George William "Bill" Lester

Monday, July 3, 2017
George William "Bill" Lester

George William "Bill" Lester, 74, of Manila, passed from this life Friday, June 30, 2017, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Leachville to the late Lloyd and Audrey Hicks Lester, he had been a lifelong resident of the Leachville and Manila areas. Bill was a retired heavy equipment operator and supervisor for the former Meadows Construction in Jonesboro. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Wherever the family gathering was, Bill brought the happy. He always had a smile, a story and a witty response readily available.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Betty Carmichael Lester in 2014, and a son, Greg Lester.

Survivors include two daughters, Becky Lynn Stone (Lester) and Lena Marie Fleeman (Randy), all of Manila; four brothers, Johnny Lester of Leachville, Danny Lester of Manila, Glenn Lester of Manila and Robert Lester of Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Andrew Fleeman (Brooke) of Manila, Letonya Morris (Andrew) of Daytona, Fla., and Greg Stone (Michella) of Jonesboro; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Rev. Jerry Pentecost officiating. Burial will follow in Manila Cemetery.

The family received visitors Sunday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.

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