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Mr. Chester Arthur Dunham

June 16, 1935 ~ March 31, 2019 (age 83)

Adams announces the passing of Mr. Chester A. Dunham, 83, who transitioned on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Adams announces funeral services of Mr. Chester Arthur Dunham which will be held 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at First African Baptist Church located 23 Montgomery St. Rev. Thurmond Tillman, Pastor.

Public Viewing: 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home 

Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 P.M., Monday, April 8, 2019 in The Adams Chapel.

Interment: Gould Cemetery in Townsend, GA (McIntosh County).

OBITUARY:

Mr. Chester Arthur Dunham departed this life on Sunday, March 31, 2019.  Chester was born June 16, 1935 to the late Frank and Estella Dunham. 

Chester is a native of McIntosh County and attended the public schools of McIntosh County. He furthered his studies by attending Cast Technical City College in Detroit, Michigan. He also attended George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Springs, Maryland. He was a member of ILA Local 1414 and has served in the past as Vice President,  Interim President, and member of the Executive Board. He also served as Union Safety Director. Chester served many years as president of The Harris Neck Land Trust. There, he adamantly fought to recover land stolen from his family and the community of Harris Neck, his hometown. He stood on the battle line alongside the community, working with lawyers petitioning the fish and wildlife refuge to return their families’ land. He served as President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute of Savannah, Georgia and as political chair for Geo-Vista Credit Union. Chester lived his life fighting for the rights of common people, giving a voice and fighting against oppression and suppression. He believed a life not serving mankind was a life wasted. Chester viewed life as an opportunity to serve God, Family and Community. He was a member of Historic First African Baptist Church and served on the trustee board. Chester was also widely known as the creator and host of “The Dunham Report”. He was husband to the beautiful, Antoinette Robinson Dunham. He stood as a stoic role model for his children and grandchildren.

Chester was preceded in death by his beloved parents, and sisters Inez Dunham Martin, Frankie Dunham and Ella Trappio.

Chester leaves a legacy of love to be cherished by his amazingly devoted wife Antoinette R. Dunham; sons, Jackie Robinson (Donna), Michael Dunham, Henry Watson, Jerry Dennard, Stephen Mitchell (Kali), Ejay Elam, Curtis Antonio Foster; daughters Salathia Singleton, Cheryl Lannigan (Walter), Sareka Davis (Tyrone), Alexis Dingle; Grandchildren Dashay Saures, Alanna Robinson, Alexis Robinson, Antwan Dennard, Ramond Singleton, Coreanda Ellison, Matthew Wilkerson, Toi’yauna Wilkerson, Tyrone Davis Jr, Isaac Wilkerson, Tyke Davis, Ethan Elam, Kaitlin Gardner, Josephine Mitchell, TyJai Davis, Justice Mitchell, Faith Dingle, Christian Johnson, Phoenix Mitchell, Erin Elam; siblings Kenneth Dunham Sr. (Frances), Janie Whitty; nephew Kenneth Dunham Jr.; Niece Valerie Dunham; cousins Ethel Griffin, Elaine Griffin, Gessna Canadiate; mother-in-law Delores P. Robinson; in-laws Dr. Deborah R. Jones (Michael), Edna Mason, Demetrice Rooks (Carzell), Sgt. Jonas Robinson (Norda), Daryl Cone (Artlisa); special friend Benjamin Polote Sr.; host of nieces, nephews, godchild Lacynte Johnson, other relatives and friends.

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