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Jonah “Jay” Wagers Chenault

January 24, 2011

Jonah “Jay” Wagers Chenault

Jonah “Jay” Wagers Chenault, age 95, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga.
Jonah Chenault was born to John Cabell Chenault Jr. and Bess Wagers Chenault Nov. 28, 1915, near Richmond, Ky. Four years later, he moved with his family to West Point, Miss., where he spent his youth and early adulthood. Mr. Chenault was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Signal Corps of the United States Army Air Forces, primarily in the Pacific. For more than four decades, before and after the war, he was employed by the F. W. Woolworth Company, starting as a stock boy at a small store in West Point and retiring as an executive officer at corporate headquarters in Manhattan. From childhood Mr. Chenault was a fervent and devout Christian, and wherever he lived he was an active servant in his church. In various congregations he served as deacon, elder, and elder emeritus. In addition to doing volunteer work for the church, he enjoyed golf, fishing, yard work and, most of all, being with family. He was a loving – and well-loved – husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Doss Chenault; brother, David Chenault; and sister, Eleanor Drash. He is survived by his brother, John Chenault of Richmond Va.; two sons: Wagers Chenault (Ellen) of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert Chenault (Sarah) of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter, Susan Ball (Dwight) of Winston-Salem N.C.; five grandchildren: Jeremy Ball (Erinne), Laura Chenault, Liza Chenault, Meredith Welborn (Jon), and Robert Chenault Jr.; and one great-grandson, Nathan Welborn.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Columbia S.C. Funeral services will be at the church at 3 p.m. Sunday, followed by burial in Bush River Memorial Gardens, Columbia, S.C. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309.

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