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Roby Lawrence Chester
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1907
Oak Hill (Burke County)
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 4, 1969
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

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Roby Chester passed away when I was a teenager but I remember he was a very kind and gentle man. Kids can tell these things. When Roby visited his sister, my grandmother "Mur," there was much talk and conversation was peppered with laughter. They shared family stories and caught up on the lastest news around Burke County.

Roby tended to drink too much and Mur worried about him all the time. She pleaded with him to stay away from liquor. When I was about ten I found a stash of liquor under one of the big boxwood bushes near Mur's house. I was torn about what to do about the bottle. I thought about Roby being upset; then I thought about Mur and her serious concern for his health. I unscrewed the cap from the bottle and poured out the liquor, certain I had just saved his life and spared Mur from much grief.

A few years later I rode my white pony 'Snow' over to visit Mur. She said Roby was asleep in the bedroom and we chatted and had a cold drink. I went to the door to make sure Snow was still nearby. Mur met me at the door laughing mischievously.

Mur asked me to bring Snow into the house and to the doorway where Roby was sleeping. I slowly led Snow up the steps and half way into the bedroom. Mur called to Roby and woke him up. Roby rousted awake and started to rub his eyes and squint. He didn't wear glasses but he appeared to try and rub the vision from his sight. He started yelling as if afraid, "God a mercy, a horse in the house, a horse in the house!" I quickly took Snow outside and said my good-byes.

Days later Mur told me Roby hadn't touched a drop of liquor in a while. Now I'm not sure if Roby drank again or not but seeing Snow helped for a little while. I do know alcohol is a tough addiction to break. Poor Roby was on and off 'the wagon' as long as I knew him. I have missed him and we have lauhed many times about "a horse in the house." I will tell you this, I loved Roby because he was such a sweet man, even when he was drinking. Kids know about these things.

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FATHER:

Arthur Alexander Chester
b. May 1, 1881 d. Nov 25, 1949
Born and died in Burke County, NC

MOTHER:

Effie Jane Whisenant
b. 24 Aug 1882 d. 1 Oct 1953
Born and died in Burke County, NC

ROBY WITH HIS SIBLINGS:

C. Otis "Ode" Chester
b. 30 May 1905 d. 7 March 1974
Born in Burke County, NC
Died in Kent County, Delaware

Roby Lawrence Chester
b. 19 September 1907 d. 4 January 1969
Born and died in Burke County, NC

Alice "Mur" Adeline Chester Saulmon
b. 26 July 1912 d. 23 August 2001
Born and died in Burke County, NC

Pearl Mattie Chester
b. 1914 d. 27 June 1924
Born and died in Burke County, NC

Atlas Avery Chester
b. 6 June 1917 d. 12 June 1980
Born in Burke County, NC

Fred Lewis Chester
b. 27 August 1919 d. 15 February 2002
Born and died in Burke County, NC

Zalie Elizabeth Chester Benfield
b. 20 April 1921 d. 13 May 1987
Born and died in Burke County, NC

Herman John Chester
b. 8 April 1924 d. 20 June 2011
Born and died in Burke County, NC

Enoch A. Chester
b. 17 July 1926 d. 30 January 1959
Born and died in Burke County, NC

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 Parents:
  Arthur Alexander Chester (1881 - 1949)
  Effie Jane Chester (1882 - 1953)
 
 Siblings:
  C. Otis Chester (1905 - 1974)*
  Roby Lawrence Chester (1907 - 1969)
  Alice Adaline Chester Saulmon (1912 - 2001)*
  Pearl Mattie Chester (1914 - 1924)*
  Atlas Avery Chester (1917 - 1980)*
  Enoch A. Chester (1926 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Jackie Saulmon Ramirez
Originally Created by: Armantia
Record added: Jul 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39815252
Roby Lawrence Chester
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Roby Lawrence Chester
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Roby Lawrence Chester
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Love you Roby...
- Jackie Saulmon Ramirez
 Added: May. 6, 2012
 
 
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