Texas justice of the peace, volunteer firefighter dies of cancer

“Your honor and integrity are as much as your word. He was big on that," Justin Chesson said of his father, Ray Chesson


By Leila Merrill

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Former longtime Jefferson County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson died Friday, according to KFDM News. Chesson, who also was a volunteer firefighter, was 66, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.

After 24 years as a justice of the peace, Chesson, who had cancer, retired in March to focus on his health. The building where Chesson held court has been named after him.

“He was a firefighter with Hamshire Fannett, an EMT,” Justice of the Peace Ben Collins told 12NewsNow. “He was a judge, justice of the peace, but above all, he was a good friend.”

Ray Chesson's son, Justin Chesson, described his father with admiration.

“Your honor and integrity are as much as your word. He was big on that. If he told you something, he stood by it,” Justin Chesson said.

 

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