LCDR Roy Willis Chesson

Published 6:50 pm Friday, February 28, 2020

LCDR Roy Willis Chesson USN (Ret.), of Smithfield, departed this life Feb. 23, 2020 after a courageous and determined fight against stage four gastroesophageal junction cancer. Born in 1953 in Elizabeth City, N.C. to Ellen W. (“Poppy”) and Roy Otis Chesson, his parents predeceased him within seven weeks of each other in 2010. Roy is survived by his wife, Erika N. Harper Chesson of Smithfield; his son, Roy David Chesson (Tiffany) of Franklin, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jaelynn, Athena and Kian Chesson, all of Franklin, Tenn.; two sisters, Alice R. (“Robin”) Chesson and Ellen C. Edens (Mark), all of Dalzell, S.C.; two nieces, Anna Chesson Edens Hurst (Garrett) of Birmingham, Ala. and Elizabeth Edens Quinn (Alex) of Columbia, S.C.; one nephew, Mark Spears Edens Jr. of Dalzell, S.C.; and his very sweet kitty, Liam. The family will receive friends at Little’s Funeral Home, 1515 S. Church St. in Smithfield, on Friday, March 13 from 6-8 p.m. A celebration of life will be held March 14 at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Franklin, with Fr. Scott Baker officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Roy asked that memorial donations be made to PAWS of Hertford County, 231 Mt Moriah Road, Ahoskie, N.C.27910. To share online condolences and read the full text of this obituary please visit

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