Vance Cordell Chastain


Vance Cordell Chastain, 83, a longtime resident of Cleveland, passed from this life on Thursday, May 18, 2017, into the arms of his Lord.

He was born on May 2, 1934, in Polk County, to the late Jesse William Chastain and Lennie Catherine Hamby Chastain.

He was a member of Echoes of Mercy Baptist Church. He demonstrated his Christian spirit best when he was giving to others, and his generosity touched many during his time on earth.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and traveled internationally during his service.

He was known for being an avid outdoorsman. Hunting and fishing were his passions and he greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends through those activities.

He was a working man, and spent many years as an employee of the TNT plant, Maytag (Magic Chef), and spent part of his retirement as a self-employed house painter.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; son, Greg Shields; great-grandson, Colby Chastain; sister, Dorothy Eunice Lowery Kerr; brother, Grady Daniel Chastain; brothers-in-law: Ralph Lowery, Oscar Kerr, Earl Griffin and Harland James; niece, Buffy Beard; and nephews: Brad Chastain and Dwight Lowery.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Monita Lalah Beard Chastain; sons: Derk (Jean) Shields, Kelly (Ann) Chastain, Toddy (Sandra) Chastain, Reno Chastain; daughter, Natalie Nina Chastain Whalen; grandchildren: Josh (Mitzi) Shields, Amber Chastain, Duran (Sarah) Shields, Josh (Faith) Chastain, Teddie Chastain, PJ Shields, Brooke Shields, Kristina Shields, Tina Whalen Empey, Eddie Whalen Jr., Keri Whalen, Susan Whalen; several great-grandchildren; brothers: Marvin (Genevieve) Chastain, Luther Curtis Chastain, Walter “Joe” (Linda Jean) Chastain and Ron (Linda Jo) Chastain; sisters: Jessie Lou James, Bernice Griffin (Eddie) Rogers, Faye (I.M.) Beard; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services Wildwood Chapel with the Rev. Daniel White officiating. Interment will follow in the Boanerges Baptist Church Cemetery with family and friends serving as casket bearers.

Donations can be made to Echoes of Mercy Baptist Church, 535 Durkee Road S.E., Cleveland, Tennessee 37311.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the the funeral home.

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