Rev. Lemuel Darnell Chester, 63 of Cambridge, died suddenly on Sunday, February 7, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland.\n \n Born May 5, 1946 in Cambridge, Maryland, son of the late Sophie Jarmon and Lemuel Chester, Sr. and was raised by the late Virginia Chester and his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Leon Chester.\n \n Rev. Chester has been a resident of Cambridge his entire life. He attended the Pine Street and St. Clair Elementary Schools and was a graduate of Maces Lane High School, Class of 1964. In 1998, he received an Associates degree in ministerial studies from the Christian World College of Theology and in 2003 a Bachelors Degree in Divinity from the Christian Life College.\n \n His early religious training took place at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge. His social and spiritual leaders were his grandparents, the late Leon and Blanche Chester in the historical neighborhood called "South Pine."\n \n Rev. Chester has served as a Human and Civil Rights activist for over 30 years. His high school years were highlighted with his participation in the civil rights demonstrations of the 60's.\n \n In 1984, he entered politics and made his first unsuccessful attempt for Second Ward Commissioner. Not deterred, he became the first African American County Commissioner in November, 1986. He served two terms and turned his attentions to state politics. He continued to an advocate for voting rights, unemployment, affordable housing and effective education reform in the public schools.\n \n Rev. Chester has received numerous citations and awards for his service to the community. He will be remembered for helping the needy with clothing, food (Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners), energy assistance (sick and shut-in) and shelter (homeless). He reached out to the business community and social organizations to secure monetary contributions for the youth of Cambridge. The ministry he shared with his wife was known as the "church without walls."\n \n In 1982 he married the former Lavone Roberts. In 2001, they co-founded The Church of the Anointed One Ministries. Currently the outreach church and its congregation located on Muir Street have twenty-five ministries.\n \n In additions to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by a son, Antwine "Andy" Smith and a brother, Derrick Sudler.\n \n He is survived by his wife of twenty-seven years, Rev. Lavone Roberts Chester; three sons, David Terrence Thompson (Charisse), Lemuel Darnell Chester, III and Larry Timothy Chester; two daughters, Yolanda Marine and Sophia Christele Chester (all of Cambridge); siblings, Larry Chester (Debbie) and Ricky Chester (both of Cambridge), Sherwood Jarmon (Las Vegas, NV), Keith Jarmon (Rhode Island), Ernie Jarmon Brooks (Geneva, AL), Cynthia Magnett and Denise Mitchell (Cleveland), both of Tiverton, RI; a longtime friend who was like a brother, Ike Downs (Cambridge); grandchildren, Youlinka Smith, Myshekia Smith, Dabari Smith, Andreka Demby (Brad, Jr.), Reginald Brice and Brittney Wilson; eight great grandchildren; Uncle, William Giles (Cambridge); aunt, Gladys Jarmon Price (San Antonito, TX) ; mother in-law, Shirley Conaway Roberts (Thompsontown); sisters in-law, Marcia Banks (Smyrna, DE), Patricia Roberts (Thompsontown) and Rosalynn R. Baker (Brian), Laurel, DE; brothers in-law, James Roberts (Pearl) and Timothy Roberts (both of Thompsontown); four godchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends..\n \n Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 12 noon at Cambridge South Dorchester High School 2475 Cambridge Bypass Cambridge with a viewing Friday evening 5-8pm at Bethel AME Church 623 Pine St Cambridge and one hour prior to the services. Interment in Bethel Cemetery.