Chester Arlen Tillett

Chester Arlen Tillett

Chester “Chessie” Arlen Tillett, of Manns Harbor passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of October 20, 2013. He was 61 years old. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

His father, Claude Chester Tillett has passed before him. He leaves behind his wife of 37 ½ years, Frances Tillett; his mother, Alice Creef Tillett; his daughter, Christina Purtee, and her husband, Britt Purtee; his son, Chessie Tillett, and his partner Becca Reeves; his grandson, Damian Tillett; his father-in-law, Bobby Walston; his mother-in-law Molly Walston; his brother-in-law, Jesse Walston and his partner Hazel; his brother-in-law, Robert Walston and his wife Vanessa; his brother-in-law, Ashley Walston and his wife Donna. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece, nephews, great-nieces, and friends.

Chester served in the United States Navy for six years. He worked at Manteo Furniture Company for 23 years and the Dare County Detention Center for nine years. He volunteered with the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years. He loved fishing, outdoor projects, and reading.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, in Manns Harbor, at 2:00 PM.

Instead of flowers, please send donations to Dare County Hospice, PO Box 1000, Manteo, NC, 27954. Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, PO Box 95, Manns Harbor, NC, 27953. Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 165, Manns Harbor, NC, 27953. Manns Harbor Women’s Club, PO Box 72, Manns Harbor, NC, 27953. Dare County In-Home Services, PO Box 669, Manteo, NC, 27954.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. VANESSA WALSTON on October 21st, 2013 11:44 am

    FRANCES,YOUR BROTHER ROBERT LOVES YOU DEARLY & WISHES HE COULD BE HERE WITH YOU, IF HE WAS HE WOULD NOT LEAVE YOU SIDE. YOU KNOW HOW DEVOTED HE IS TO FAMILY. CHRISTINA & CHESSIE ROBERT WANTS YOU BOTH TO KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVES YOU. HIS HEART BRAKES THAT HE CAN’T BE HERE TO HELP YOU DURING THIS TIME, BUT HE WANTS YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN HIS THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, HIS HEART & LOVE IS WITH YOU MUCH LOVE YOU BROHTER & UNCLE. ROBERT W.


  2. Brenda butler on October 21st, 2013 11:55 am

    You are in my prayers,


  3. VANESSA WALSTON on October 21st, 2013 12:05 pm

    FRANCES,CHESSIE,CHRISTINA & MISS ALICE, I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH. WE ARE A CLOSE KNIT FAMILY! IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BE CHESTER COUSIN (WE WERE CLOSE THEN) BUT THEN HE MET & MARRIED FRANCES & THEN BECAME MY BROTHER IN LAW. WE HAVE HAD LOTS OF FUN FAMILY TIMES CAMPING COOKOUTS AT THE SOUND/OCEAN HOLIDAYS BIRTHDAYS & ANY REASON TO GET TOGETHER WE DID. FAMILY WAS/IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND WE TOOK/TAKE VERY CHANCE TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER. CHESTER WAS A GREAT HUSBAND,BROTHER IN LAW SON IN LAW UNCLE & FATHER & GRANDFATHER.CHESTER THANKS FOR SUCH GOOD MEMORIES, YOUR LOVE, DEVOTATION.YOU WILL BE MISSED! AS MY GRANDAUGHTER SAID “WHEN HE GETS TO HEAVEN HE WILL WALK,TALK & BE HAPPY” & I’M SURE THAT IS WHERE HE IS. FRANCES I LOVE YOU & I’M HERE FOR YOU ANY TIME YOU NEED ME! CHRISTINA & CHESSIE AS YOUR AUNT I’M HERE FOR YOU TOO I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH.DEPEND ON GOD TO HELP YOU DAILY YOUR DAD WILL ALWASY BE W/YOU AS YOUR MOM SAID “HE’S YOUR GUARDING ANGEL NOW” HE’S LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN’HE’S WITH YOU & LOVES YOU. LOVE VANESSA WALSTON.


  4. Jean Sanderlin on October 21st, 2013 6:30 pm

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I’m here for you.


  5. Gary Gard on October 21st, 2013 6:59 pm

    Chessie & I grew up together & entered the Navy together on the “buddy” plan. He was a life long friend. I will always remember the good times we had together. Fair winds & following seas, shipmate. We will keep your family in our prayers.


