OBITUARY

Raymond Chester Thompson

November 20, 1939March 10, 2018
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Raymond “Chester” Thompson died Sat., March 10 in Chattanooga, Tenn. at the age of 78. Chester is survived by his wife Margie “Stecik” Thompson; daughter Mary Ruth Danielson and son-in-law David; grandchildren Hannah, Jacob and Clark Danielson; brothers, Spencer (Norma) Thompson and Glenn (Barbara) Thompson; sister Faye (Bobby) Teater, along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents O.C. Thompson and Ruth “Stakely” Thompson, sister Eleanor Putnam and brother V.C. Thompson. Chester was born on Nov. 20, 1939 in Rome, Georgia. He was a graduate of Central High School and member of its legendary 1957 State Championship football team. He was a plumber by trade, a profession that took him north where he met and married his sweetheart Margie in1969. In 1974 they returned to make their home in East Ridge, Tenn. Chester was skilled in football and horseshoes and enjoyed the game of golf. He was also known to cut a rug with the best of them and was never known to meet a stranger. He is remembered as a gentle heart devoted to family, especially the apple of his eye Clark. Funeral services will be held at 7 pm Tuesday in the East Chapel. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, PA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chester's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Lung Association The family will receive friends from 3 – 7 p.m. Tuesday before the service, at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road. Please share your memories at: ChattanoogaEastChapel.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Services Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Alice Ortwein Billingsley

March 15, 2018

I lived one street over from Chester, but was a few years older. However, I remember him and his family. They were up and down Mulberry Street (where I lived) especially on their way to church. I lived diagonally across from Oak Grove Baptist Church. I did not go to Oak Grove except for special events--always loved their Bible Schools. I remember his Mother from her helping in church. I remember Spencer and Eleanor very well, but did not know the others very well. I ran around with the Prichard girls a lot and would come in contact with Chester, Spencer and Eleanor at their house.
We were all privileged to grow up in a great neighborhood. My condolences and prayers are extended to all of you in your loss. Due to prior commitment was not able to come by funeral home. My oldest nephew, Bill Ortwein, was in the same class at Central (1958). Again, my deepest sympathy to each of you. Alice Marie Ortwein Billingsley.

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Almost 1 years old

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Handsome

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Mischievous

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Young love

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Just hanging out

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First swim lesson

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By his side

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25 years strong

Biography

Raymond “Chester” Thompson died Sat., March 10 in Chattanooga, Tenn. at the age of 78.

Chester is survived by his wife Margie “Stecik” Thompson; daughter Mary Ruth Danielson and son-in-law David; grandchildren Hannah, Jacob and Clark Danielson; brothers, Spencer (Norma) Thompson and Glenn (Barbara) Thompson; sister Faye (Bobby) Teater, along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents O.C. Thompson and Ruth “Stakely” Thompson, sister Eleanor Putnam and brother V.C. Thompson.

Chester was born on Nov. 20, 1939 in Rome, Georgia. He was a graduate of Central High School and member of its legendary 1957 State Championship football team. He was a plumber by trade, a profession that took him north where he met and married his sweetheart Margie in1969. In 1974 they returned to make their home in East Ridge, Tenn.

Chester was skilled in football and horseshoes and enjoyed the game of golf. He was also known to cut a rug with the best of them and was never known to meet a stranger. He is remembered as a gentle heart devoted to family, especially the apple of his eye Clark.

Funeral services will be held at 7 pm Tuesday in the East Chapel. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, PA.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chester's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Lung Association
The family will receive friends from 3 – 7 p.m. Tuesday before the service, at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road. Please share your memories at: ChattanoogaEastChapel.com