Mr. William Audrey Lester, age 69, of the Big A Mountain section of Honaker, Virginia, passed away Saturday (March 17, 2018) at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. Born February 22, 1949 in Drill, Virginia, he was a son of the late Tivis and Frances “Tootsie” Meade Lester. A lifelong resident of the area, he was a retired heavy equipment operator with Island Creek Coal Company at the VP #8 mines and was a member of the UMWA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and farming, but most of all spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Kirby T. Lester, Guy Lester, and Raymond Lester, brothers-in-law, James Howard, Gerald Meadows, and Bernard Owens, two sisters-in-law, Rita Lester and Christine Lester, and one niece, Amy Lester.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruby Lester of the home; one son, William Lester and wife, LoriAne of Tazewell, Virginia; one daughter, Angela Duty and husband, Darrell of Bristol, Virginia; four grandchildren, Lucas Jared Duty, Kaylee Grace Lester, Ashley N. Fisher, and Kayce M. Singletary; three great-grandchildren, Kyler J. Fisher, Parker M. Fisher, and Carter B. Fisher; seven brothers, Douglas M. Lester and wife, Eura and Steven B. Lester and wife, Jackie all of Honaker, Kermit Lester and wife, Jessee of Denver, North Carolina, James I. Lester and wife, Carolyn of Lebanon, Doyle G. Lester and wife, Betty of Belfast, Ray J. Lester and wife, Christine of Big A Mountain, and Andy Lowe and wife, Fern of Abingdon; three sisters, Darlene Howard of Lebanon, Charlene Meadows of Newberry, South Carolina, and Diane Linowski and husband, Jim of Irmo, South Carolina; mother-in-law, Inez Austin Honaker; sisters-in-law, Delores Lester, Lola Gay Lester, Tina Lester, Ruth Owens, Roberta McGlothlin, and Robin Fields and husband, Darrell Fields; brother-in-law, Hurley Austin, Jr., and wife, Karen; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, Virginia, with Rev. James Tiller and Rev. Chester Ball officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens at Lebanon, Virginia.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Fields, Dwayne Meade, Taulbee Lester, Steve Keaton, Jay Howard, Mike Lester, Mark Phillips, and David Belcher.
Honorary pallbearers will be Thurston Meade, Tommy Meade, and members of the UMWA.
The family will receive friends at the Honaker Funeral Home after 6:00 PM Monday, where an evening song service will be conducted at 7:00 PM.
Online condolences may be made at www.honakerfuneralhome.net.