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Charlotte June (Frist Faucette) ChesnuttMarch 4, 1938 ~ December 5, 2017 (age 79)
Charlotte June Frist Faucette Chesnutt always danced gracefully on the breeze, and on December 5, 2017 this
magnificent and powerful butterfly joyfully fluttered home to be with her Lord. Charlotte was born on March 4, 1938 in
Starkville, Mississippi, and she was welcomed into a family of faith, love and laughter, a family filled with characters and
interesting stories. She adored her father, Rev. Dr. John Chester “Chet” Frist, Sr., and was in awe of her mother, Lois
Elizabeth “Betty” Ferran Frist Myer. After a few years in Starkville, Charlotte’s family moved to Tampa, FL and then
Mobile, AL. Her father was a beloved Presbyterian minister, and her mother a strong Christian Educator, pianist, writer
and speaker. The family spent their summers in Moorefield, WV and in Montreat, NC where she and all three of her
siblings, Jane Elizabeth Frist, Dr. John Chester Frist, Jr, and Thomas Ferran Frist had adventures and developed lifelong
After Charlotte graduated high school from Peace College, she attended Southwestern College (now Rhodes College),
University of Florida and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). It was at PSCE
that she met her first husband, Rev. James Robert Faucette who was in seminary across the street. Charlotte and Jim
were married in Montreat, NC in 1961, and together they lived in Martinsville, VA, Richmond, VA, Louisville, KY, Houston,
TX and La Porte, TX. Also together they raised their 3 children, Robert Chester Faucette (Mary), Jane Elizabeth Faucette
Moore (Randy) and Thomas James Faucette (Mindi). Charlotte and Jim spent their 26 years together loving their children,
serving the church, studying history, gardening and fighting for racial, social and environmental justice. Charlotte was a
lover of both righteousness and beauty, and her many years as an artist reflect her warm and caring heart, her refined eye
and her zest for life.
Charlotte’s first husband, Jim, died of cancer in 1987 and was buried in his hometown of Bristol, TN. Charlotte met and
married her second husband, Rev. John Calvin Chesnutt in 1989. They lived together in Montgomery, AL until they retired
to Montreat, NC in 1996. Calvin’s four adult children, John Chesnutt (Julie), Tom Chesnutt (Paula Fitzgerald), Maggie
Chesnutt (Bill Goolsby) and Carol Chesnutt (Paul Winer) and their children became an important part of Charlotte’s life.
A granddaughter, daughter and wife of two Presbyterian ministers, Charlotte was also an ordained elder in the
Presbyterian Church USA. Charlotte’s life included many jobs such as mom, realtor, kindergarten teacher, Christian
educator, volunteer coordinator and many others, but primarily she spent her life connecting with those around her in a
deep and meaningful way and volunteering with her church and community. She loved her friends and family, and she
had a profound faith in God.
Enjoying Charlotte in heaven are her grandparents, parents, first husband, aunts, uncles, several sisters-in law and
brothers-in-law and many other beloved friends and relatives. Surviving her, celebrating her life here on earth, and still
cherishing her are Charlotte’s husband, Calvin, her three siblings and their spouses (Jillian and Clare), sisters-in-law
Lenoir Faucette Dinga and Brownie Faucette (Sally), her children and step children and their spouses, her own Faucette
grandchildren: Avery, Ryan, Ramsey and Phoebe, her Chesnutt grandchildren: Dara, Jefferson, Jonathan, Taylor, Henry,
Philip, Chase, and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and precious friends.
Charlotte will be remembered and honored at a celebration of life service at Montreat Presbyterian Church in Anderson
Auditorium at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 6, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in her honor
to the Presbytery of WNC Building H.O.P.E. Campaign via Montreat Presbyterian Church (828-664-9212, PO Box 577,
Montreat, North Carolina 28757), Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (101 N Ridgeway Ave, Black Mountain, NC
28711), or Montreat Conference Center (PO Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757).
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Givens Highland Farms, Cheshire Fitness Center,
Cancer Care of WNC and CarePartners Hospice for the tender and loving care they showed Charlotte. During her
extended illness, they helped Charlotte continue to land gently on bright blossoms, lift and wave her colorful wings, and
twirl and spin delicately in the breeze. Charlotte was created by God. She is forgiven, loved and free.