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Memorial service held for football star Chester McGlockton

A public memorial was held in the auditorium of Whiteville High School Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. A public memorial was held in the auditorium of Whiteville High School Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
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WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – A memorial service was held in Whiteville Wednesday for football star Chester McGlockton.

From his wife and children to former NFL players like Tim Brown, hundreds gathered at Whiteville High School to remember McGlockton.

The former Whiteville standout passed away at his home in California in late November at the age of 42 from an apparent heart attack.

Family members say the football player always valued his Carolina roots.

"Columbus County, to Chester, it meant...it's really immeasurable," said McGlockton's sister, Tiffany. "I can't express it in words because Chester never really left home. He was always communicating to the people who are here and making efforts with scholarships, providing uniforms..."

McGlockton played in the NFL for 12 seasons and was invited to the Pro Bowl four years.  During his time he played for the Los Angeles Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02), and New York Jets (2003).

After playing in the NFL, McGlockton took on a coaching career where he was most recently on the Stanford football staff as a defensive assistant.

Although he did accomplish a lot on the field, family members say he was proudest of the man he had become, always putting his wife, children and God first.

"I do motivational speaking and Chester McGlockton, he actually epitomizes one of the statements that I tell kids," said family friend, Andy Anderson. "I say to kids, "You can get anywhere from here.'"

A funeral service was held for the former football star in California earlier this week.  A public memorial was held in the auditorium of Whiteville High School Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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