OBITUARY

William "Bill" R. Chastain

January 15, 1941January 30, 2012

William (Bill) Russell Chastain passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 30, 2012, after a 6 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Born January 15, 1941, in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was the son of Burrell Claude and Helen Catherine (Parsley) Chastain; and is a direct descendant of Pierre Chastain who immigrated from France to America in 1700. Bill and his family moved from Franklin, Indiana, in 1948 to Orlando where he attended Hillcrest Elementary, Howard Junior High, and Edgewater High School. After high school he attended Orlando Jr. College and was in the Army Active Reserve Unit. The Chastain family started in the restaurant business in the early 1950s and at one time operated three family style restaurants in the Central Florida area, the most recognized was “Chastain’s” on North Orange Blossom Trail. Bill worked in the family business from his early high school days until he retired and sold the property in 1996. Chastain’s was one of old Orlando’s popular eating establishments and was in operation for over 43 years. He was an active member of both the Florida and National Restaurant Associations. Also during this time, he raised 500 head of Black Angus cattle and was a member of the National Angus Association.

Bill was one of the earliest members of Florida Citrus Sports and has remained an active member and bowl scout since 1972. Other memberships included the Citrus Club, the West Orange Country Club, The Orlando Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose, and Brothers of Other Mothers. He was also honored for donating over 17 gallons of blood to the Central Florida Blood Bank throughout his life. Bill was a follower of Jesus Christ and a faithful member of The First Baptist Church of Windermere. He was very active in his Sunday School class and regularly attended a Monday night Bible study class.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dr. Kaye Browning Chastain of Windermere, FL, two daughters, Amanda Chastain Gufford (Charles) and Alison Chastain Brackins (Patrick) both of Orlando, FL, and two grandchildren, Courtney Catherine Gufford and Russell Jackson Brackins. He was looking forward to the arrival of his third grandchild in May 2012, another grandson.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Judith Chastain Woodward, and one daughter, Amy Ellen Chastain.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1st, at the First Baptist Church of Windermere’s Chapel on Oakdale St./5th Avenue. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 2nd, at the First Baptist Church of Windermere’s Downtown Sanctuary, located at 300 Main Street. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Windermere.

Arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd. Gotha, FL 34734. (407)293-1361. Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 2, 2012
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William "Bill" R. Chastain

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Robert Chastain

October 4, 2012

I am Robert L Chastain son of Cletus Eugene Chastain my grandfather was Cletus Chastain as well which was Bill's dad Burrels brother. They all had farms and Burrell and Helen moved to Florida before I was born. But I traveled to Orlando numerous times and got the royal treatment from Burrel and Helen, later on Bill. Bill was a big nascar fan and since I was from Indy I sent Bill a Indy Nascar T shirt. I have menus, ash trays, pens, post cards over the years from them. I even made a sign that hangs in my rec room that duplicates an old Chastains Resturant sign. May Bill rest in peace he was a good guy and his parents were also extra special.

March 2, 2012

so sad to hear of bills passing i will truly miss our little chats we used to have

lynda cvs

March 2, 2012

so sad to hear of bills passing i will truly miss our little chats we used to have

Price Kagey

February 6, 2012

Sad to hear of Bill's passing. Have not seen Bill in years, but enjoyed him during our Howard Jr High days.

February 6, 2012

Kaye,
What a nice photo gallery. The photos help us have wonderful memories. Bill certainly was a cute baby. Kaye, we will keep in touch. Know that you have wonderful support from your family and friends.
Nancy Pavey

Norman Toy

February 5, 2012

With respects, Norman Toy EHS 1958

Nancy Quinn

February 5, 2012

Dear Kaye,
Losing our loved ones is never easy and the closer they are to us the more challenging for us to reorganize our lives without them. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. You have lost your husband but you have the lifetime of memories you shared with each other. These never leave us. Bill was my lifelong friend and I will miss his teasing me at our reunions, asking me about my family members and caring. I know where he is living eternity and I know he is well. May God's blessings be with you in the days ahead. Nancy

Annette Kagey Bonin

February 5, 2012

February 5, 20012
So sad to hear about Bill Chastain!
My love and prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Bill.

Annette Kagey Bonin

February 5, 2012

Kaye, the funeral was very nice and your daughters did a wonderful job speaking about Bill. I am sure he will be missed by many. I have known Bill and his family since Hillcrest Elementary and have many many fond memories of some of the times we had
Bill & Kathy Andrus

James McRight

February 4, 2012

I did not know you personaly but thank you for the many years of great food...we loved coming there for breakfast and lunch and the food was alway fresh and fairly priced...god bless you and our thoughts go out to your faimily .... you were a great man.....