Dorothy Louise Hardy Chesnut

May 6, 1921December 11, 2010

Funeral services will be 2 pm Tuesday at Collier-Butler Chapel for Dorothy Louise Hardy Chesnut, of Gadsden, who went to be with the Lord Jesus on December 11, 2010. Burial will be 3:45 in Gaylesville at Randle Cemetery. The Ministers George Creel, David Murray, and Bo Lloyd will officiate. Collier-Butler Funeral Home will direct. Dorothy's life exemplified love to her heavenly Father, family and friends. She was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi and raised in Hattiesburg. She was an original member of the Dixie Darlings of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received degrees in music and education. She taught at Gaylesville High School and in the Gadsden City Schools where she was honored as Teacher of the Year. She was a beloved member of Gaylesville Methodist and later Christ Central Methodist Church. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The joy of her life was her family. She is survived by children: Robert Webb Chesnut (Vivian), Barbara C. Murray (David), Michael Frank Chesnut (Leslie); one surviving sister, Margaret Hardy Abbott. She will be greatly missed by nine grandchildren: Shannon Fulford, Melissa Garret, Angela Chesnut, Robert Larry Chesnut, Claudia Michele Murray Phillips, Larry Ryan Murray, April Chesnut, Melanie Chesnut, and John Chesnut; five great-grandchildren: Avery Fulford, Dean and Darcy Garrett, Hannah and Paul Allen Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert Landers Chesnut and her son of 19 years, Larry Joe Chesnut. Family members will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers her family requests that donations be given to the Circle K-Larry Joe Chesnut Scholarship Fund: P.O. Box 227 Gadsden, AL 35901-0227. The family will receive friends Tuesday 12:30-2 p.m.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  • Chapel Funeral Service Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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David Kimberley

December 17, 2010


So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one of the most genuinely sweet people I have ever met. A super teacher I will remember my whole life, and just a wonderful person. God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Mrs. Banks

December 15, 2010

Reading many of these messages impressed upon me the importance of loving your family and friends. I want to have a positive influence on others just like Dorothy clearly did.

My sincere prayers go out to all that loved and had the privilege of knowing her.

Byron Smith

December 15, 2010

Mrs. Chesnut was the teacher I most remember from elementary school. She was always there with a smile and an encouraging word. She will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to her family. She will be greatly missed.

December 14, 2010

We have so much enjoyed Dot as our neighbor and will miss her greatly. Our hearts and prayer are with you, her family.
Mike and Barbara McLendon

Regenia Short Stephens

December 13, 2010

Mrs. Chestnut was a great neighbor on Lookout Street. You never saw her that she didn't hve a smile on her face. It is no wonder that she was a great teacher because she always made you feel wanted and loved. The neighborhood will feel a great loss.

December 13, 2010

Barbara and David, so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember her as a sweet and caring person who lived just what she projected. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Rick and Joyce Merkel

Sherri Hatfield Walden

December 13, 2010

Mrs. Chesnut was my 4th grade teacher, and still, all these years later, she remains a treasured memory. She was a wonderful, caring, loving Christian woman. My life is much better today for the influence and impression of this precious woman. May God bless and keep each of you close. Heaven is singing a sweeter song because of her presence. God gave us memeory so we can have roses in winter and Mothers forever. God bless each of you.