  6. Jim and Bett Beasley on October 21st, 2013 7:31 pm

    May your faith carry you through this sorrowful time. Your family is in our prayers.


  7. Alfred Jackson on October 21st, 2013 9:11 pm

    A great man,I had a chance to spend a lot of time with him in fire training and then working at Sheriff Office at the same time. Another great person gone to soon. My thoughts are with the family.


  8. Mary Jolliff Moore on October 21st, 2013 9:34 pm

    Chessie and I had an ambulance experience that was funny and unforgettable, though I’m sure he wished it were. A nice, friendly fellow, and a pleasure to work with. Love, Mary


  9. Roxanne Jackson on October 21st, 2013 10:03 pm

    Frances, Aunt Alice and family,
    Chessie was someone that you could always get a smile out of! He was quite in school but always gave you that smile. Chessie was taken home to soon. You all are in my prayers during this difficult time in your lives!


  10. Jennifer Gamiel on October 21st, 2013 10:23 pm

    Praying for comfort and peace for all of you during this sad time.

    Jennifer


  11. Vickie Craddock & Family on October 22nd, 2013 8:32 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.


  12. Jasper Williams on October 22nd, 2013 8:51 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with with you. Sorry for your loss. I worked with Chester many years ago. Great man and friend. God Bless.


  13. Ty Beasley on October 22nd, 2013 10:00 am

    I am honored to be able to say that Chester was my friend. Frances,Christina, Chessie and Miss Alice you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  14. Daryl Watts on October 22nd, 2013 10:20 am

    So sorry to hear – we go way back. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you.


  15. Donna Andrews on October 22nd, 2013 10:55 am

    Auntie Aye, Frances & Family,
    I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    Peace, Prayers & Love.


  16. Daryl and Tracy Watts on October 22nd, 2013 11:31 am

    Frances and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you now. Your memories of Chessie will help to get you through this time.


  17. Betty Kitching on October 22nd, 2013 11:39 am

    our thoughts and prayers go out to you and you family


  18. RAMONA TWIFORD on October 22nd, 2013 1:39 pm

    FRANCES&ALICE &FAMILY I AM SO SORRY ABOUT CHESSIE. HE WAS A LOT OF FUN. WE ARE PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS RAMONA&AND ALL THE TWIFORDS.


  19. Della Gill on October 22nd, 2013 4:56 pm

    Heartfelt sympathy to you, Frances, and Chrissie in particular but certainly to the entire family in the loss of
    Chester. He could not have had a more caring and loving wife and daughter. You are in my prayers.


  20. BONNIE HOOPER on October 22nd, 2013 7:04 pm

    FRANCES & FAMILY,I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!KEEP THE FAITH & GOD WILL CARRY YOU & YOURS THROUGH THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.YOU DO HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL LOOKING DOWN ON Y’ALL NOW.CHESTER SURE LOVED HIS FAMILY WITH HIS WHOLE HEART AND SOUL.AT DCDC HE TALKED Y’ALL ALOT WHILE WE WORKED.THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE FRANCES’ COOKING!!!IF I CAN DO ANYTHING I AM A PHONE CALL AWAY!GOD BLESS YOU & YOURS!FRIENDS ALWAYS,BONNIE & DAVID


  21. Patricia Nash and family on October 22nd, 2013 8:43 pm

    Oh I am sooo sorry to hear…I heard some time ago he was not doing very well…sending big big hugs and prayers…God Bless you all..


  22. Crystal C Basnight on October 22nd, 2013 10:47 pm

    Aye, Frances and Family,
    I am so very sorry that this happened.
    May God comfort you always.

    Love, Crystal


  23. Annie Gray-Clark on October 23rd, 2013 10:43 am

    Frances, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family on the passing of your dear husband. I remember the joy and love Chessie brought you from your dating in high school and throughout your married life together. God bless you. May you be in peace. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.


  24. Grace Twiford Overton on October 23rd, 2013 5:02 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss.Will be thinking of all of you during this time of sorrow.


  25. George and Linda Pearce (Manteo, NC) on October 24th, 2013 11:47 am

    Your sympathies to his loving family and many friends. Gone far too soon.


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