayor of Frog Town, an honorary title bestowed on him by the community at large, Jim served as President of the Sims Cemetery Association and served as a goodwill ambassador for the community.
A talented carpenter, Jim has built and remodeled houses, barns and other properties all over central Mississippi. One of his most dear accomplishments was the remodeling last year of "Zach's House", a house for abused women, in Jackson.
Jimmy Lynn has been included in Who's Who Among Young Men in America and been a Master Mason of Morton Lodge 254 since 1973.
Jim is survived by his mother, Betty Frances Chesnut; wife, Laura Everett Chesnut and his children, Jimmy Neal of Sylacauga, AL, Lynn Dean and his wife Cindy, his daughter Krista Necole Franklin and her husband Sean of Morton, and a daughter Brittney Muriel McCurdy and her husband Ben of Morton, and aunt Roxie Pierce of Kerville, Texas, and an uncle Bobby Madison of Morton and a cousin, Judy Lewis also of Morton, as well as many nieces and nephews.
His grandchildren are Scottie McCraney, Kaylon McCraney, Anna Claire Chesnut, Robert Lynn Chesnut, Hallie Rivers McCurdy and soon to arrive GemmaLynne Franklin. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Massey Chesnut and his granddaughter Allison "Stormie" Chesnut.
The Scott County Times
High Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Moriana L.
Record added: Aug 07, 2009
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