Kenneth Dearl “Ken” Chesser, 75, of Georgiana, died Monday, July 19 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Holder officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30-11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery conducted by Pastor Gayle Woodard. Active pallbearers will be Brent Chesser, Zachary Chesser, Dean Peevy, Joe Jones, Randy Jones, Winton Bush, Charles Bennett, and Douglas Bennett. Honorary pallbearers will be William S. Hugghins, Charles Shepherd, Randall Matthews, Sammy Hester, John McGowin, Don Stanley, Rex Lee, and Larry Creech.
Ken was born September 8, 1945, in Red Level, Alabama, to Arthur Dowe and Eunice Kervin Chesser. He was a 1963 graduate of McKenzie High School and married Melissa Dozier Chesser in 1969. Along with William S. Hugghins, Ken founded Custom Services in Georgiana, operating until retirement in 1998.
He was active in the civic and community life of Georgiana and Butler County for many years. He served on the Georgiana Industrial Board and Zoning Board for several years, and was a member of the Trustmark Bank Advisory Board. He was a supporter and coach of the South Butler Academy football program. He very much enjoyed horses, antique vehicles, and Alabama football.
Ken is survived by his wife of 52 years, Melissa Chesser; daughter, Jennifer Chesser; sisters, Yvonne Smith and Linda (Jerry) Bassett; sister-in-law, Ellen Dozier. He’s also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Stephanie; brothers, Greil, Morris, Bob, and Carrol Chesser; sisters, Wilma Dean McIntyre and Betty Joyce Rhyne.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Pauline Lowery, 80 Slim Lane Georgiana, AL 36033 or to the charity of one’s choice.