A letterman in football, basketball, and track, Chester Johnson helped set several athletic records at George Washington Carver High School. He led the Tigers to their first undefeated football season in 1963, starting at quarterback. That year, Carver scored 368 points in 10 games to claim the District 3A Championship Title. Starting at halfback during the 1964 season, Chester helped the Tigers claim another District 3A Championship Title and advance to the final round of state playoffs. Before graduating from high school, he led the Carver track team to a second place district finish, setting new time records and winning first place in the 220- and 440-yard dashes.
Chester attended Prairie View A&M University for a short time before he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1966. He later graduated from Slidell Baptist Seminary with a bachelor’s degree in theology and furthered his education at the Southern Bible Institute of Dallas.
Continuing his athletic career, Chester played semi-pro football for the Garland Texans and the Garland Cobras. He once again assumed the position of quarterback and was named the United Independent Football League Offensive Player of the Year.
As an adult, Chester devoted himself to civic and social activism as a member of Leadership Garland, the Garland Branch of the NAACP, Garland’s Citizen Police Academy, the City of Garland’s Planning Commission, Garland ISD’s Multi-Ethnic Committee, and the East Garland Committee of Concerned Citizens. Chester also spread his love of athletics throughout the community by assisting various sports teams, and coaching pee wee football and basketball.