Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA


Benjamin Franklin Lester Jr.

April 13, 1928September 17, 2019

"Benjamin Franklin Lester, 91, passed away on September 17, 2019, at Marry Washington Hospital. He was born on April 13, 1928 in Richmond, Virginia to Benjamin and Rose Lester and siblings Richard, Ann and Carol.

Ben and his family took pride in his exemplary 60-year career in law enforcement. Ben enlisted in the United States Maritime Service in 1945 and in 1946, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and severed as a Military Policeman during World War II. He followed his military career as a Police Officer in the ATF, the Alexandria Virginia Police Department and ultimately retiring in 1991 as Major from the City of Fredericksburg Police Department. After retirement, he spent several years at the City of Fredericksburg Police Department as a Training Consultant.

Ben lived a full and active life. He enjoyed many hobbies such as competitive marksmanship, marathon running, reading, playing the guitar and boating. His lifelong passion was researching and publishing a biography of his familys genealogy, Shadows of the Past (1653-1997).

Ben is survived by his wife, Cynthia Lester. Ben also leaves behind his children, Robert, Steven, Benjamin and Robin as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ben will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery. A celebration of life is scheduled for September 26, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, 1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA."


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, September 26, 2019


Benjamin Franklin Lester Jr.

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Lee Henderson

September 26, 2019

I did not know him well but he was always very nice and considerate. I offer my condolences and prayers for him family.

Ken and Joanna Sekuterski

September 25, 2019

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jamal Parham

September 25, 2019

Dear Lester family, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. May the God of all comfort be with your family during this difficult time.

Peter Kolakowski

September 24, 2019

As City Manager in the early 1980s, I had the opportunity to get to know Ben. He was a person of integrity, exhibited great professionalism and had a wry sense of humor. My deepest condolences to Cynthia and the entire family with Ben’s passing. May your good memories and the positive impact Ben had on many people sustain you in these difficult times. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.