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John Garland Chernault

September 13, 1941 October 7, 2010
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John Johnny or Big John Chernault, 69, of Worsham, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2010 in Centra Southside Community Hospital, Farmville.

Born September 13, 1941, he was the only child of the late Elmira Elizabeth McCourt Chernault and Raymond Barksdale Boo Chernault.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ann Bryant Chernault; two children Danielle Renee Chernault and significant other, Jamie Walters of Herndon, Virginia and Raymond Leonard Chernault and wife (whom Johnny considered a daughter), Billie Jo of Worsham and a granddaughter, Rachel Lynn Chernault of Worsham.

An alumnus of Ferrum Junior College (1963) and a 1961 graduate of Prince Edward Academy and Worsham School, Johnny worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) at Greenbay and Hampden-Sydney for over 40 years. He considered his co-workers as part of his extended family and made life-long friends that he cherished.

In addition to being a member of College Church at Hampden-Sydney, Johnny was an active member of the Prince Edward Ruritan Club and served on the Prince Edward County Farm Bureau Board. He was a former member of the Farmville Odd Fellows Lodge and Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Department.

Like his father, Boo, one of Johnnys passions was farming. He loved working hay and corn and raising beef cattle. Between farm chores and Nancys honey-do list, there was never any down-time on the farm.

Johnny was devoted to his wife Nancy of 40 years. He never missed an opportunity to tell friends, family and strangers how he found the best woman ever.

The past seven years of his life were made especially sweet by his granddaughter, Rachel. No matter how Johnnys day was going, seeing his Sugar always brightened his day. She was a glittering star in his eyes and he looked forward to getting her off the school bus every day do he, Rachel and Nana (Nancy) could work on homework, spelling words, or feed the cows. Johnny had just finished teaching Rachel how to drive the E-Z-Go. He made sure that everyone knew Rachel was one of the sweetest gifts he was ever given.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, Sunday at the funeral home. Services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, October 11, 2010 at College Church Hampden-Sydney. Interment will be private. By Johnnys request, he will be buried on the family farm the land he loved.

Contributions may be made to College church, P.O. Box 13, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943 or The Prince Edward Ruritan Club, c/o Bobby Jones, 2456 Poor House Road, Rice, VA 23966

Puckett Funeral Home of Farmville is in charge of arrangements

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