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Celebrating the life of
Rev. James W. Chester, Jr.
Passed away on March 13, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Private Service

Offering our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Chester family. May the love of family and friends as well as the words at “Psalm 147:3” and “2 Corinthians 1:3,4” continue to help you get through this most difficult times.

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I'm sorry for your lost I will miss him too. He was a great person and a great grandfather and father. And again I'm sorry for your lost!!!

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Becky, remembering you in the loss of your Daddy. So glad to to be reminded of our friendship during our college years. Blessings on your family..

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I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is very painful. I can't exactly understand how you feel, but our Heavenly Father Jehovah does, and he will give you the strength to endure. May the wonderful memories you have of James bring you comfort and the words found at Isaiah 41:13 where God says he is grasping your right hand, the one saying do not be afraid I will help you during this difficult time. Please go to jw.org if you have any questions about what happens to our loved ones we lose in death.

S. Love, , Ga

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Chester. We had the pleasure of spending time with Jimmy through Julie and Kate Goggans. He will be truly missed. We will continue to keep him, his family and friends in our daily prayers.

Karen and Joshua Jacks, Atlanta, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about the passing of Rev. Chester. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sally Rollins, Hinesville, GA

Goodbye for now, Uncle Jimmy. See you on the other side. Forever with Jesus.

Debbie Early Deane, Clearwater, Fl

To the family , may the peace of God that surpasses all understanding , guard your heart and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 )

Dorothy., Dacula ,

Jimmy was the best preacher and church leader I have known. Oh my soul, may God richly bless him in his new heavenly home. Wayne & Gwen

Gwen and Wayne Kirby, Lizella (Macon)Ga. 31052, Ga.

While words fail to capture the “pain” of losing a loved one , we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the “Joy when our Heavenly Father returns your dear one to you. ( John 5:28,29) Please visit JW.ORG where you will be able to find comforting Bible based articles and videos that will sustain you , through this dificult time. May Jehovah God continue sustaining you !

Brenda, Stone Mountain , Ga

Janet and Family, I will always remember Bro. Jimmy and your time at Bloomfield UMC. You both were very special to Wendell and I. May God Bless You and hold you in his arms during this sad time in your life. We all know where Jimmy is, laughing and enjoying his time in Heaven just waiting for you and the rest of the family to join him.

Christine Clark, Macon, GA.

We were so blessed to have Jimmy as our Pastor at Bloomfield United Methodist Church in Macon from 1980 - 1985. His leadership was without fault and his humor was outstanding and enjoyed by us all! He served and held high his Lord Jesus and preached with authority from the scriptures as the infallible Word of God. We truly loved Jimmy and are encouraged by the fact that we will see in again!

Tommy & JoAnne Thompson, Macon , GA

I was so sorry to read about Rev. Chester’s passing, although I know heaven is a better place with him there. I was a member of Whitefield UMC when he was the Pastor and admired him so much that I asked my parents to ask him to return to Savannah to marry my husband and me fifty years ago this April 6. How I wish I had seen him once again to thank him again. My sympathy to all his family members, I know he was loved by you all and will be missed by you also.

Patty Hawley thompson, Savannah, Ga

The Reverend James Wheeler Chester, Jr., 92, peacefully entered heaven’s rest on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, following a brief decline. He was attended at his residence at Marshview Senior Living by Kindred Hospice. His life is a testament to the Glory of God. Brother Jimmy was born September 20, 1925, in Whigham, Georgia, the son of the late James Wheeler Chester, Sr., and the late Pauline Sanders Chester. Brother Jimmy’s pulpit homilies were filled with stories of faith, family, and the fortunes of South Georgians during the Great Depression. As a member of “the Greatest Generation,” brother Jimmy was known as a personable and intelligent servant of the Lord, who loved to share a meaningful story lit by poignant moments from his wide experience. His characteristic sense of humor remained with him during the last months of his life.

Brother Jimmy left home at 17 to serve his country in WW II and eventually joined the Merchant Marine. In this capacity, he traveled the world and learned much about sailors and the varieties of life outside the family farm. He felt a special vocation for sharing his faith with people he met in Asia. Photographs from this time show Brother Jimmy participating in bible study groups in Japan following the end of the conflict in the Pacific.

After the war, he attended Emory University on the GI Bill. There he became a student leader, serving as the President of the Residence Hall Council while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and working in a haberdashery in Atlanta to support himself. He graduated and went on to attend the Chandler School of Theology where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree. Brother Jimmy was blessed by the generosity of others along his educational path and thereafter gave generously to support Emory University, almost to the end of his life. Brother Jimmy’s charity consistently encompassed those whom he considered to be widows, orphans, and the United Methodist Church.

As a theology student, Brother Jimmy aspired to join the Lord’s forces for salvation in the mission fields of the Pacific. His plans changed following an introduction by his Aunt to Miss Carolyn Bright Dixon, of Thomasville, Georgia, in 1954. Following his ordination, he married Miss Dixon in August of 1955. He joined the South Georgia Conference and proudly served his first church at Dixie-Pidcock. Brother Jimmy was upheld in his life’s work by his wife Carolyn and daughters Rebecca and Cathie until Carolyn’s death in 1978. Brother Jimmy loved the teachings of great theologians and was known for seeking the word of the Lord in arts, letters, and music. In 1964 his wife Carolyn was able to support a sabbatical year of doctoral study and Brother Jimmy attended the University of Edinboro in Scotland. During this time he traveled broadly in Europe, Russia and the Holy Land. Brother Jimmy was fortunate to be present at Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic address at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, on 12/4/64. He was keenly aware of the political and social turmoil of the 60’s. With the leadership of his Conference, he worked to preserve the future of the United Methodist Church during turbulent years.

