WARREN, Ohio – Hattie Chestnut McNeal, 88, of 3104 Orchard Avenue, S.E., Warren, Ohio, departed this life Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:55 a.m. at The Cleveland Clinic, following a brief illness.
She was born February 6, 1928 in Sumter, South Carolina, the daughter of James William and Alice Spann Chestnut, residing in the area since 1947.
Mrs. McNeal was employed with the Warren City School System for 39 years as an Elementary Teacher, before retiring in 2002.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, was the former church clerk, a member of the Missionary Society, Adult Fellowship, Children’s Church, Cancer Survival Committee, served on the Deaconess Board and was Director of Vacation Bible School. She was a member of Mizpah Chapter #66 Order of the Eastern Stars, where she was past Worthy Matron, served on the Boards of Rebecca Williams Community Center and the YWCA, a member of Community Volunteers Council, the National Education Association and the Ohio Educational Association and enjoyed reading, aerobic exercising and traveling.
Mrs. McNeal graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945, Youngstown State University in 1963 with a B.S. Degree in Education and received her Master’s Degree in 1974 in Special Education.
She was widowed twice, marrying Lannie McCoy in 1947, he died in 1973 and William Robert McNeal in 1976, he died in 1978.
She leaves to mourn three daughters, Mrs. Joyce E. Owens of Baltimore, Maryland, Mrs. Cynthia R. Grant of Cleveland and Dr. Lisa K. McCoy of Richmond, Virginia; four brothers, Moses Chestnut and Isaiah Chestnut both of Baltimore, Maryland, McDonald Chestnut of Jarrettsville, Maryland and John Chestnut of Sumter, South Carolina; two sisters, Mrs. Catherine McCray and Ms. Naomi Chestnut both of Sumter, South Carolina; four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Lannie Stanley McCoy; five sisters and two brothers.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to service, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Eastern Star Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will take place at Pineview Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Thursday, January 5 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.