In Memory

Janell Evans (Chester) - Class Of 1961

Janell Evans (Chester)

Janell Chester, aged 72, died Saturday 11/22 due to complications from to a car accident. She is survived by her daughter, Michele Humphries, son-in-law, Michael Humphries, grandsons Jarret & Dylan Humphries (all of Statesboro); sister, Pat Gilling and family (Overland Park, KS); brother Lee Newton and family (Peculiar, MO); Aunts and Uncles – Bill & Jean Lee, Mary Hendrix, Jeanette & Hugh Don Cannon; and 4 nieces and nephews.
Janell was born in Statesboro, GA and she spent her early life traveling the world with her family as her father’s Army assignments constantly changed. She graduated from high school at Paris American High School, Paris, France. After several more countries she returned and settled down in Statesboro. She continued her education obtaining an Associate Degree in Office Administration.
She met and married Roy Chester and made their home in Statesboro. After their daughter Michele was born they moved to Sylvania. While there she became a member of the Junior Women’s Club, supporting The Shriners and fully involved herself supporting her daughter, Michele, in school and athletic activities. She also continued to enjoy traveling.
She spent most of her working career as a Superior Court Judge’s secretary in both Screven and Bulloch County. After leaving the court system she worked as a department secretary for the ROTC department at Ga Southern, from which she retired.After her retirement she devoted all of her attention and devotion to her grandson’s athletic activities.

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11/25/14 04:28 PM #6    

Mike Wisniewski (1961)

Although forever tied to the PAHS class of '61, Janell and I became friends only in recent years through a mutual friend.  Regretably, neither one of us was able to attend the recent reunion.  Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again.  

Mike W. 

11/25/14 05:19 PM #7    

Janet Geary (Baker) (1962)

Bill and I had lunch today with Janell's brother-in-law.  She had given me some family pictures that I made into a photo album for her and passed that on to him for the family.  We expressed our condolences on behalf of our PAHS friends and had a very nice visit.   

11/26/14 08:58 AM #8    

Keith Murray (1961)

Janell was a very important part of my Senior Year at PAHS and we have kept in touch over the years.  I will miss her!  I will represent the whole PAHS Family and specially the Class of '61 at her Funeral.  I wish there were more I could do.

11/26/14 10:40 PM #9    

Michele Hornsby (Rose) (1961)

I have a framed picture on my desk of table 8 at the 1959 PAHS prom where Janell is sitting next to Larry (Rose) and I. So, she is always right there for us to see!  Larry and I so enjoyed the time we got to spend with her at the 2012 reunion in DC. We have also kept in touch with her the past couple years. Keith, I am so glad you will be attending the funeral representing us all. I will miss her and her fun spirit. We love you Janell.

11/27/14 12:21 AM #10    

G Jean Laurin (Lawrence) (1961)

I remember Janell's smile - a really great memory.  Since she was in the dorm and I was part of the Grigney Gang we didn;' have much time to spened together but the memories I do have of her are all good ones.  Her family is in my prayers at this very sad time.  Thank you, Keith, for representing us at the funeral.

11/27/14 07:40 AM #11    

David "Dan" Benton, III (1961)

I still recall Janell's constant smile and cheerful nature from decades ago.  This is a tragedy but the remembrances of Janell are nothing but good ones. 

11/29/14 08:55 AM #12    

Hank Dittman (1961)

Janelle was one of the sweetest people I have ever known...I'm very sorry that she's left us....just WAY TOO SOON!!!

11/30/14 10:46 AM #13    

Keith Murray (1961)

Funeral was well attended.  43 in family pews and over 100 others.  Her urn will be buried in the family plot at the cemetery near her Step-Dad.  Rest in Peace, Janell.

11/30/14 07:35 PM #14    

Mike Wisniewski (1961)

Thank you, Keith, for being at her funeral representing the class of '61 and her many other PAHS friends.  I'm sure her family and our classmates appreciate your having been there.

Mike W.

11/30/14 08:07 PM #15    

Lisa Walling (Leinberger) (1961)

Janell was a delightful friend and confidante. She had good council and was a true friend. I will miss her.

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