Between 1955 and 1990 Brother Jimmy served numerous congregations across South Georgia. Locally, he served at Whitefield, Isle of Hope, and Robert McIntyre churches of Savannah. Following his beloved wife’s death in 1978, Brother Jimmy returned to Emory University and completed his training as a Pastoral Counselor. In retirement Brother Jimmy served as a Pastoral Counselor for several years at Chandler Hospital. He was often requested as a guest minister at the Korean United Methodist Church of Savannah.

In 1983 Brother Jimmy married Isle of Hope parishioner Janet Goggans. He was able to spend many years and enjoy a long retirement in Janet’s home, intentionally enjoying the mutual blessings of their union. Brother Jimmy maintained a keen interest in current events, gardening and horticulture, birdwatching, walking the coast, reading biographies and listening to classical music. His passion for great preaching and great music continued throughout his life as his friends and family members can attest.

Brother Jimmy was untimely preceded in death by his cherished wife, Carolyn Dixon Chester. Left to preserve his memory are his daughters and their families: Rebecca Chester Hajiran and her husband Dr. Homan Hajiran of Wheeling, WV; his daughter Dr. Cathie L. Chester of Purchase, NY; grandsons Dr. Ali John Hajiran and wife Dr. Jessica Hajiran, of Morgantown, WV; Robert M. Chester, Esq. and his wife, Lora C. Minicucci, Esq., of Brooklyn, NY; Cariad Dixon Chester, of Palo Alto, CA; Dr. Cyrus James Hajiran and Dr. Joemichael Fusco of Morgantown, WV; Piper Waters Chester of San Francisco, CA; and great grand-son Beauregard Chester Minicucci of Brooklyn, NY.

Brother Jimmy is survived by his devoted second wife Janet; her children Alison Goggans of Statesboro and El Salvador; Mark Goggans and wife Karen of Wilmington Island and their children Meg and Will; Julie Goggans of Atlanta, GA and her daughter Kate. Brother Jimmy is survived by his sister Helen Early and her 2 children, who benefitted from his generosity for many years.

A Private Family Memorial Service to honor Brother Jimmy will be held at a later date. The family suggests any remembrance in his honor to be made to Kindred Hospice, 2289 East Victory Drive in Savannah. Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com.

 

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Offering our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Chester family. May the love of family and friends as well as the words at “Psalm 147:3” and “2 Corinthians 1:3,4” continue to help you get through this most difficult times.

, ,

I'm sorry for your lost I will miss him too. He was a great person and a great grandfather and father. And again I'm sorry for your lost!!!

, ,

Becky, remembering you in the loss of your Daddy. So glad to to be reminded of our friendship during our college years. Blessings on your family..

, ,

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is very painful. I can't exactly understand how you feel, but our Heavenly Father Jehovah does, and he will give you the strength to endure. May the wonderful memories you have of James bring you comfort and the words found at Isaiah 41:13 where God says he is grasping your right hand, the one saying do not be afraid I will help you during this difficult time. Please go to jw.org if you have any questions about what happens to our loved ones we lose in death.

S. Love, , Ga

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Chester. We had the pleasure of spending time with Jimmy through Julie and Kate Goggans. He will be truly missed. We will continue to keep him, his family and friends in our daily prayers.

Karen and Joshua Jacks, Atlanta, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about the passing of Rev. Chester. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sally Rollins, Hinesville, GA

Goodbye for now, Uncle Jimmy. See you on the other side. Forever with Jesus.

Debbie Early Deane, Clearwater, Fl

To the family , may the peace of God that surpasses all understanding , guard your heart and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 )

Dorothy., Dacula ,

Jimmy was the best preacher and church leader I have known. Oh my soul, may God richly bless him in his new heavenly home. Wayne & Gwen

Gwen and Wayne Kirby, Lizella (Macon)Ga. 31052, Ga.

While words fail to capture the “pain” of losing a loved one , we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the “Joy when our Heavenly Father returns your dear one to you. ( John 5:28,29) Please visit JW.ORG where you will be able to find comforting Bible based articles and videos that will sustain you , through this dificult time. May Jehovah God continue sustaining you !

Brenda, Stone Mountain , Ga

Janet and Family, I will always remember Bro. Jimmy and your time at Bloomfield UMC. You both were very special to Wendell and I. May God Bless You and hold you in his arms during this sad time in your life. We all know where Jimmy is, laughing and enjoying his time in Heaven just waiting for you and the rest of the family to join him.

Christine Clark, Macon, GA.

We were so blessed to have Jimmy as our Pastor at Bloomfield United Methodist Church in Macon from 1980 - 1985. His leadership was without fault and his humor was outstanding and enjoyed by us all! He served and held high his Lord Jesus and preached with authority from the scriptures as the infallible Word of God. We truly loved Jimmy and are encouraged by the fact that we will see in again!

Tommy & JoAnne Thompson, Macon , GA

I was so sorry to read about Rev. Chester’s passing, although I know heaven is a better place with him there. I was a member of Whitefield UMC when he was the Pastor and admired him so much that I asked my parents to ask him to return to Savannah to marry my husband and me fifty years ago this April 6. How I wish I had seen him once again to thank him again. My sympathy to all his family members, I know he was loved by you all and will be missed by you also.

Patty Hawley thompson, Savannah, Ga


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