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Gilbert “Chester” Napier, age 78

Gilbert “Chester” Napier, age 78 of Benton passed away on December 16, 2022. He was born on March 31, 1944 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Robert Napier, SR and Mildred Brod Whitfield.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Chester and Julia Brod and Gilbert and Rosie Napier; parents Robert Lee Napier SR and Mildred Brod Whitfield;  brother, Robert Napier Jr; sister, Judy Ware; son, Chad Lee Napier.

Gilbert is survived by his wife, Lena Napier; one sister, Mary Roberts; four sons, Chat Napier Jr, Richard Napier, Chuck Napier, step-son Joshua Jacob; one daughter, Tabitha Willes; twenty eight grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that loved him dearly.

He was a Truck Driver, a jack of all trades and a Veteran of the United States Navy.

He loved riding and traveling on his Harley Davidson, playing pool, fishing, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday January 7, 2023 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Brenda Posted January 3, 2023 8:04 PM

    Rest in Love Darlin. I sure am going to miss you!

  • Antoinette Garcia Posted January 5, 2023 12:55 AM

    Rest in peace.

  • Ryan Lee Napier sr Posted January 6, 2023 8:12 PM

    Rest in peace grandpa you will always be in my heart 💘💘💘💘💘💘

  • Joseph brindle Posted January 6, 2023 8:13 PM

    I will miss you alot grandpa hope you are riding with the angels 😇😇😇

  • Emily cantu Posted January 6, 2023 8:15 PM

    I will always miss you dad and you will always be my dad fly high with the angels

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