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.
Family and friends of former Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson are mourning his death Friday morning. https://t.co/24uEujTCVB— 12NewsNow (@12NewsNow) October 15, 2021
“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.
SETX lost a great man today in Judge Ray Chesson. Ray served Jefferson Co. as J.P. for 24 years. He was a pillar for the Hamshire-Fannett community. I have been blessed over the years by his friendship and leadership. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the Chesson family. pic.twitter.com/TyH47BnS8Q— Dade Phelan (@DadePhelan) October 15, 2021