Chester R. Williams

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Chester “Chet” R. Williams, age 71, of Anthony, NM, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Jacobs University of California San Diego Medical Center in La Jolla, California, following a courageous battle against esophageal cancer surrounded in love by two sisters, a brother-in-law and cancer center nurses. 

Chet was born in Pinehurst, Moore County, North Carolina. He was a graduate of North Moore High School, Robbins, NC, and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Chet was a US Army veteran. He had a career in the real estate industry in the Southwest. 

Chet’s passion was being a horseman. His love and care for his quarter horses was renowned; his horses were his companions who he trained with meticulous care, love and kindness. He was also a successful competitive team roper for many years. Chet was at home in the wide open spaces of New Mexico and the El Paso TX area of the Southwest and he especially loved the Hispanic people, their culture and food. Chet was a superb cook and his southern cheddar cheese biscuits were always the highlight of meals he lovingly prepared for his family and friends. Chet was an avid reader and also enjoyed playing the guitar and performing songs of John Prine, Willie Nelson, Chris Isaac, and Lyle Lovett, among so many others. 

Chet was preceded in death by his father Raymond G. Williams of Robbins, NC, and his nephew William Glenn Upchurch of High Falls, NC. He is survived by his mother Lorraine Fields Williams, Robbins, NC, sisters, Anna Matthews (Robert), Imperial Beach, CA, Sarah Williams, Goldston, NC, Sandra Smith, Timberlake, NC, and Lori Jeffreys (Todd), Macon, NC, niece Cassie Williams, Goldston, NC, grand-niece Laura Elizabeth Hackney, Pittsboro, NC, grand-nephews Joseph Glenn Upchurch (Emma), Robbins, NC, and Richard Michael Upchurch, Ramseur, NC. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 or El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank www. 


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  1. Harold Mack Nall, I had not heard from Chester since our 10th reunion for class of 1970, Chester started working at early age at
    Colon Monroes {Esso} You could tell he would excell at anything he wanted do. I am glad he was sourrounded by Family at his time
    of need.

  2. I was saddened to hear when Chester passed. An honor to get to know him even if just a little when I did. Continue to hold all in my prayers.

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