Chess Ronald Mizell, 22, of Midland, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 15, 2013, in College Station, Texas, where he was attending Texas A&M University
. Chess was born April 26, 1990, in Midland. He attended Blessed Sacrament grade school and Northeast Middle School. He graduated from Midland High with the Class of 2008 and was proud to be a Chemic. Chess then attended Michigan State University
, and was currently completing his degree at Texas A&M. Chess was so excited that he would be presented with his "Aggie" ring in April of this year.
Chess was an avid sports enthusiast and focused his playing career on soccer. He played for the Midland Soccer Club, TNT Soccer in Lansing, Midland High and the Michigan State University club team. In 2007, Chess was named goalie for the Saginaw Valley Dream Team. He also found a love for lacrosse in high school. Chess' mother lovingly documented through photography the years of soccer that Chess played, and the many fun things that he did with family and friends. Chess was also particularly proud of the several victories he had with his dad in father-son golf events at the Midland Country Club.
Chess was a dedicated PC gamer, including WoW, Diablo II and others. He also loved Myth Busters and attended their recent show in Detroit with his Mom and Dad. He enjoyed adventure and spending time up north in Michigan with his mom and dear friends. During his studies in Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M, he found a passion for mitigating the effects of climate change. He was looking forward to being an intern this summer in Dow's Environment, Health and Safety Remediation group. Chess had a great heart and was bestowed with a most beautiful smile. He will be remembered for his romantic optimism, love of white rice, crunchy mac and cheese and his gentle ways. We are all blessed to have been loved by him.
He is survived by his parents, Michelle Jeffrey and Chess Mizell; grandparents, Martha Jeffrey and her husband, Don Tuszynski, and Chess and Patsy Mizell; and sister, Kayla Mizell. He is also survived by his stepmother, Kristen Mizell; stepsiblings, Kevin and Katherine; stepgrandfather, Harold Kelley; aunt, Debbie (Jeffrey) Williamson; uncles, Patrick (Tara) Jeffrey, Dunn (Shelley) Mizell and Lee (Jamie) Mizell; as well as several cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Ronald Jeffrey; and uncle, Aaron Williamson. He also leaves behind his dear chocolate lab, Izzy, who we know will miss him so much. Chess also treasured the many dear friends he made throughout his life. He had found a kindred spirit in his friend and fellow A&M student, Carrie, who brought much joy to his life. They all had a special place in Chess' heart.
Funeral services for Chess will take place 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Fr. Peter Gaspeny officiating. Chess' family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, and at the church on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until time of the service. In addition to services in Midland, Chess will be honored at Silver Taps at Texas A&M campus in College Station on April 2, 2013. Silver Taps is a sacred tradition that Aggies hold dear. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a scholarship that will be established for an environmental science major in Chess' name at Texas A&M.