Jordine "Jerry" Chesshir McNutt

July 28, 1931November 23, 2018
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Jordine “Jerry” Chesshir McNutt passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018, in Searcy, Arkansas. She was born at home on July 28, 1931, in Corinth, Arkansas. She was the third child of the late Walker Jordan and Ruth McClure Chesshir.

She had the pleasure of attending Corinth School for the first and second grades, and she completed her schooling in Nashville Public Schools, graduating from Nashville High School in 1949. She took a sabbatical from her education at Harding University to work at Southern Christian Children’s Home in Morrilton, Arkansas. Upon returning to Harding, she met Jack McNutt. Their romance continued even when Jerry returned home, upon her mother’s death, to help her brother, Bill, graduate from high school.

Jerry and Jack married on August 19, 1955. She worked in the Alumni Office at Harding while Jack finished his bachelor’s degree. In August of 1956, they moved to New York City, where Jerry worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, while Jack was in graduate school. In 1957, they returned to El Dorado, Arkansas, where Jerry worked for American Oil as a cashier in the Payroll Office.

She quit work at American Oil in September 1964, and went to the World’s Fair in New York City with Jack and his sister and brother-in-law, Ethelyn and Scottie English. Upon her return to El Dorado, she stayed home as a wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Evelyn Chesshir Brooks and Nelda Chesshir Hawley, and her brother, James William Chesshir.

Survivors include her husband Jack W. McNutt of Searcy, AR; one daughter Marsha McNutt Hendricks and husband Michael of Searcy, AR; grandchildren Emma Ophelia Hendricks and Walker Bennett Hendricks of Searcy, AR; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Christian Children’s Home, Morrilton, Arkansas.

Visitation will be Friday, December 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Young’s Funeral Home in El Dorado, AR.

A visitation will be held at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville, AR, on Sunday, December 9, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., with funeral services to follow in the Chapel of Latimer Funeral Home. Interment will be held immediately following at New Corinth Cemetery.

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  • Jay Chesshir
  • Dave Hawley
  • Fred Langford
  • Scotty Minter
  • David Ponder
  • Gary Richards


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jordine "Jerry" Chesshir McNutt

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Mandi Merritt-Chapin

December 7, 2018

I have always loved seeing Mr. Jack and Mrs. Jerry every time I go home to Hillsboro because I have known them all my life. When I moved to Little Rock and married, had children...moved away then moved back to Little Rock and have regularly attended Central Church of Christ (used to be Barrow Road), imagine my surprise when on a Sunday my parents were visiting my dad was like...,"I'm going to talk to these old folks over here" and starts pointing to the back of my church. My dad usually never knows anyone but a few people at my church but there they were...Jack and Jerry ready to greet my "old man" Kenny Merritt with a happy smile as if they saw a piece of home in a place they needed to see home too. They were there visiting a friend but they had more friends than any two people I know because they were/are just always the two nicest people ever and that's how I will always remember them. I hope to be remembered like them but I know there are just no two people as amazing as Jack and Jerry McNutt. This world is a better place because of them.

Angela Breazeal

December 7, 2018

Ms. Jerry was a lovely lady who showed grace and kindness to all. She and Mr. Jack opened their home to so many visitors while they lived in London; I will never forget the incredibly generous hospitality they showed when I visited them in London with Letha Brooks in 1973. Mr. Jack, Marsha, and the rest of the family remain in my thoughts and prayers

Sarah & J.T. Voss

December 6, 2018

Our sympathy and love to all the family.

Terry & Betty Williams

December 5, 2018

Sorry for your loss our Prayers are with you.