November 27, 1931 ~ April 19, 2020

Born in: Houston, Texas
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Chester Carroll King, age 88, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on April 19, 2020. Chester was born on November 27, 1931 in Houston, TX to Otho Carroll King and Pauline Lokey King. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1949. After serving three years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston in 1958 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Chester is preceded in death by his wife, Norma Byrd King; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.C. King; and his brother, Gordon Lee King. He is survived by his children: Daughter, Carol (Carl) Walls, of Lawrenceville; Daughter, Paula King, of Clarkesville; and Son, Kevin (Michele) King, of Acworth, GA; and his grandchildren: Kathryn (Matt) Glaze Thacker, Rebecca Ann Glaze, Jessica Anne King, and Jacob Patrick King, as well as many nieces and nephews. Professionally, Chester retired from Tenneco Oil Company with 31 years of Financial Services/Retail Credit management in Houston and Atlanta. He consulted in Retail Marketing for 5 years; and after he and Norma retired to the north Georgia mountains in 1996, he served as a Church Administrator for 14 years. Music, primarily sacred music, was his passion. With a Licentiate Diploma in Organ Performance from Trinity College in London in 1955, throughout his life he shared his gift of music — studying piano at the Houston Conservatory of Music; privately instructing piano and organ; serving as the church organist or pianist for almost 40 years in several Protestant congregations; and composing sacred music. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cornelia. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church of Cornelia, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531. A virtual service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, April 24, 2020 in the Gwinnett Chapel of Wages & Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Arrangements by: Wages and Sons, Gwinnett Lawrenceville Chapel.
Interment: Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest, GA.


Funeral Service: April 24, 2020 11:00 am - April 24, 2020 12:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


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  1. The world has lost a fine gentleman in Chester King. He was one of the nicest people I have ever have had the privilege to know. He is now resting in heaven with his dear wife, Norma. He will be missed.

  2. Prayers and sincere sympathy to all my family in Georgia. Uncle Chester was a special man! I wish I could be there with you. Love to all.

  3. He will be truly missed. He was always so sweet to me when I would come up to visit, always so welcoming. Thank you Carol and Carl for letting me meet this wonderful man. Love you all.

  4. CandleImageMr. King was a very special person. I know he will truly be missed by everyone. Stan & I always looked forward to seeing & talking with him whenever he was at Fenders Diner!
    Prayers & hugs for the family

  5. So very sorry to hear the news. Wishing you peace and many wonderful memories to ease the pain of your loss. I know he is rejoicing in heaven with Norma ❤️

  6. Ches was such a kind, personable and humble man. His piano rendition of the military medley of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard songs at our Veteran meetings at First Baptist Cornelia was a real ‘foot tapper’. We will certainly miss him in so many ways.

  7. Very special person in my life. A friend, advisor, teacher, and mentor. Learned much from Ches. We have lost the best.

  8. CandleImageChes was one of the kindest and smartest men we ever had the privilege to know. He and Norma were cornerstones of 1st Baptist Cornelia serving together as deacons and in many other areas. Ches never let age define how he would serve others or serve his God. He was a role model and mentor for us. Whenever a situation came up at church, Ches was the voice of reason and Godly wisdom. We will miss his quiet demeanor, his quick wit and his smile. There is a hole that can’t be filled with the passing of our friend Ches. Our prayers are with you as we all celebrate a life lived well and lived to the full.

  9. CandleImageCarole,Paula, and Kevin,

    I was so saddened to hear of Chess’s death.
    My love and prayers are with of you.

    Jeannette Dempsey

  10. To my dear family in Georgia … My heart aches at the loss of Uncle Ches. My fondest childhood memories, without a doubt, are the trips that we made to visit you during summer breaks. Trips that included daily outings to some of the most beautiful places in Georgia … picnics at Dahlonega Falls, visits to Helen, GA, hiking up Stone Mountain and the list goes on … but my best memories are not necessarily the trips themselves but the laughter, the stories, and the shenanigans between our families! I loved to watch Uncle Ches and Aunt Norma and Mom and Dad reminisce about the the whole King clan … usually followed by side-splitting laughter. The one thing that I take comfort in is knowing that we’ll all be together again one day and, if I know Uncle Ches, he and Aunt Norma will have already scoped out the most glorious places to show us in Heaven when we arrive! We are thinking about all of you during this difficult time and pray that you feel our love now and in the coming weeks.

  11. CandleImageUncle Chester was a very special man. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Much love, Gayle

  12. CandleImageOur Prayers and thoughts are with you King family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to care for Mr. King.

  13. I count it one of God’s richest blessings to have had the opportunity to call Ches King my friend and colleague. His support of my ministry at FBC Cornelia was a blessing. He truly was a good man!

  14. I have just watched the service and tribute to a very special person, Chester King. I will miss him as I have missed Norma over these years, but I know there is rejoicing in heaven because of his homecoming. They were wonderful friends to Charles and me and because of the sacrificial love of our Savior, I know that someday we will all be together again. To Carol, Paula and Kevin, your parents loved each of you so very much and were so proud of you. May that love go with you every day especially during this time of sadness in your lives.

  15. Lovely service for Uncle Chester today. I have many fond memories of him from so long ago. Paula and Kevin’s tributes brought back a few old memories of Chester for me as well. He was a fine man and raised a beautiful family, he will be missed. Heaven has truly gained an angel. I’m sure he is with Norma in a good place now.
    Love to you all,
    Sid Shackelford Jr.

  16. Dear Carol and Paula, what a loving tribute for Chester; thank you for sharing his service with us. Chester was our friend and neighbor for 24 years. We shared many conversations throughout these years. He was our secretary/treasurer for our homeowners’ association for many, many years, a thankless job he did with a smile. Chester was kind, funny, and so interesting to talk to, always thoughtful and smiling. May God give you peace and comfort during this sad and difficult time. Love, Rebekah Nash

  17. What a blessing it was to have had Mr. Chester as a part of our lives! It was always a joy to see him at church and to be neighbors with him In Northridge. Sending our love and prayers to you all during this time.

    Dustin and Leigh Thomas
    Collier and Cohen

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