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Linwood Melvin Chester

1967 - 2015 Notice Condolences
Linwood Melvin Chester Notice

The United States Marine Corps stepped forward yesterday to honor the life of Linwood Melvin Chester, Jr. A memorial service for the beloved younger brother of Rev. Milton Emanuel Williams, Jr., was held yesterday morning in the Baltimore chapel of March Funeral Home. He died Monday, July 27th doing something he loved when he drowned in a boating accident while fishing on a pond near his Chesterfield, Virginia home. He was 47 years of age. The Memorial, attended by his Maryland and Virginia family and friends, who were joined by members of Pastor Williams' New Life Evangelical Baptist Church, was the first of three celebrations of a life dedicated to service to his country, his faith and his family. A United States Marine veteran, former Staff Sargent Linwood Chester was honored and remembered with Military Interment at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Va. Born in Baltimore, Maryland to Linwood, Sr. and Magdalene Chester, his athleticism and competitive spirit were evident on baseball fields, the basketball court and when running track at Cardinal Gibbons High School, where he graduated in 1985. His desire to travel the world was realized when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Military assignment took him to Cherry Point, Quantico, Japan and Saudi Arabia. Following completion of two tours of duty, he later served as a Marine Corps Reservist. After completing active duty as a Marine, he moved to Chesterfield, recieved an Associate Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix and was actively involved in Broad Rock Baptist Church where he served as a youth leader. He enjoyed attending Mountain Movers Church, under the leadership of Pastor Wade Runge. He pursued with passion his lifelong interests in fishing, hunting and cooking, and shared his life with his devoted friend, Mary Martin. Accomplishing anything he set his mind to, Linwood Chester will be remembered for his willingness to take on and overcome any and all of life's challenges. Those who spent any time with him would quickly discover his love for his children was his top priority and his support for his friends and loved ones was endless. Ever willing to help anyone he could, his ability to comfort and protect will be his legacy. He is survived by his parents, Linwood and Magdalene Chester, of Baltimore, Md., his daughter, Christal Chester of Prince George's County, Md., his son, Aaron Chester of Chesterfield, Va. his sisters, Cynthia Cleckley and Tammy Knox of Baltimore, Md.,brothers Rev. Milton Williams of Owings Mills, Md. and Paul Williams of Baltimore, devoted companion, Mary Martin and her son, Malik, of Chesterfield, Va, and God-daughters, Kennedy Bryant of Chesterfield, Va., Shelby Bryant, of Baltimore, and God-Son Brandon Babineaux of Florida.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Aug. 5, 2015
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