CHESTER H., JR.
77, formerly of Warren, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Born in Finleyville, PA, to Rev. Dr. Chester H. Byars, Sr. and Beulah Briscoe Byars, Chester, Jr. Affectionately known as Chet, he lived most of his life in Warren, Ohio, but recently moved to Spring Hill, TN. Chester was talented in many areas. He enjoyed playing the piano and served as a church musician most of his life. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War and rose to the rank of Sergeant. Chester worked for many years at Trumbull Bronze and later retired from Wetzel Plating in Warren, Ohio. He also served as a Deacon at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Warren and was a member of the Masons. Chester was also a skilled craftsman and enjoyed gardening. In his spare time, he enjoyed singing gospel music and spending time with his beloved family. Chester is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Frances Byars. He was very proud of his three daughters and eight grandchildren, Leisa and Del McSpadden of Brentwood, TN (Del, Jr., Lauryn), Sonya and Trevor Pryce of Ellicott City, MD (Khary, Kamryn, Trevor III), and Nicole Byars of Hendersonville, TN (Dante, DeWitt, Ashley). He is also survived by two sisters, Carol Berryman (Richard) and Sue Goodson; two brothers, James Byars (Debbie) and Daniel Byars; as well as several aunts, uncles, and many loving nieces, nephews and close friends. Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Dr. Chester H. Byars, Sr. and Beulah Briscoe Byars; a son, Chester Byars III; two brothers, Reginald and John Byars; and his sister, Joanne Whiting. Calling hours for friends will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 3801 Mountain Rd., South Park Township, PA 15129 on Sat., Oct. 12, 2013 beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by the Homegoing Service at 12:00. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rev. Dr. C.H. Byars Scholarship Fund by sending to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, PO Box 428, South Park, PA 15129 and reference the scholarship name in the memo.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Oct. 10, 2013