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John Lester

John Butler "J.B." Lester Sr.

Saturday, August 10th, 1935 - Saturday, October 26th, 2019
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John Butler Lester, Sr, 84, of Gonzales, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019. “J.B.” as he was popularly known, was born August 10, 1935 in Gonzales to Stayton Richard Lester and Helena Butler Lester. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gonzales. After graduating from Gonzales High School, J.B. went into business farming, ranching and poultry. He served on the GVTC Board of Directors from 1961 to June of 2019, the First National Bank of Gonzales for over 25 years and served 30 years as a reserve deputy sheriff with Gonzales County.
J.B. was an avid hunter and loved to spend time on the family ranch in McMullen County with his children and grandchildren. He loved being surrounded by his family, whether it was game nights, meals or checking cattle. He was very involved in their lives, helping to build two feed mills, planting and harvesting corn crops and picking up supplies for the Lester Shop. He did all of these things with his faithful terrier “Timmy” by his side. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
John Butler Lester, Sr. is survived by his loving family, John B. Lester, Jr (Pam), Joy Fink (George), Jan Finch (Kell) all of Cost, Jeffrey Lester (Mary Jane) of Gonzales, grandchildren, John B. “Tress” Lester, III (Hannah), A.J. Fink, Jade Finch, Reese Lester, Ross Lester, Jayla Finch, Lynnea Fink, Vanna Lester, Corben Angel Lester, and Alex Finch, great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Luxon Lester, brothers, Stayton R. “Pal” Lester, Jr (Bethel and Thomas E. Lester, Sr. (Pam). He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joy Lynn Tieken Lester and his parents.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, October 30, 2019 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019 in the First United Methodist Church in Gonzales with Pastor Paul Smith and Rev. Steve Faulkner officiating. Interment will follow in Gonzales Memorial Park. Pallbearers: John B. Lester, III, Albert John Fink, Reese Patric Lester, Ross Stayton Lester, Corben Reed Lester and Earnest Fred “Bubba” Ehrig. Honorary pallbearers, Jade Finch, Jayla Finch, Lynnea Fink, Vanna Lester and Alexandra Finch. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of one’s choice. Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Seydler-Hill Funeral Home
    906 St. Paul Street
    GONZALES, TX 78629
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 10:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    426 St Paul Street
    Gonzales, TX 78629
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  • Interment

    Gonzales Memorial Park
    Gonzales, Texas 78629


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J.E.Yazoo Thomas

Posted at 05:50pm
Tress, Hannah B. and Your Loving Family....
I was touch after reading your Grand Father "J.B." incredible life story. His legacy is exceptional & extensive. His love of his family & friends touched my soul. "Timmy" will struggle. Your love will prevail. Having crossed paths with exemplify gentlemen in my life like Mr."J.B." has strengthened my resolve to improve as a man. Remember the sun will brighten the mid coast sky tomorrow. Our Loving Lord will handle all of Our needs.
Take care and God bless you all.
Your friend from the big ETX timber.
J.E."Yazoo" Thomas & his faithful boykin W.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, John & Debby Powers
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Hannah, Tress and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending love and hugs.
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Thomas & Angela Howard

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Del and Patricia Webb

Posted at 05:41pm
Our condolences to the J. B. Lester family. May the many great memories of Mr. Lester give you peace and comfort during this time of your loss.
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