OBITUARY

Billy P. Lester

September 23, 1932January 3, 2019
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Billy P. Lester, 86, passed away January 3, 2019 at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents W.L. and Ira Lester and his sister Marge Salmon. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Abbie, sons Don (Denise) and Mike (Sharon), grandchildren Blaine (Gina), Drew, Danny, and Janie (Nathan), and great-grandchildren Makenzie, Jack, Sadie, and Oliver. A Korean War veteran (Air Force), Bill was also a native Memphian. His business career was spent in transportation, having served as traffic manager for several firms, including GlaxoSmithKlein, Hunt-Wesson Foods, and Delta Refining. He was a member of the Memphis Transportation Club and served a term as president. Bill volunteered for years as a youth baseball and basketball coach for his church. He also was a deacon and long-term Sunday school teacher, most recently at Germantown Baptist Church. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be missed very much. Visitation will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar, at 12:30 pm. The burial will follow at Memorial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Abbie Lester, Wife
  • Don Lester (Denise), Son
  • Mike Lester (Sharon), Son
  • Blaine (Gina), Drew, Danny and Janie (Nathan), Grandchildren
  • Makenzie, Jack, Sadie and Oliver, Great Grandchildren
  • He was preceded in death by his parents W.L. and Ira Lester and his sister Marge Salmon.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Gathering of Friends and Family Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment
REMEMBERING

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Linda Shropshire

January 9, 2019

Rest In Peace Billy. You were a great man and enjoyed knowing you during your stay at South Breeze.
We had some good times and will not forget how you always got into the Bingo candy when my back was turned.

Linda Shropshire

Bobbie Russell

January 9, 2019

Both your father and mother showed kindness towards me after Johnny died. I'm so sorry for your loss and will keep the family in my thoughts.

Donna Russell

January 9, 2019

Mr. Lester was a close friend of our family for many years. Both Abbie and he were so kind and attentive to us when we lost my mother. May God bless and keep you in his constant care. My prayers are with you!

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Biography

Billy P. Lester, 86, passed away January 3, 2019 at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents W.L. and Ira Lester and his sister Marge Salmon. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Abbie, sons Don (Denise) and Mike (Sharon), grandchildren Blaine (Gina), Drew, Danny, and Janie (Nathan), and great-grandchildren Makenzie, Jack, Sadie, and Oliver.
A Korean War veteran (Air Force), Bill was also a native Memphian. His business career was spent in transportation, having served as traffic manager for several firms, including GlaxoSmithKlein, Hunt-Wesson Foods, and Delta Refining. He was a member of the Memphis Transportation Club and served a term as president.
Bill volunteered for years as a youth baseball and basketball coach for his church. He also was a deacon and long-term Sunday school teacher, most recently at Germantown Baptist Church. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be missed very much.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar, at 12:30 pm. The burial will follow at Memorial Park.