Brother Huston Chester
February 9, 1934 - March 25, 2011
                Brother Huston Chester was called to his eternal home on March 25th 2011.  Brother Huston was born February 9, 1934 to Lank and Ruby Chester.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marie Mullins, brother Avis  Chester, father and mother in-law, Garvie and Bertha Rose, special aunt Elizabeth Mullins, special uncle Welford Dotson, son David Chester, grandson Gunner Caldwell and great-grandson Riley Childress.  He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jean Chester.  Also survived by seven children: Tracy Evans, Tamala (Danny) Sykes, Nancy Mullins, Melissa Evans, Greg Evans, and Dawn (Clifford) Rose.  Surviving brothers include: Cleatus (Vernia) Chester, Emerson (Wanda) Chester, Guy (Naomi) Chester and one sister Christine (Raymond) Pratt. He leaves behind sixteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
                Services were held March 29th 2011 at the Mullins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Allen Viers officiating. The Garvey Rose Cemetery, located in Clintwood, Virginia, serves as final resting place.  Pallbearers were  Caleb Chester, Tracy Evans, Josh Evans, Danny Sykes, Clifford Rose, Mackie Rose, Ron Mullins and Habern Wallen.  Honorary Pallbearers were Albert Large, Harvey Hartsock, Allen Viers, Mike Standifur, T.J. Falce, Bobby Rose, Mitchell Chester, Tommy Chester, Larry Dotson, Delmer Whisenhunt, Benny Vanover, Jennings Dotson, Avery Dotson, Junior Branham, Derick Robinson, and the Deacons of Lick Fork Free Will Baptist Church. 
                Brother Huston was a retired coal miner, who enjoyed spending time with his family and his church family.  He took great pleasure in the outdoors, hunting and fishing was among his favorite things.  He leaves behind special fishing and hunting buddies Caleb Chester, Albert Large and Harvey Hartsock. Brother Huston’s keen sense of humor and bright outlook on life are among the many qualities of this special man’s character that will be missed by all who knew him.
                Brother Huston Chester was saved in 1978 and became a member of Lickfork Freewill Baptist church the following year in 1979.  Huston was very personable and could always be counted on for a warm greeting and a welcoming handshake to all who entered the doors of our church. He was a favorite among the youngsters at church and he always had a piece of candy on hand for each of them!
                Huston’s personal testimony was powerful and he never failed to share what God had done for him throughout his life as a Christian. He often said, “No one can do me like Jesus”.  He was faithful to share the love of God with others through his witness and testimony.  A service never passed without him praising God openly and remembering those in need of prayer. Huston was faithful to attend Sunday school and Bible study and his knowledge of scripture and willingness to participate in discussions helped to enhance the experience for all who would attend. 
                Brother Huston’s presence among us will be greatly missed, because his presence served much more than a physical presence, filling a pew on Sunday; he was a contributing member with a powerful testimony, who lived what he believed and who had great faith that was real. We are thankful for Brother Huston and his life’s testimony, that will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.  But we are even more grateful for the example of boldness that he set before us all.; may each of us aspire to live our faith out loud, just as our brother did.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”  Romans 1:16

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