A Memorial service for Ged Stuart Chesley, 70, of Tyler, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Green Acres Baptist Church, with Dr. Paul W. Powell officiating, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Chesley went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on August 11, 2012 following a battle with a lengthy illness.
Stuart was born on April 12, 1942 in Tyler to Leo and Dorothy Chesley.
He was a charter member of Green Acres Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the building committee. Stuart graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964, with a degree in finance. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Exes. Mr. Chesley worked for East Texas Savings and Loan for 25 years, where he served as Vice President and President. During that time, he served as President of the Texas Savings and Loan League. After a lifelong career in the financial services industry, he retired in December 2010 from RBC Wealth Management, where he was Senior Vice President.
As a longtime Tyler resident, Stuart had strong ties to his community. He served as President of the University of Texas at Austin Smith County Chapter Ex-Student Association and the Patriots Club at the University of Texas at Tyler. He was past President of the Rose City Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce Contact Club. He was a member of Tyler Lodge #1233, Sharon Temple Shrine, and served on the development Council of Tyler Junior College. Stuart held an Individual Life Membership to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and was the 1975 W. C. Windsor award recipient. He was also awarded “Boss of the Year” by American Business Women’s Association in 1981.
Mr. Chesley was preceded in death by his parents.
Stuart is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; sons, Bryan Chesley and wife April, Scott Chesley and wife Michelle; daughter, Angie Turman and husband Kevin; grandchildren, Blake Turman, Clint Turman, Claire Chesley, Cole Turman, Cade Chesley and Benjamin Chesley, all of Tyler; brothers, John Chesley and wife Susan, Craig Chesley and wife Bobbie and Roger Chesley and wife Pam, all of Tyler; sister, Carolyn Belanger and husband Del of Plano; many nieces and nephews, and several cousins that held a special place in his heart. Stuart shared a close bond with all of his children and grandchildren and will be dearly missed by each of them. His brothers and sister are also very dear to his heart. He also is survived by many, many dear friends with whom he shared so many special memories. A special thank you to them for a lifetime of love, laughter, support and dedication.
Visitation is scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Aug.14, 2012 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Hospice of East Foundation, 4111 university Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.