The Reverend William Thad Chesser, 74, retired minister of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, died September 17, 2017 at Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, Alabama.
He was born in Chipley, Florida, received his Masters of Divinity from Duke University and was ordained an Elder in 1969. For 48 years, he pastored churches in Alabama and West Florida. He served Fulton Heights UMC for 14 years before retiring in 2011.
He is survived by his two children: John Chesser (Mary) of Woodstock, Georgia; Andrea Ottolino (John) of Mobile; two grandchildren: Joshua Chesser ; Emma Grace Ottolino ; former spouse Verna Chesser of Mobile; three sisters: Jimmie Fay Sanders, Allee Chesser Sharp, Patty Herndon; brother, Stephen Chesser; nieces and cousins.
A service of Christian Burial was at noon in the chapel of Dauphin Way UMC on September 21, 2015. Interment followed at Pine Crest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mobile Inner City Mission, Open Doors Ministry, or United Methodist Children's Home.