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In Memory Of Our Poets

James Earl Chesnutt (1935-2018) - Class Of 1953

James Uriah Chesnutt ("Pop" and "Chip"), age 83, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Pop was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, but lived most of his life in Auburn, Alabama. He was a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama Polytechnic Institute/Auburn University in 1957. He then served honorably as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force stationed in Korea. Following his discharge, he worked as the Test Engineering Manager at Ampex for 37 years. On retirement, he pursued his love of photography and formed Reflections/Chesnutt Photography, shooting hundreds of weddings and events in Auburn and surrounding areas, where he touched the lives of so many. 

He is predeceased by his beloved wife and soulmate of 54 years, Elizabeth Melton Chesnutt ("Grammy"), and his parents, Uriah Chesnutt and Annie Mae Chesnutt. 

Survivors include his current wife, Pauline Wilson Chesnutt of Auburn, Alabama; son, James Chappell (Chip) Chesnutt of Montgomery, Alabama; son, John Russell (Pam) Chesnutt of Montgomery, Alabama; grandson, Jarrett Russell Chesnutt of Auburn, Alabama; brother-in-law, James Russell (Jan) Melton of Wetumpka, Alabama; and niece, Natalya (Michael) Grantham of Deatsville, Alabama, and children, Harlie Lynn and Isabella Marie Grantham. 

A Memorial Service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Auburn, Alabama, on Sunday, September 9, 2018. The family will welcome guests at 1:30 p.m., with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. David Camphouse will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the General Memorial Fund of Grace United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 3125, Auburn, Alabama 36830.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Sept. 6, 2018