Chester Alphonso "Rock" Stavis, 31, was born on Feb. 25, 1987, in Sumter County, a son of Sarah Thomas-Kinlaw and Chester James Stavis and a stepson of Johnny Kinlaw. He departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Sumter.

Chester leaves to cherish his memories: his parents; his sisters, Laquanda Thomas and Katana Thomas; his brother, Demetris Thomas; also raised as a sister, Linda L. Scott; his maternal grandfather, Kenneth Thomas; additional step-siblings; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Louella Scott Thomas; his paternal grandparents, Jerry and Elizabeth Stavis; aunts, Gloria Stavis and Annie Scott-Oaks; and an uncle, Larry Stavis.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Stavis will be placed in the church at noon on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Grace Cathedral Ministries, 60 Oswego Highway, Sumter, SC 29150 with Bishop Anthony Gibson, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Bradford Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home, 116 Albert Spears Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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