September 10, 2013
WILLIAMSTON - David Ramsey Chastain, 97-year-old Williamston resident, died early September 1. He was be laid to rest at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery at 3450 Table Rock Road in Pickens on September 5 at 10 a.m. The family received friends September 4 at 5 p.m. at Gray Mortuary in West Pelzer.
David Chastain was always helping someone in need, whether it be family, his students, or the community. A vocational agriculture teacher, he was named County and State Teacher of the Year, a retired Colonel in the Army & National Guard, founder of Williamston National Guard, WWII Veteran, Honorary Mayor of Williamston, and recipient of the Order of the Palmetto (the highest civilian honor in SC). He helped create countless recreational amenities and improvements to Anderson County as a tireless and dedicated volunteer. Most of all though, he was a humble, loving man who epitomized the values of hard work, honor, kindness, and strength.
David Ramsey Chastain, son of Elijah Denton and Ida Hendricks Chastain, for more than 50 years was married to Margaret Littlejohn Chastain who predeceased him. Survivors include daughters, Grace Shafir-Reiss (Bob Reiss) and Elizabeth Chastain (Jim Crisp). Grandchildren include Nicole, Melody , Jereann, Georgeanna, Rob, Jerry, and Mark, Great-grandchildren Mavi, Sophia, Lena, Nick, Allison, Stephanie, Carrie, Kate, Max, and Alex, and special cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He had been in failing health for several years and has been lovingly cared for by family and Sandi Barrett, Wendy and Roger Bell, and Lori Hunter. Special thanks to Sandi Barrett who was tirelessly devoted to him for many, many years.
The world lost a great man. Rest in peace, David, Daddy, Grandpa, friend.