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McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Saturday December 10th, 2011
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Visitation

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Saturday December 10th, 2011
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Chester Biggs, Jr.

On December 7, 2011, Chester Maxwell Biggs Jr. surpassed this physical world, following the angels of mercy to his heavenly home. One of God’s most near-perfect creations, he returned to his Father’s side, leaving behind a legacy of love to fill the hearts of all who knew him and enough memories to bless his family and friends for generations to come. Whether you knew him as Biggs, Chester, Dad, Daddy, Mr. Biggs, Mick, Papa or Papa-San, it is safe to say you were truly blessed just to have known him. When asked to describe such a man, his grand-daughter replied: “humble, modest and inspirational.” His relationship with God, strong and unwavering; his love for his family, deep and unconditional; his devotion to his country, unparalleled; his insatiable thirst for knowledge, never ending; he was a man whose very presence invoked a sense of peace in any situation. He was a Marine first and foremost, then with retirement from the Corps an Elementary School Teacher, an AV Director, a published Author and a regular Jack of all Trades. A truly valiant, yet modest man, he was known more for his kindness, than his success as a survivor of captivity and his later action on the battlefield. However, to know the man, you must have known his past: exactly 70 years prior to his passing, on December 7, 1941 Chester Maxwell Biggs Jr. was taken as Prisoner of War (POW) by the Japanese while serving on embassy duty in Peiping, China during WWII. He was repatriated on September 17, 1945 by President Harry S. Truman, who would later award him three Presidential Citations for his service during the Korean War (campaigns as follows: North Korean Aggression, Communist China Aggression, Inchon Landing, First UN Counter Offensive, Communist China Spring Offensive and UN Summer-Fall Offensive). While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from October 27, 1939 to April 30, 1959, he was awarded the following decorations and citations: Three Presidential Unit Citations, Five Marine Corps Good Conduct Awards, The American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Victory Medal WWII, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Two Korean Presidential Unit Citations, The Oklahoma Cross of Valor and China War Memorial Medal. Since 1995 he was extremely active in the SERE Program at Camp McCall, sharing his experience as a North China Marine POW with today’s Military. He is survived by: The light of his life and loving wife of 53 years, Betty May Biggs; One daughter, Greta & Ray Pierce of Matoaka, WV; Three sons, Walker & Emily Biggs of Castle Hayne, NC; Mickey Biggs of Lumberton, NC and Maxwell & Kimberly Biggs of Florence, SC; 12 grandchildren, Michael Mathis, Christopher Biggs, Katherine Biggs Bryant, Shanna Hardin, Kristina Biggs Davis, Melissa Mathis, Walker Biggs Jr., Brandi Biggs Britt, Lauren Biggs Gray, Donovan Biggs, Samantha Biggs, Steven Biggs; 17 great grandchildren, Courtney Mathis, Sydney Mathis, Jovan Biggs, Alice Lewis, Zachary Mathis, Andrew Biggs, Quinton Biggs, Norah Mishue, Nicholas Mathis, Alden Davis, Chloe Buckingham, Kaylei Biggs, Colton Britt, Hunter Bryant, Kiera Davis, Zackary Bryant and Audrina Biggs; One sister, Marjorie Greer, of Pilot Point, TX; One brother, Bobby Biggs, Oklahoma City, OK; Preceded in death by his oldest son, Thomas Mathis. Memberships and Associations: Marine Corps League Shawn Kinsley Det., Life Member VFW Post 10630 Hope Mills, Life Member Greater Fayetteville Chapter One American Ex-POW, Marine Corps Historical Foundation, China Marine Association. Visitation will be held at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home in St. Pauls, Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 4-6 pm. Church Services will be held at Bladen Union Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 2 pm. Interment Services will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the: St. Pauls Public Library, 223 W. Broad Street, St. Pauls, NC 28384. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home, St. Pauls.

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Shanna:My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.What a wonderful man he must have been.

Pat Fasone Dec 11 2011 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss.Our prayers are with your family.

Cathy Hackett Dec 11 2011 12:00 AM

Max & Kimberly, So sorry to hear about the loss of your father!Thoughts & prayers are with you during this time.

Laura Bass Dec 11 2011 12:00 AM

Mrs. Biggs, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband... he sounds like an amazing man. I am friends with your granddaughter Katherine and just wanted you to know that your husband's faith and goodness live on in her. I hope that you can feel the comfort and love of Jesus Christ. Sincerely, Brandi Pitts

Brandi Pitts Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

Mickey, Max, and family: We are so sorry to hear about your father, but we know that the angels in heaven are rejoicing as your dad takes his place with our Lord and Savior.Please know that we are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers.May God continue to give you guidance, peace and strength to face each new day. The Barnes Family

Julie Barnes Baxley Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

Dear betty sorry to hear aboutChester I have try to find you but did not where you moved I was one of your student at scc I was the one who got in trouble with dean howard over the coffee pot We went to wake forrest to classes together I would love to see you !!!!!!!!!!!! When you can please contact me when at my email or 910-646 4455 betty harris lake waccamaw nc

betty harris Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

May you find comfort in knowing that GOD only allows those who have completed there earthly task to enter into his kingdom...Therefore, be assured, Mr. Biggs completed his earthly task and have received his everlasting position at the right hand of the father.Peace be with you!

Magdaline Palmer Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

Ours payers and love go with you

Sue & Tucker Ward Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

It is with a deep sadness that we wish to express our condolences to Betty and the family.Although we will miss Chester greatly he will remain forever in our hearts.The world loses a good man - we lose a brother.Semper Fi ! the North China Marines

The North China Marines Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

Walker, Words can't express how you must feel with the loss of your father, such an accomplished and respected man.Just know that there is rest in God's arms.

Teresa Dixon Dec 10 2011 12:00 AM

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