Anita Gray Chestnut Cauley, 94, of Hot Springs, Virginia passed away Thursday, October 08, 2020 at her residence. 

     She was born September 17, 1926 in Monterey, Virginia, the daughter of the late James Otis Chestnut and Icie Gray Gutshall Chestnut.

     Mrs. Cauley was employed at the Homestead Resort in the Housekeeping Department with over 40 years of service.

     She married Charles Denver Cauley on June 19, 1948. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2001.

     She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Anita Stephenson of Monterey, Virginia;  five grandchildren, Crysta & Dorothy Stephenson both of Monterey, Virginia, Charles, Thomas and James Tucci of Arizona; seven great-grandchildren, Rebecca & Suzanna Landrum, Alyssa Tucci, Cameron & Hailey Tucci, Tabitha Tucci and Andrew Hullihen; a brother, Bobby Chestnut & wife Edna of Stephens City, Virginia; and two  great-great grandchildren.

     She was a member of the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women and a member of the Daughters of Rebekah Lodge. She loved playing Scrabble with her friends, Father McGinnity and Opal Gazzola. She enjoyed playing Progressive Rummy with her family in which she had a new set of rules for every game. Mrs. Cauley loved working with her church’s yearly yard sale and bake sale.  She was an excellent cook and was famous for her Fresh Apple Cakes.

     She was preceded in death by her daughter, Doris Marie Tucci; brothers and sisters, her twin, Juanita Thompson, Christine Chestnut, James Otis Chestnut, Jr., Carl Chestnut, Darrell Chestnut, Ila Claytor, Lowell Wayne Chestnut, Lyle Chestnut, Stewart Chestnut and Curtis Chestnut.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church with Pastor Scott Conrad officiating and Dorothy Stephenson assisting. Interment will be in Warm Springs Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Keswick D. Phillips, Keswick F. Phillips, Bill Wagner, Bart Ailstock, Charles Tucci, James Tucci and Tommy Tucci. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Chestnut, Mark Chestnut, Dean Chestnut, Dale Chestnut and Otis Chestnut.

     The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Hot Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 476, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or Hot Springs Rescue Squad, P.O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.


  1. Rest in peace my dear friend. I miss our rides and your wonderful stories you shared.
    Thoughts and many prayers to the family.

  2. Everyone is in our thoughts and Prayers. You surely will be sadly missed. Will never forget your fried oyster dinner at Christmas time. You was certainly one of the best cooks and bakers I have ever known. RIP Anita.

  3. Dearest Crystal and Family,
    We are sorry to hear about the passing of Anita. We extend to you our deepest sympathy and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May the many wonderful memories help you during this sad time. She was a very special lady who lived a life full of love for her family. God be with each of you and wrap his arms around you for comfort. Take care!
    Sincerely with love,
    Bob and Debbie Ralston

  4. Thank you ,Anita for all you did for others. You always kept a smile and made us smile. Keep those card players straight in heaven.


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