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Rev. James Lyerly Hester, 82, of 1101 W. Main Street, Bladenboro, NC, went home to be with the Lord, on Wednesday February 27, 2019.
Rev. Hester was born in Bladen County on November 28, 1937, a son of the late Floyd A. and Myrtle T. Hester.
As a successful businessman in Bladen County and the surrounding area, his first love was God and next was his family. Rev. Hester was Pastor of several churches in Columbus, Bladen, and Robeson Counties and even areas of South Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd A. and Myrtle T. Hester; a son, Jimmy Ray Hester and two brothers, Floyd Jefferson Hester and Robert Memory Hester; a sister, Carolyn A. Hester; two brother-in-law’s, Gary Lee Parker and Paul Strickland.
He is survived by one son, Robert P. Hester; two daughters, Kim H. (Billy) Thompson and Phyllis H. (Derrick) Boyd; eight granddaughters, Kristy H. (Robert) Taylor, Jennifer L. Hester, Kayla (Josh) Allen, Noelle Thompson, Keri (Travis) Babson, Brooke T. (Anthony) Meares, Meghan L. Rittenhouse, Courtney T. (Thomas) Williams; one grandson, James Kynston (Savannah) Rittenhouse; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Faye H. (Freddie) Britt, Dorothy H. Parker, Athena H. Strickland and Arbutus H. (Roger) Canady; also he is survived by several nieces and nephews.