Mrs. Mary Jo (Brannen) Chester

  • "My special Aunt Jo...I visited her about a month ago, and..."
    - Michael Brannen
Service Information
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home
502 Miller Street Ext.
Statesboro, GA
Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home
502 Miller Street Ext.
Statesboro, GA 30458
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Funeral service
Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020
11:00 AM
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home
502 Miller Street Ext.
Statesboro, GA 30458
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STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Jo Brannen Chester, age 78, passed away on Friday morning, March 6, 2020, at St. Joseph's Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County was a graduate of Statesboro High School and attended the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.
She retired from the federal government, where she worked in the ROTC Department at Georgia Southern University.
Jo was a member of several organizations, including Daughters of the American Revolution, Beta Sigma Phi and Sprig and Dig Garden Club.
She attended Statesboro First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Margaret Carroll Sunday School Class and also served on the Bereavement Committee. She also enjoyed helping with Vacation Bible School each summer.
Jo was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends.
She will be remembered for always having a smile and a positive attitude.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Austin and Arleen Zetterower Brannen; her brother, Lloyd Austin Brannen Jr.; and her sister, Carrie Sue Brannen Holmes.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Larry G. Chester of Statesboro, Georgia; one son, Robert Steven Chester (Tammy) of Evans, Georgia; one daughter, Karen Lynn Chester Holbrook (Charles) of Augusta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, Drew and Charlie. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Debra W. Chester of Statesboro and Martha C. Davis of Jesup, Georgia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service in the chapel at 11 a.m. with Dr. H. William Perry and Dr. John Waters officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Georgia 30459; or to Statesboro First Baptist Church, 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458.
Friends may sign the online register book at
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, March 10, 2020
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