Laurence Albert Jester

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Laurence Albert Jester, 78, of Washburn, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.

He was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Bentonville, Ark., the son of Charles Albert and Adeamae (McNelly) Jester. On Feb. 18, 1966, in Bentonville, he was united in marriage to Linda Townsend, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Tim Mattingly, of Washburn, and Chuck Jester and his wife, Robbie, of Washburn; four daughters, Lisa Jester, of Provo, Utah, Robin Epling, of Springfield, JoDee Anderson and her husband, Ronnie, of Seligman, and Nancy Jester, of Washburn; one brother, Robert Moore, of Washburn; one sister, Ruth Ann Roughton and her husband, Roy, of Bentonville, Ark.; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Allen, Donnie and Terry; one sister, Betty Jean Wilson, and one grandson.

He was a graduate of Plainview High School in Plainview, Kan. During the Korean War, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving from Aug. 3, 1954, to June 30, 1958. For 28 years, he was employed as a surveyor/inspector for Crafton & Tull Architectual Engineers in Rogers, Ark. He was a member of Washburn First Baptist Church.

Graveside services with military honors were held Friday, April 11, at Oakes Cemetery in Bella Vista, Ark., under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastors Glenn Erwin and Jamie Townsend conducted the services.

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