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James H. "Jimmy" Lester, known by Grandpa or Uncle Jimmy by both friends and family, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2018 at Heritage Hall, Grundy Virginia.
Jimmy was born December 17, 1935, a son of the late James Everett Lester and Cosby Hurley Lester. He graduated from Iaeger High School in 1954. He was in the US Army 1958-1960, he served as a military police officer in Alberqui, New Mexico. Jimmy owned/operated A&L grocery store in Panther, WV, as well as serving 40+ years as an underground coal miner, working many different positions. He married his soul mate Helen Joann Lester November 3, 1956; they shared 58 wonderful years together. Jimmy enjoyed playing solitaire, reading his bible and spending time with his family, especially his grand and great grandchildren. Any one that met him loved him and all the stories he would tell. He will truly be missed.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death my the great love of his life, Helen Joann Lester; his brother Luther Lester; sisters Tonnie Lockhart, Winona Vaugh, and Lucille Adams; and granddaughter Addyson Joy Doss.
Jimmy is survived by his daughters, Jill Lester of Panther, WV, and Joy Lester of Raleigh, NC; a son, Aaron James "Jimbob" and Carla Lester of Charleston, WV; and a niece Jaynee Huffman of Princeton,WV. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Ashley (Long) and Jack Wright, Kyla (Cline) and Rodney Baker, Allyson (Long) and Kevin Doss, Karissa (Cline) and Eric Hamilton, Aaron James Lester II, Corrin Elizabeth Lester and Bobbi Sue (Addair) and Scott Greer; great nieces Melissa Huffman and Jimmy Meachum, and Amanda Huffman and Chad Ellison; eleven great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Channing Wright, Trenton, Kaiden, KynLeigh, and Tyson Baker, Landon & Elly Doss and Kalli and Weston Hamilton and Chase Greer; and nephews David Ellison and Caelum Meachum. Additional survivors are one brother David Lester of Mudfork, WV.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Panther Creek Old Regular Baptist Church, Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 12 o'clock with Elder Kermit Lester, Elder Fred Bailey, Elder Arthur Short, Elder Austin Sammons, and Elder Richard Staton officiating. Burial will follow in Iaeger Memorial Cemetery at Roderfield, WV, where military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 1144. Serving as pallbearers will be his nephews & grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Shortt, Richard Addair, Greg Cline, & Leonard Smith.
Friends may visit with the family at the Panther Creek Old Regular Baptist Church at Panther, WV, Friday, February 2, 2018 after 4 pm; evening services will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhome.com
Published on February 1, 2018
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