On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Lind Walter Chinnery, an exceptional leader and steadfast community servant, transitioned to eternal paradise in the presence of YaHUah. Dr. Chinnery was born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. on February 18, 1956, to the late Walter Ecedro Chinnery of Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I., and Ina Hill Chinnery of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. He was the youngest of 5 children and maintained his dual citizenship in both the United States, and the British Virgin Islands.
Dr. Chinnery was skilled and precocious. He attended Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., and graduated at the tender age of 16. He loved music and was an avid, and gifted saxophonist. In high school, he was the lead singer in a singing group called, “Undecided”. Dr. Chinnery planned to major music after graduation, and thus, applied to the Ivy League Princeton University, and was accepted. Despite his acceptance, he was encouraged to attend Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, to pursue medicine alongside his sister, Lynette. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine from 1973 -1977. In the years of 1978 to 1982, he attended MeHarry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his Medical Degree in Internal Medicine, and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., Kappa Chapter.
Dr. Chinnery completed his residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in the Georgetown Straight Internal Medicine program from 1982 – 1985. After completing his residency, he became licensed in Maryland and Washington D.C. in 1984, and North Carolina in 1985. He then worked in New Bern, N.C. in a private practice from 1985 to 1986. Following his service in North Carolina, he relocated to the Hampton Roads Community in 1987. He began his employment as a Contract Physician for Health America Staff Model HMO in Hampton, Virginia. In the years of 1988 to 1991, he joined the late William Franklin, M.D., and Melvin Green, M.D., to be a servant of the community in a General Partnership Practice in Family Medicine located on Wine Street in Hampton, Virginia. During this time, he worked in group practice and was a Contract Physician with Langley AFB Clinic, and F & G Limited in Newport News, Virginia.
Following these professional endeavors, Dr. Lind W. Chinnery, M.D. decided to return to the educational armamentarium at the “Home by the Sea”, Hampton University, to pursue an MBA from 1996 -1998. As he pursued this additional degree, he worked in the School of Nursing as an adjunct professor where he thoroughly enjoyed mentoring and teaching Pathophysiology. As understood by many, Dr. Chinnery was eager for knowledge, and greatly enjoyed sharing his knowledge, wisdom, light, and gift of medicine with those around him.
Moreover, concerning his other professional endeavors, he worked as both a Correctional Medical Officer for the Hampton City Jail Medical Clinic, and as an Advisor for the Capo Detoxification Center in Newport News, Virginia. Dr. Chinnery was board certified in internal medicine, forensics, as well as bariatric medicine (the study of obesity).
From 1991 to 2008, he was blessed to open the doors to his own and first private practice, Tidewater Internal Medicine Associates. A practice where he finally had earned the opportunity to roll up his sleeves, and humbly and compassionately serve his patients in a practice deemed as his own. During this practice, he partnered with his friend and colleague, Dr. Thaddeus Sutton, M.D. Their practice became known for quality comprehensive health care.
During this time, he met his wife of 22 years, Debra Chinnery, EdD. Following their union, she joined him in the private practice of Internal Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. In this partnership, the couple established Hampton Roads Healthcare Solutions, a nonprofit organization that focused on health disparities in the African American community. In preparation of YaHUah’s ultimate plan, he worked at Riverside Internal Medicine, Patient First, and Fort Norfolk Plaza from 2008-2013. And finally, in July of 2013, the couple established and served the community through Divine Health Care, LLC located at 2100 Executive Drive, Suite B. Hampton, Virginia. Through all of his dedication and perseverance, Dr. Chinnery had earned and been blessed to work as the CEO/CFO and president of his own company to date.
Drs. Lind and Debra Chinnery are the proud parents of 5 loving children, Dwain, Denisha, Ahmad, Akrin, and Kourtney. The couple are long-time members of Grove Baptist Church. Dr. Chinnery KNEW and LIVED the WORD. He read the Bible in its entirety at least twice, and consistently learned and hid new scriptures in his heart daily. He was also a member of the Barber Shop Mentoring Program that ministered to the youth while receiving their haircuts. In his attempt to seek God’s heart, he listened to the audio version of the Old and New Testament on his iPod as he exercised, cleaned the pool, worked, or just relaxed in front of the television. Everyone knew Lind was a true movie “buff”, and sports lover. He was exceptionally well-versed. Many of his friends and patients can tell you, he could discuss a plethora of topics from A to Z.
Dr. Chinnery often returned home to the Virgin Islands where he enjoyed swimming in the crystal blue waters and indulging in all of the native cuisines. He would never leave the islands without spending time with his aunts and uncle in Jost Van Dyke. He was an awesome father, husband, community servant, and friend. Dr. Lind Chinnery, M.D., was preceded in death by his lovely parents, Walter and Ina Chinnery, his kind-hearted and sweet sister, Lona, and his big brother that he cherished and admired so dearly, Larry Paul. Subsequently, Lind Chinnery’s teachings, words of wisdom, and love, live on in the hearts and memories of daughters Denisha and Kourtney, and sons, Dwain, Ahmad, and Akrin; as well as his five grandchildren, Morgan, Taylor, Dwain, Donovan, and Aniya. His host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, and brothers-in-law both locally and abroad will continue to remember his light-hearted spirit for he loved to laugh; and his determination and diligence for he always worked hard and encouraged those around him to strive for greatness despite adversity. His aunts, Edith and Joyce Chinnery, and his uncle, David Chinnery (Boisy), who reside in Jost Van Dyke will cherish him forever.
Dr. Lind Chinnery’s significant achievements and advancements are many, to name a few:
Trademark Top Doctors of America Honors Edition
He is listed in the Who’s Who among executives and professionals
Awarded for outstanding service by Peninsula Institute for Community Health
Resident of the year at Georgetown University
Magna Cum Laude Pre-Medicine Graduate at Virginia State University
Outstanding Young Men in America
Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Chapter
Pall Bearers: Keenen W. Terry, Keenen W. Terry II, Harry Morgan IV, Zecoi Gumbs, Alvin Martin, Steve Holloway.
Floral Bearers: Church, Family and Friends
Entombment – PARKLAWN MEMORIAL PARK, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Virginia
As a safety precaution, all guests are required to be masked. In lure of repast, the family will retire quietly to their homes. Thank you in advance.
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