Cleveland Chestnut Jr., ("Pops") born June 14, 1954, to Cleveland Chestnut, Sr., and Viola Hubbard Buster in Temple, Texas. He received his formal education in Temple Public Schools. He served in the United States Army. He united with Bethel Independent Methodist Church in Temple, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Gladine Williams Chapman and Ivera Mae Ward, and three brothers, Manuel James Williams, Sammie Williams, and Richard Glen Chestnut.
Survivors are a son, Howard Thomas of Temple; brothers, Ira Lee Chestnut and Rickey Lynn Chestnut of Temple; sisters, Julia Mae Robinson of Killeen and Jimmie Evelyn Smith of Pendleton; two grandchildren and one great-grandson; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
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