David Allen Hester

Nov. 16, 1923 — April 9, 2012

BATH — David Allen Hester, 88, who was a long time resident of Wilson, passed away Monday. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wilson. Interment will follow in Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex. The Rev. John Drosendahl will officiate.

The family will receive friends Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Pkwy., and at other times, 1503 Bayview Road, Bath, and Friday prior to service the family will receive friends at 3105 Tilghman Road, Wilson.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath at a later date in celebration of his life.

David proudly served his country with honor, he was with the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during World War II serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He was employed with Firestone for 13 years and for 22 years he was with Prudential Insurance Company, which he was a member of the President’s Roundtable for service and sales. Outside of the work area, David was very active during his life, he was a member of: Wilson American Legion Post 13, AARP – chapter training officer, Willow Springs Country Club, Wilson Exchange Club – past president, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wilson and St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Bath.

David was happily married to Frances Overman Hester and had just recently celebrated a 68th wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughters, Susan Peele and husband, Charles, of Frisco, Madeline Hester of Wilson, and Melissa Beddingfield and husband, Kevin, of Wilson; son, Phil Hester and wife, Karen, of Garden Grove, Calif.; granddaughters, Jennifer Peele-Pace and Alice Langley; grandsons, Chapman Hester, Allen Wood, Brian Wood, Allen Peele, Bert Allsbrook, Joseph David Langley, Alex Beddingfield and Gregory Beddingfield; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur H. Hester and Alice Hollowell Hester; and 13 sisters and brothers.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to the Wilson American Legion Post 13, 2035 U.S. 301 N., Wilson, NC 27893 or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be directed to www.joyners.net.