Billie 'Missie' Chester

October 27, 1939December 26, 2012

Ms. Billie “Missie” Chester, age 73, went into eternal rest Wednesday night at her residence while surrounded by loved ones. Ms. Chester was a native of Bulloch County and worked with Cooper Wiss for twenty years before retiring. She worked with her sister-in-law, Gayle Chester as an assistant hairdresser and devoted her last several years caring for many individuals during their last years. Ms. Chester was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and caregiver. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorris R. Chester, her parents, Erbin and Ruby Lanier, her brothers, Bobby Lanier and Swanson Lanier, her sisters, Arlene Kirkland, Betty Bowler, and Joe Wilhite.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jerry Weaver; her son, Robert Chester, all of Statesboro; two brothers, Ray Lanier of Mineral Bluff, GA, Don (Dale) Lanier of Auburn, AL; one sister, Peggy Olliff of Mineral Bluff, GA; one granddaughter, and her fiancé, Tiffany McKenzie and Dustin Holyoak; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ramona (Huston) Costlow, Morgan (Gayle) Chester, all of Statesboro, LaFaye (Tony) Allen of Portal; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating.

Interment will follow in church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund or to Odyssey Hospice of Savannah.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 29, 2012


  • Interment

Billie 'Missie' Chester

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January 6, 2013

To family of Missie Chester, I met her through Hospice. She was a sweet and caring person. I would see her taking care of seniors in their home setting, I knew then she was a angel from above. Our Father took her home, but she has made lasting memories here. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss, May God's Love be your healing power. jan bowen, rn

Barbara Richardson-Crockett

January 3, 2013

Sorry to hear of your lose. Your mother was a beautiful person to have known. I worked with her at cooper wiss years ago. And would see her at the hospital taking care of folks when I was a nurse there. What treasurys you will always have of her.

Leon and Marcy (Jones) Bunkley

December 30, 2012

Robert, Cindy and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Missie's passing. We know you will miss her terribly. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Pennie Chester Hodges Humphries

December 28, 2012

Robert,Cindy,and Family,
An Angel on loan, how now earned her wings, now her voice rises high, with God's chorus she sings. Her life was a wonder, beautiful, and blessed, your hearts are now heavy, burdened by this test. Remember the laughter, the good times not bad, take time to cherish, the time that you had. Life is always on loan, the end lingering near, but with God's loving hand, there is nothing to fear. Celebrate her life, she is always close by, tell her everyday "I LOVE YOU", to hear a Angel sigh. For Missie was a very sweet woman that had a smile a laugh and a love for people that made us all feel so special. I will always remember the cookouts we all had together most of all I remember the love Missie had for her family and friends. Just look around she is there with you everyday. My prayers are with you Cindy, Robert, and family of Missie Chester.

December 28, 2012

To the Family of Missie:
May God give you strength during this sad time in your lives. Missie was an angel, and we loved her dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg & Janet Howard