Thursday, July 3, 2008

Larry E. Lester

Larry E. Lester, 60, of Shady Spring, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Larry’s last word to his fa-mily was “Victory,” letting us know that he has received his victory through the power of the Lord.He was born Oct. 10, 1947, at North Springs, W.Va.Larry served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970, was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He enjoyed his family and friends. Larry also had a great passion for fishing and was a talented wood worker. He greatly enjoyed listening to his sons, Jamie and Travis, singing and playing the guitar and mandolin.He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Magnolia Lester; and a sister, Marie Lipe.Larry is survived by his father, Perry E. Lester and wife, Margaret, of Beckley; his loving wife of 30 years, Deborah, with whom he truly found the love of his life and his best friend; his sons, Jamie Darrel Lester and wife, Michelle, of Morgantown and Travis Perry Lester and wife, Melony, of Crab Orchard; his grandchildren, Hannah, Everett, Sophia and Lydia and a grandchild who will be born in December. He also had a special adopted granddaughter, Taylor Stewart. All his grandchildren lovingly referred to him as “Poppy,” and they all know that “Poppy” will be watching over them from the beautiful shores of heaven; a brother, John and his wife, Martha, and a sister, Samantha Kleinfelder and husband, Bill, all of Titusville, Fla.; sisters, Lucy Cooper and husband, Joe, and Sharon Atwell and husband, David, all of Beckley; a sister, Tabitha Maxey and friend, Alvin West, of Kopperston; a sister, Dare Cline and husband, Tony, of Lexington, N.C.; a stepbrother, Guy Bailey and wife, Shelly, of Chicago, Ill. Larry touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with and will be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.Funeral service will be noon Friday at the Oceana First Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Cook officiating. Larry will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.Close family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will be conducting Military Graveside Rites.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia at P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.comThe family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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