Richard Chesney


Richard Phillip Chesney, 89, of Cleveland, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Friday, May 22, 2020, after a brief illness.

Richard was born on March 4, 1931 in Greeneville, grew up in Knoxville, and graduated from Southern Missionary College (Southern Adventist University) in 1953 with a bachelor of arts in chemistry. He then served in the U.S. Army as a lab technician from 1953-1955, returning to Collegedale, to work at the College Press.

Richard enjoyed a long career in the printing industry, first with Preston Printing Company for 33 years, followed by 15 years at Starkey Printing Company in Chattanooga.

He enjoyed working on his cars, playing the ukulele, watching the Atlanta Braves baseball, and mowing the lawn on his John Deer tractor. He was also a former member of the Chattanooga Area Model Railroad Club. He was a longtime member of the Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. He had a generous heart, and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Florence Chesney of Knoxville; and his first wife, Ruby, who passed away on March 27, 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Daryl Chesney; his three children: Evan, Sharon Jenkins (Chuck), Duane (Nancy); and his stepchildren: Douglas Mayberry, Doreen Frost, and her children Brandon and Brett Frost.

The family is grateful to Eagle Home Care and Adoration Hospice for the loving care they provided.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. You are invited to share a memory of Richard and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his online memorial and guest book at

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to It Is Written at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to assist the Chesney family with these arrangements.


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