Chestnut Avenue Methodist Church
2500 Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607



Thursday, January 15, 2004
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/15/04
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut of VA - 03/19/04
Thanks, Sandi!
St. Paul AME Church
2500 Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church
1024 Harpersville Road
Newport News, Virginia 23601-1010

Carol, I would like to know if there is anyone out there that was a member of Boy Scout Troop 11 at the Methodist Church. 
The location was at Orcutt Avenue. 
The scoutmaster was Herbert Gillis, and some of the people I remember in the troop were Steve Gillis (61), Ricky Phelps.   
If there is I would like to hear from them. 
This would have been along the years of 1955 to about 1958.

 - Glenn Dye (60) of TX 12/10/03

   Thanks, Glenn. 
Youd think as the mother of six Eagle Scouts, one of whom is now a Senior District Executive with the BSA in Oregon,
that I would know the answer to this question, but I dont. 
I am confused about the church, however. 
There was an Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church, and a Chestnut Avenue Methodist Church,
but I do not know which troops they sponsored.

   Also most of our roster is comprised of guys who would barely be cub scouts during the years in question,
but they may have had older brothers involved during that period. 
In searching for more clues, according to my records, Steve Gillis attended Ferrum College,
which is a Methodist sponsored institution which may be totally irrelevant.

   It may be possible for my #2 son to track this down through scout records. 
Ill ask him.  Meanwhile, I do know that some of yall out there were involved in scouting. 
If you could pass along the name of your troop and its meeting place,
wed be one step closer in solving this mystery for Glenn.  Thanks, guys!

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 12/10/03

Carol, you are right.  The Methodist Church was my church:  Chestnut Avenue Methodist. 
Orcutt Avenue Baptist was my cousin's (Ray Stinnette - '63) church. 
I was not a member of BSA at my church, but I was a member of Troop 45 (2nd Presbyterian)
next to the Little League Field, across the street from Magruder Elementary. 
Your pal, Bob Norris ('62), was Senior Patrol leader at Troop 45, before he "aged-out" and I took over. 
We weren't very good scouts but we had a ton of fun!

I believe Paul Moses ('63), the cornet player, with the '55 green Chevy, was a member of troop 11... 
He also attended the church, as did Jerry Zoumplis ('61) who may also have been a member of Troop 11.

Troop 11 did meet at the church.

- Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 12/15/03

Thanks, Craig! 
And apparently, it does once more:

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 01/03/04

That is neat!  They might wish to contact the local BSA council.  
They can find out that council by visiting the National website at and then do a zip code search. 
There might be a way to find some history there. 

Love you, Mom!  bh

- Brent Harty, Senior District Executive, Applegate Trail District, Oregon Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America - 01/05/03

Thanks, Brent!
- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 01/05/04

The local council that serves the 23607 ZIP code area is:

Colonial Virginia Council 595
11721 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23606-1935
Phone: 757-595-3356
Web site:


- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 01/06/04

From the Daily Press - 04/15/12:   

                   Rudolph D. Kidd


WILLIAMSBURG - Rudolph Doyle Kidd, 84, of Williamsburg, passed away on April 7, 2012.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Rhea Kidd; and his son, Steve Kidd.

Rudolph devoted his life to the service of God, serving as a United Methodist Church minister for 46 years, primarily pastoring churches in the Virginia Conference, including Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News. The Rev. Kidd was a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., earning a Master of Divinity and also attended seminary in Richmond, Va. Throughout his years of ministry, Rudolph married many couples, and baptized many children, taking great joy in baptizing his own children and grandchildren into the faith. Serving by his side was his loving wife and servant of God for 61 years, Rhea, whom he now joins for eternity. He was also a loving and devoted father to his two sons.


Rudolph D. Kidd

The Rev. Kidd was an avid vegetable gardener and in his younger years, an avid sportsman, including baseball, swimming, and basketball.

He is survived by his son, David Kidd and his wife, Judy; grandchildren, Jane and Mary; and his daughter-in-law, Eileen Kidd.

A memorial service will be held in Pearisburg, Va., later this spring.

Contributions may be made in Rudolph's honor to JDRF, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, which supports Type 1 Diabetes Research.

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April 16, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rev. Kidd. He meant a lot to us, the family of the late Robert L. Criss. May God give you comfort and ease your pain. You will be together again one day with our Lord and Saviour.

~ Vicki Bentley, Carrollton, Virginia
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