Harvey Allen Chester, 64, of Garner, NC passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Rex Memorial Hospital, in Raleigh, NC. He was the son of the late William and Velma Chester, and beloved husband of Cynthia Hankins Chester for 37 years. While residing in Dunbar, WV, "The Bottom", he attended Ferguson Baptist Church and enjoyed mentoring youth in the community. Harvey graduated from Dunbar High School in 1972 where he was a basketball "Superstar" and his team was in the 1972 Class AAA State Championship game.
He graduated from WVSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He continued his love for basketball by playing for the WVSU Yellow Jackets. He was also a dedicated fan of the New England Patriots football team years before they won their first NFL Championship game. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Harvey retired from IBM in 2013 after 34 years of service. He was a manager, mentor, motivator, teacher, and a great leader. He enjoyed his work and considered many of the employees his "family" away from home. His love for fishing was his favorite "get away". He also enjoyed reading books and could finish reading one in a day.
He leaves to cherish his memories: wife; Cynthia Hankins Chester, son; Keith V. Morris, sisters; Grace E. Craft, Dorothy A. Setzer, T. Lenora "Nodie" (Ronald) Choice, and Thomasina "Tommie" Chester, brothers; William S. "Bo" Chester, Jr., David J. Chester, mother-in-law; Lorraine Hankins, sister in-laws; Lisa Hankins Bradley, Dorsey Hankins Smith and a host of other relatives and friends.
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