Donnell “Chicken Man” Chess

August 24, 1981 ~ March 14, 2024 (age 42) 42 Years Old

Donnell Chess Obituary

Donnell, a native of Gainesville, Florida and son of Clyde  Tomas, Sr., and Terry Chess was born on August 24, 1981. He attended public schools in Alachua County. He lived his life to the fullest and loved his family and friends.


Donnell was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Zeddie Chess and Elizabeth Hudson, and uncle, Keith Jackson.

In God’s perfect timing, on Thursday, March 14, 2024, Donnell’s journey on earth was fulfilled.

Donnell leaves to cherish his precious memories: his parents, Clyde Thomas, Sr., and Terry Chess; children, Dasia, Donnell Jr., Donnell Sweet Pea, and Donneiya Chess; one grandchild, Jelani King; siblings, Reggie Thomas (Kissie), Thomas Clyde, Jr. (Justine), Vaneque Thomas Miller, and Ti any Price, all of Gainesville, FL; beloved friend and companion, Beverly Marshall; grandfather, Reginald Chess; aunts, Brenda Lee, Rosetta Jones, and Carolyn  Thomas; uncles, Micheal  Thomas, Wallace Lee, Gary Chess, JC McCoy, and Clarence Williams; cousins, Tajakica, Torrance, Tynetta, Sharissa, Cynella, Jessica, Valeria, Kira, Wallace, Terry, Teddy, Jessie, Craig, Clint, Wayne, and Clarence; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

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March 29, 2024

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Phillip & Sons Visitation Suite
310 State Road 26
Melrose, FL 32666

Celebration of Life
March 30, 2024

2:00 PM
Gainesville Christian Center
1433 NE 16th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609

Place of Earthly Rest

Pine Grove Cemetery
401 SE 21st Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641


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