Brother Hester was born Feb. 15, 1936 in Vernon, Ala., to the late Sherlie (S.F.) and Clora Price Hester. He was a minister and preached for 64 years.
He served as a full-time minister for congregations in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He did foreign and domestic mission work, and helped to found and direct the Vreed-en-Hoop School of the Bible in Guyana, South America.
Brother Hester was the senior-most staff writer for The Gospel Gleaner periodical, and published a collection of sermons entitled Keep It Simple, Son, which was inspired by his father who was also a preacher.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a medic in Korea.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Hester Madison; three brothers, Foy Hester, Giles Wade Hester and Benny Wayne Hester; and a great-granddaughter, Allison Rosella Ham.
Brother Hester is survived by his wife, Shirley Dorrough Hester of Corinth, with whom he would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Dec. 15; two daughters, Connie Montgomery (Larry) of Steens, and Jalema Tidwell (Jay) of Myrtle; two sons, Ferrell Hester (Lynne) of Corinth, and Tim Hester (Amy) of Crossville, Tenn.; a brother, Johnny Hester of Sikeston, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper, Ala., with Johnny Hester officiating. Burial was in Gray Cemetery in Parrish, Ala.