Nacogdoches woman, next charity makeover recipient, killed while crossing street

Lynde Chunn
Lynde Chunn

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches woman died when she was hit by a vehicle while walking across North Street Monday night.

According to the Nacogdoches Police report, Lynde Kristine Chunn, 28, was crossing east to west at the 4600 block of North Street at 10:25 p.m. when she was hit by a 1996 Cadillac driven by Phillip Alan Frazier, 49, of Garrison.

A justice of the peace pronounced Chunn dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed in the accident.

People judged Lynde Chunn all the time, until a stranger, who some call an angel, dropped her off at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Garrison.

"She didn't dress right and matter of fact, she used to tell me when she came to church, first couple of weeks, she came in like a little waif and she looked so sad," said her friend Betty Houchin.

Scoliosis kept Lynde from standing tall. Poor teeth gave her a different smile. A learning disability led to poor life skills. Lynde needed direction. The church had her evaluated, helped her get a job and helped her live independently.

"It's been a real blessing to see the change that has been made in her," Kathy McGough, of Piney Woods Makeover, said. "Slowly she began to actually blossom in front of your eyes."

That's just part of one of many letters nominating Lynde for a full makeover. When Lynde was selected she was on her way to feeling good about herself.

"It warms our heart, but it breaks our heart because she just didn't get to enjoy that new found feeling of happiness that she had just really discovered," Dr. Robert Lehmann said.

"Just the other day she would look into the mirror and she said, 'You know, I am beautiful,'" friend Kathy Stanisch said.

Believers say Lynde is perfect now and perhaps the recipients of the "Change Your Life" Award are those who knew and loved Lynde.

"I think we probably learned more from Lynde just because of the young beautiful lady she was on the inside," Pastor Homer Murray said.

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