Martha C. Wilson

Published 11:49 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Martha Almeta (Chesnut) Wilson, wife of George Nelson Wilson III, of Waynesboro and formerly of Farmville, died Friday, October 30, 2015, at Augusta Health.  She was born January 20, 1934 in Columbus, Georgia, a daughter of the late William Bowers and Blanche (Ware) Chesnut.

A graduate of Manatee County High School, class of 1951, she was a member of the Original Thirteen. She attended Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was a lifelong member and supporter of Phi Mu Fraternity. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Wilson taught school and was employed by Buffalo Shook Company in Farmville.

Always active in her church, she was a member of Hope Community Church, an ordained Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church, served as President of the Presbyterian Women at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins, WV, and at Farmville Presbyterian Church, and held an Honorary membership in the Women of the Church (Presbyterian Women).

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Mrs. Wilson was a past Regent of Judith Randolph-Longwood Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), member and past president of the Third Thursday Book Club, and member of the Nora Lancaster Garden Club.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, family members include a son and daughter-in law, George Nelson IV and Terri Atkins Wilson of Farmville; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Wilson and J. Marshall Smith Jr.; two sisters-in-law, Joan F. Chesnut of Charlotte, NC, and Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Wilson of Farmville; six grandchildren, Victoria Wilson, Zachary Wilson, Nicholas Wilson, Savannah Wilson, Mary Katherine Smith and Hannah Smith; nieces, Cindy C. Corpening and Martha Ann Harrison, and nephews, Steven Chesnut, Joseph Harrison and Thomas Harrison.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Chesnut, and a sister, Rachel C. Chesnut Harrison.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, in the Henry Funeral Home by the Rev. Dr. Glen Holman. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in Farmville, Thursday, November 5, at 3 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Henry Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Phi Mu Fraternity (400 Westpark Drive, Peachtree City, Georgia 30269) or to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D St. MW, Washington, DC  20006.

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