English Lester

English Thomas "Tom" Lester

Friday, January 6th, 1939 - Monday, August 26th, 2019
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English Thomas "Tom" Lester, 80, of Salem, Va. and formerly of Richlands, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 26, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on January 6, 1939 in Tazewell County, Va. to the late John Paul and Mabel Louise Blankenship Lester. Tom was a man that was full of wisdom and faith. Although he battled with earthly suffering for the past several years, his faith was never shaken and his love for God was steadfast! So many family and friends looked to Tom for guidance and he never ceased to share the road map he so greatly loved, Gods holy word.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Robbie Lester and Joey Lester; sisters, Ruth Sword and Ann Lester; and his brother, David Lester.
Family remaining to cherish his memory include his wife of 21 years, Ann Willis Lester; children, Tommy and wife, Karan, Jamie, and Steve Lester, Tommy Osborne, Misty Reyes, Bobby Inman, Sara Bair, and Daril Dotson; sister, Nancy Pace; numerous nieces and nephews; and several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services to honor Tom's life will be conducted on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2 pm at John M, Oakey and Son funeral home in Salem with Pastor Mike Barnette officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 1 pm until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Mike Barnette
  • Interment

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 |
    Friday, August 30th, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Cindy Clark

Posted at 11:10am
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Susan Phillips

Posted at 06:29pm
Tom was my uncle for 21 years, married to my aunt Ann Willis Lester. He was a wonderful husband and companion. Tom was quick with a joke and very knowledgeable about many things. Foremost, he was a precious man of faith and loved by all. Prayers for my aunt and family during this time. Until we meet again Tom...❤️

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