James Chestnut Jr.

October 27, 1939October 26, 2016
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James Chestnut Jr. went home to be with the Lord on October 26, 2016. He was born on October 27, 1939 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to parents James, Sr. and Hattie Johnson Chestnut. James was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles Hayes, General Lee Hayes; sister, Cleo Banks; and a stepson, Reginald Chestnut. James grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and moved to Ohio at the tender age of 17 years old where he attended technical school to learn a number of different trades and skills including construction, plumbing, electrical and heating work. He utilized those skills in various positions with the City of Cleveland, Highland View Hospital, and Beach Haven Nursing Home before holding a position as a plumber at The Cleveland Clinic Hospital where he met Hattie in 1972. James and Hattie were married on November 27, 1973. Shortly after marrying, James started his own home remodeling company. James, Hattie, and their young family moved to Houston, TX in 1982. James initially worked for Harris County as chief plumber before founding the non-profit consulting firm, James Chestnut & Associates, in 1984. Through James Chestnut & Associates, they were able to assist with the establishment and business operations of over 2000 churches, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. He also founded Chestnut Payroll & Accounting in 2001 to assist their clients in their payroll and accounting needs. James retired in 2014. James Chestnut Jr. is survived by his loving wife, Hattie Chestnut; six children, Deborah Ann Pizarro-Cruz and husband Jose, Sr. of Orlando, Florida, Jacqueline Linen and husband Kevin of Cleveland, Ohio, George Ellis and wife Angela of Alexandria, Virginia; Lamont Chestnut of Houston, Texas, James Chestnut, III and wife Leyla of Humble, Texas, Ian Chestnut and wife Frene’ of Pearland, Texas; seven stepchildren, Stephanie Chestnut of Cleveland, Ohio, Tyrone Chestnut and wife Wanda of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Chestnut of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeledvia Stewart of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Cassandra Wingfield of Cleveland, Ohio, Octavia Wheeler and husband Warren of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; twenty-three grandchildren; Kimberly Pizarro-Cruz, Stephanie Pizarro-Cruz, Jose Pizarro-Cruz, Veronique Franklin and husband Booker, III, Harrison Linen, India Linen, Arielle Hayes and husband Jesse, George S. Ellis and wife Heather, David Ellis, Victoria Chestnut, John Chestnut, Raquan Chestnut, Farran Chestnut, Raven Chestnut, Ashley Chestnut, James Chestnut, IV, Deja Chestnut, Chloe Chestnut, Bryson Chestnut, Kalise Chestnut, Laurence Scruggs, Phillip Wingfield, Nichelle Wingfield; ten great grandchildren, David Pizarro-Cruz, Gabriel Pizarro-Cruz, Booker Franklin IV, Braxton Franklin, Myles Hayes, Christian Hayes, Alexander Ellis, Cameron Ellis, Breasia Chestnut, Noel Chestnut, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. The family will receive friends for visitation Friday, November 4, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Grand Chapel at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas 77039, and on Saturday November 5, 2016 for a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at New Life Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 3021 DeSoto, Houston, Texas 77091 followed by a burial at Brookside Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Friday, November 4, 2016
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 5, 2016

James Chestnut Jr.

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James Chestnut III

February 10, 2018

Dad you lived that the works of God should be made manifest in you. You worked the works of God who sent you while it was still day: the night came, when no man can work. I miss you every day, but I know where you are and that I'll see you again. I'm carrying on your legacy the best way I know how; I hope you're proud of me. Your clients ask about you all the time, and and the ripples you made are still in the water. All is well. Rest easy Dad. Love Jimmy.

Barbara Daniel

November 8, 2016

To the Chestnut Family
We are sorry for your loss. Mr. James was truly a man of God. Our prayers are with you and yours. May you continue to be uplifted in HIS strength, grace and mercy.

East Orange Daycare Learning Center

Juliette Watts

November 8, 2016

My deepest condolences are with you and your family during your time of sorrow. Grief is so hard, but special memories will help you cope and as the days and weeks pass and you return to life's routine, you will be comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Your hearts will soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. In time, you will cherish the memories forever. God bless you and your family during this difficult time. Sent on behalf of Mr. James Ross

November 4, 2016

Kind thoughts are with the family in your time of grief. May fond memories bring you comfort during these difficult days. Psalms 9: 9, 10

November 4, 2016

Sincerest condolences to your family during this time of grief. Please find comfort in the verses at Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Rosa Fair

November 4, 2016

Mother Hattie Chestnut you and family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Bro. Chestnut. He was such a kind, caring person. I am so happy I have the memory of your visit when you were here in Cleveland. He is now resting peacefully with no pain and suffering in the loving arms of God. You all are in my prayers during this time. May God continue to bless, comfort and give you peace during this time. Love to all of you.

Lisette Hughes

November 4, 2016

You have are deepest sympathy in your loss. We know that God is in control with all are life. We love you and miss you all. Art & Lisette Hughes

Kelli Lacy

November 4, 2016

I'm so thankful to have been blessed with two wonderful godparents. I will truly miss my Godfather James. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I will keep the family in my prayers. Love you Godmother.

clara anyanwu-la Tin

November 4, 2016

To Deborah and Family
Condolences for departure of your loved one. His faith in the Lord was as strong as that of Job . Jim was magnanimous in personality and a superb ambassador for Christ. His memory shall always be embraced. Thank you for sharing him with so many.
God Bless you all

Yvette (De-De) Ross Hebron, M.D.

November 4, 2016

In life, God entrusts us with many gifts. One of the greatest gifts that he gives us is true friendship, and the love of that friend. I have been blessed to witness the love of a binding friendship between Mr. Chestnut and my father, James F. Ross that goes beyond that of biological brothers. They were brothers to be separated only for a brief period by death. They shared not only the same first name, but a level of intelligence, charisma, and nobility that is entrusted to only a few men. Mr. Chestnut lived a life of example, reflecting God's love in what he did, and said. He now sleeps, and waits to hear that resounding voice that says "well done my child, enter into the kingdom. We so want to hear those same words and have a reunion with Mr. Chestnut. There will be no more sickness, and tears, but smiles and joy. Mrs. Chestnut, and family, thank you for sharing your husband, father, and love one with my family.