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James Earl Chester

James Earl Chester, 83, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 28, 2018.

Mr. Chester was born Jan. 5, 1935 to the late Earl and Inell Chester and had been a resident of Dawsonville most of his life.  He owned and operated Chester’s Body Shop in Conyers for many years until his retirement.  A member of McKee’s Chapel United Methodist Church, James was a simple man who was loved by all. 

His brothers, Dennis Chester and Wayne “Cabbage” Chester, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jimmie Ann Chester of Dawsonville; daughters and son-in-law, Peggy Christmas, Tricia and Donnie Crump, all of Dawsonville; grandson, Brian and Jennifer Connell of Covington; two great-granddaughters, Kaylee and Emily Connell; sisters, Helen Anderson, Shirley Bruce, Teresa Parton, Connie Sosebee, Melba Fricks; brothers, Norman Chester, Bennie Chester, David Chester, Marty Chester; his beloved dog, Jane Russell; various other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sven Mossinger and Rev. Ronnie Sosebee officiating.  Interment followed in Dawsonville City Cemetery.

The family received friends from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the funeral home.

Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.