James "Peanut" Chidester, 83, of Zanesville, passed away at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday December 14, 2022 at Genesis Hospital. He was born on July 2, 1939, in Zanesville, a son of the late Virgil and Jane Chidester. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from Armco Steel after 46 years of service. He was a dedicated athletic coach in the community and also enjoyed fishing and camping. He is survived by his wife Pamela Chidester. Five children Anita, Shawn, Misty, Sharon, and Chuck. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. One brother Arthur Chidester. Special family friend Judy Frash. His special dog Smoky. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Esther. Special daughter-in-law Margie. Great-grandson Hayden. One sister Mary Jane Newland. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Friday December 16, 2022 at William Thompson & Son Funeral Home 5765 Gladstone Drive White Cottage where military honors will be conducted by the Zanesville VFW Post #1058.