GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Annie Moore Chesnut, age 98, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept, 14, 2007, in her home in Gainesville, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Chesnut was born in Brunson, S.C., on Nov. 1, 1908. She attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, at age 16. After graduation with a business degree, she worked as the executive secretary to D.B. Johnson, the original President of Winthrop College. She married Herbert McCullough Dunlap Jr. and they had two children, Herbert McCullough Dunlap III and Joe Gray Dunlap. She was widowed in 1935. She was devoted to her children and family. With staunch character and determination, she moved at the height of the Great Depression to Spartanburg, S.C. with her two young boys to work for the U.S.D.A. Soil Conversation Service. As World War II started, she was promoted to a job with the U.S.D.A. previously not available to women and moved to Gainesville. She remained chief fiscal officer at the U.S.D.A. Soil Conservation Service, Florida State Office, until retiring after 27 years of service.
In 1950 after her children were grown, she married J. Gibbes Chesnut, owner of Chesnut Office Equipment Co. After Mr. Chesnut's death in 1960, Mrs. Chesnut took over as President and owner of Chesnut Office Equipment Co. until her second retirement.
Mrs. Chesnut was President of The Pilot Club, Treasurer of the Gainesville Garden Club and President of her Circle. As a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1943, she was Chair of the Board of Trustees and served on the Building Committee during construction of the new church building on S.W. 2nd Avenue.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Herbert and Eleanor (Pat) Dunlap, her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Lural Dunlap; six grandchildren, Anne Gray Dunlap, John W. Dunlap, Mary Joe Dunlap, Jane Dunlap Callahan, Jennifer L. Dunlap and Amy Dunlap Edge (and husband Vince Edge); four great-grandchildren, Rachel S. Callahan, Hannah L. Edge, Lowry H. Edge and Eleanor N. Callahan; and also by her devoted caregiver, Pamela Burgess.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S.W. 2nd Ave., Gainesville, with a reception to follow at the church (preceded by graveside services for family at 9:30 a.m.).
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601.