Saturday, September 17, 1927 - Friday, December 19, 2014
J. D. "Coach" Chesteen of Hartford; loving husband, father, granddaddy, and GiGi went home to be with our Savior, December 19, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home. He was 87.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 at Hartford Baptist Church with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Slocomb directing. Interment will follow in the Hartford City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hartford Baptist Church, 105 E. Burch Street, Hartford, AL. 36344.
Coach Chesteen was a faithful long time member of Hartford Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School teacher of Baracca Men's Class, deacon and was awarded Deacon Emeritus. Coach Chesteen graduated from Brantley High School. It was during his high school days he knew he wanted to be a coach. After high school he served in the U. S. Air Force. Upon his completion of service he graduated from Troy State with his degree in Education. In 1951 his coaching career began at Samson High School. In 1960 he became head coach at Geneva County High School where he coached and taught until his retirement in 1988. Throughout his coaching career he received numerous awards. His most recent was being selected in the class of 2015 ASHAA Sports Hall of Fame. He was humbled by each and every honor, but his legacy was the way he lived his life and the lives he touched.
Coach Chesteen was preceded in death by his parents, B. B. and Cora Lee Chesteen.
He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Myra Smith Chesteen of Hartford; one son, Donnie and daughter-in-law Stephanie of Geneva; one daughter, Gail and son-in-law Rickey Justice of Hartford; his five loving grandchildren: Jill (Brian) Bertella of Birmingham, Brent (Jenna) Justice of Hartford, Christopher Chesteen of Geneva, Brooke (Will) Smith of Birmingham, and Roxanna Chesteen of Birmingham; nine great grand children: Sophie, Bennett, and Mary Beth Bertella, Brody, Ellison, and Miller Smith, Grayce and Madison Chesteen and Maddie Katherine Justice; one brother and sister-in- law Charles W. and Shirley Nelson of Dothan; one special caregiver, Tammy Fulford and her husband Kenneth of Hartford; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special thanks to Gentiva Hospice of Dothan for their compassion and care.