Chester David Williams, 77 of Battle Creek, MI, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in the presence of the Lord surrounded by his family.
He was born October 16, 1945, in Battle Creek, MI to the late Elder C.W. Williams Sr. and Pauline (Trown) Williams and is the sixth child of eight children. Chester attended and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1964 and was involved the BCCHS Band Follies and was a member of the singing group called “The Nutones”. He also took classes at Kellogg Community College in music and sang with the Eclectic Chorale. Chester married the “Love of his Life”, Grindl Bennett on September 22, 1990 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
He worked for Clark Equipment and retired after many years and was a man of many talents, working in the area of carpentry, including renovations, and decorating. He was also a talented musician, playing instruments such as: the piano, organ, harmonica, guitar, and congas. He was a talented singer appearing on the “Bobby Jones Show” and made other local vocal appearances. But most of all he enjoyed being with family and sharing his musical talents during family gatherings.
Hobbies he enjoyed were fishing, motorcycle riding, traveling, boating, enjoyed driving various styles of cars, car shows and maintaining his lawn.
He accepted the Lord at an early age and rededicated his life later and served him faithfully. He accepted his calling into the ministry and was an ordained elder. Before his illness, he was very active in his church and had been a Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study teacher, was a member of the choir, kitchen staff, as well as played the organ, and always willing to lend a helping hand.
He never missed an opportunity to witness or lead someone to Christ. He was a man of wisdom and knowledge and lived by example. He was a beloved husband, father and devoted family-oriented man who loved his children immensely, whom he imparted his wisdom and life experiences.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Grindl, daughters: Sonji Taylor, Concord, NC, Halona (Kenneth) Bush, Charlotte, NC, and Lamar Marshall (Battle Creek). Siblings: Leanna Clark, Mary Burgess, Ernice Sims, Shirley Gills, Clifton Williams, Jr., S. Edward (Roberta) Williams, and D. Elaine Kemp.
Grandchildren: Jestin Wimbley, Nathaniel Harris, Mariah Harris, Kavon, and Kiere Taylor (step grandsons) Kayla Thompson, Lexis Daley, Cire Davis, and Sean Bush (step grandson) Great Grandchildren: Kanere Wimbley, Sula Wimbley, Rain Wimbley, Arianna Taylor (step great grand) Kaiden Thompson, Analah Thompson, Leiyana Thompson, Isaiah Thompson & Anari Thompson.
He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved him dearly. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, and although he has departed this life, his life and legacy will continue to live on.
Visitation will be on April 26, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 Bedford Road Battle Creek, Michigan 49037. A funeral service to celebrate Chester’s life will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 starting at 11:00 a.m at Masterpiece Creation Church, 616 N. Washington Avenue Battle Creek, Michigan 49037 . Arrangements are done by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Personal messeges to the family may be place at www.bachmanhebble.com.