SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Chester H. Byars Jr., 77, formerly of Warren, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at home surrounded by family.
Born March 6, 1936, in Finleyville, Pa., to the Rev. Dr. Chester H. Byars Sr. and Beulah Briscoe Byars, Chester Jr., affectionately known as Chet, lived most of his life in Warren but recently moved to Spring Hill, Tenn.
Chester was talented in many areas. He enjoyed playing the piano and served as a church musician much of his life. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and rose to the rank of sergeant.
Chester worked for many years at Trumbull Bronze and later retired from Wetzel Plating in Warren. He also served as a deacon at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Warren and was a member of the Masons.
Chester also was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed gardening. In his spare time he enjoyed singing gospel music and spending time with his beloved family.
Chester is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Frances Byars. He was very proud of his three daughters, Leisa (Del) McSpadden of Brentwood, Tenn., Sonya (Trevor) Pryce of Ellicott City, Md., and Nicole Byars of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren, Del Jr., Lauryn, Khary, Kamryn, Trevor III, Dante, DeWitt and Ashley. He also is survived by two sisters, Carol (Richard) Berryman and Sue Goodson; two brothers, James (Debbie) Byars and Daniel Byars; as well as several aunts, uncles and many loving nieces, nephews and close friends.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Dr. Chester H. Byars Sr. and Beulah Briscoe Byars; a son, Chester Byars III; two brothers, Reginald and John Byars; and his sister, Joanne Whiting.
Calling hours for friends will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by the homegoing service at noon at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 3801 Mountain Road, South Park Township, Pa. 15129.
A memorial service will be held noon Monday in Pineview Memorial Park located at 4049 Youngstown Road in Warren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rev. Dr. C.H. Byars Scholarship Fund, by sending to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, P.O. Box 428, South Park, Pa. 15129, and reference the scholarship name in the memo.