He grew up in Albany, Ga., the son of William Chambliss and Barnetta Hensley Hewitt. His parents and an infant sister, Anne, preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, William Chambliss Hewitt II; daughter, Valerie Hewitt Green and her husband, Jimmy of St. Augustine, Fla., and Griffin; Jill Chestnut Brennan and her husband, Mark of Atlanta; and Richard W. “Dickie” Chestnut and his wife, Stacey of Griffin; grandchildren, Ivey, Brooks and Abigail Chestnut, and Margaret and Betsy Brennan; and several cousins, including Dr. Jeff and Pam Rowe.
He was educated at Admiral Farragut Naval Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., Auburn University and Georgia State College. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he worked as a pilot, air traffic controller and later as a psychologist. Bill loved life and was a lifelong sailing enthusiast. His many interests included collecting and restoring antique cars and nautical items, and designing and making pipes and walking canes. He read voraciously, wrote poetry and plays and was an amateur actor in small theatre productions. His poem, “The City of the Iris,” was selected to go on the back of Griffin’s historical plate for the Sesquicentennial 1840-1990 Celebration. Bill was of the Episcopal faith and a member of the Mensa Society.
Friends may visit family members from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, Griffin. Memorials may be sent to Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, 141 Futral Road, Griffin, GA 30224, or to your favorite charity.