Mr. Lester was a retired construction worker and was a member of Waldo Baptist Church in Massac County. He was also a veteran, serving in the Army.
Survivors include one daughter, Renee Tucker of Paducah; four sons, Charles Eugene Lester of Metropolis, David Anthony Lester of Paducah, Calvin Lewis McDaniel and wife Melissa of Wickliffe, Ky. and Christopher McDaniel and wife Kristi of Evansville, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyrus and Ellen Thompson Lester; and two grandchildren, Keenan Anthony Nathan Lester and Brett Lewis McDaniel.
Graveside service was held Tuesday at Pell Cemetery near Brookport with Rev. Tony Wayne Harris officiating. Military rites were also conducted. Pallbearers were Calvin McDaniel, David Lester, Larry Clary, Sean Ellis, Timothy Tucker and Melissa McDaniel.
Brookport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.