Robert Beecher (Bob) Lester, age 79 of Steelsburg, Virginia went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 21, 2016 in the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. Born February 25, 1937 at, Tazewell County Virginia. He was the son of the late Beecher G. and Audrey Mae Hess Lester. He was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Claypool Hill, VA and a 1955 graduate of Richlands High School. He was very active and helped with the Richlands High School band for several years. In 2008 he was presented the Distinguished Citizenship Award by the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce. He was an employee for Pittston Coal over forty years, a United States Army Veteran and was a former partner with his brother in operating the Zip In Markets and Zip In Mini Storage. He was also member of the Cedar Bluff Masonic Lodge #260.
Robert leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 57 years, Shirley Smith Lester of the home and one daughter Jessica Lester of the home; two sisters, Nora Jacqueline (Jackie) Strouth of Steelsburg, VA and Dorothy Ann (Dot) Dye and husband Donald E. of Cedar Bluff, VA; one brother, Wayne Lester and wife Beverly of Cedar Bluff, VA; several nieces, nephews, family and friends also survive.
Funeral services for Robert Beecher (Bob) Lester will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff, Virginia with the Rev. Carl Howell and Rev. Annette Warren officiating. Entombment will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill, Virginia. Pallbearers will be Alex Lester, Mark Smith, Darrell Stiltner, Steve Carter, Jack Keene. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Blankenship, Harry Hess, Perry Woosley, Robert Whitt, Phillip Dale, Tommy Addison, Donald E. Dye, Rueben Pritchard, Dana Pritchard.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Singleton Funeral Service at Cedar Bluff, Virginia. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry 106 Veterans Dr., Richlands, VA 24641 or Covenant Presbyterian Church 235 Mall Church Rd., Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.
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Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Lester family.