Naomi Chestnut departed this life on Nov. 23, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1953, to the late Rev. James W. and Lucille Manning Chestnut. At an early age, she was a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church of Sumter. Later she became a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church of Oswego Highway in Sumter, until her passing. She was a graduate of Sumter High School. She attended three colleges, USC Sumter, Central Carolina Technical College and Lesley University. She finalized her Master's Degree in Education at Lesley University. She was employed with Sumter School District 17 for more than 35 years. While she was a devoted teacher, she also helped children that needed one on one help with behavioral and academic needs. She was also a devoted bus driver who put her all into everything she did.

Naomi leaves to cherish her loving memory: her devoted daughter, Shironica L. (John) Wilson; son, Jamie L. (Kimberly) Chestnut Sr.; four granddaughters, Lisha A. Chestnut, Jonnel Wilson, Kimbrianna Chestnut and Kyrianna Chestnut; two grandsons, Jamie Chestnut Jr. and Johnny LaCosta; four brothers, Moses (Katrina) Chestnut, McDonald (Flossie) Chestnut and Isiah (Julia) Chestnut, all of Baltimore, and John Chestnut of Sumter; one sister, Catherine McCray; five aunts; extended church family; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, David and William Chestnut; four sisters, Bertha Montgomery Gable, Beatrice Command, Hattie Chestnut and Hattie McNeal Warren.

There will be no public viewing.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center (Westend Community Church), 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park.

The family will be receiving friends at the home, 950 Salterstown Road, Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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