Buel Preston Lester, Sr.

August 30, 1936 ~ June 2, 2020 (age 83)

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Buel Preston Lester, Sr, 83 of Verner, departed this life Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from CAMC Memorial Division.

Born August 30, 1936 at Leatherwood, he was the son of the late Auldie and Angie (Browning) Lester.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son: Buel P. Lester, Jr; grandson: Alex Morgan; 3 infant sisters: Rebecca, Georgia and Marcella Lester; sisters: Lorrain Azar, Grethal Walls, Ethel Bobbitt and Alma Belcher; brothers: Frank Lester and Buford “Boots” Lester.

Buel enjoyed hunting, digging ginseng, gardening, and especially going on visits to Tennessee.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  Buel also loved going to church and being with his church family.  He was a member of the Christian Freewill Baptist Church, where he had served as a Deacon for many years.

Those left to love and cherish his memory and to mourn his loss are his loving wife of 64 years: Helen (Vance) Lester of Verner; his daughters: Lori (Romeo) Bautista of Verner, Sheilah (David) Browning of Iaeger, Evelyn (A.Earl) Brewer of Prosperity; grandchildren: Allison Harper, Chrystal Dickens, Preston Brewer; great grandchildren: Chasity Layne, Keisha Carter, Alyssa Walls, Grayden Brewer; great-great grandchildren: Chaston and Ryan Layne; several step great grandchildren; brothers: Gerald (Liz) Lester of Foster, Blaine (Sue) Lester of Chapmanville; sisters: Bethel Morgan of Clearfork, Margaret (Fred) Hatfield of Verner; special friends: Benny Nesslerod of Brandywine, Lynn Miller of Pineville, Glenn Altizer of Verner.  Buel also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

Friends may gather with the family Friday, June 5, 2020 after 6:00 pm at the Christian Freewill Baptist Church, with special service at 7:00 pm with Rev. Roger Browning officiating.  Funeral services will commence there at the church on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm with the Rev. Jackie Grimmett officiating.  Burial will follow in the Skyline Cemetery at Justice, WV.

Buel will be carried to his resting place by pallbearers: Preston Brewer, Greg Lester, Daniel Morgan, Randy Layne, Chad Roberts, Frank Lester, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers are all his brothers in his church.

His gentle heart and wonderful smile will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved him.

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June 5, 2020

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Christian Freewill Baptist Church
Rt. 80
Christian, WV 25650

Funeral Service
June 6, 2020

12:00 PM
Christian Freewill Baptist Church
Rt. 80
Christian, WV 25650

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