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Louis "Ruben" Lester
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Obituary for Louis "Ruben" Lester

Louis “Ruben” Lester, 75 years of age, of Paynesville, WV, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born February 16, 1943 in Jolo, WV, he was the son of the late Amos and Ledy Lester.

Ruben loved being outside and enjoyed being a pacing horseback rider, and going coon hunting. A loving father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife Birdie Johnson Lester; daughter, Melissa Lester; six month old son Billy Kevin Lester; grandsons, Lewis Edgar Lester, Aiden Chaffins and Jayden Chaffins; brothers, Miles and Carl Lester; an infant brother and his son-in-law Keith Mullins.

Those left to cherish his memories include his daughters, Sharon (Dwayne) Rowe of Jolo, WV, Debbie (Wayne) Tate of Crockett, VA, Angela (Rayburn) Mullins of Paynesville, WV, Tasha Lester of Paynesville, WV and Scarlett (Kevin) Chaffins of Davy, WV; sons Lewis (Rosemary) Lester, Jr. of Paynesville, WV, Danny Ray (Tabitha) Lester of Paynesville, WV, Randy (LeeAnn) Lester of Paynesville, WV, and Brandon Lester of South Carolina; one sister Ruby Lester of Paynesville, WV.

He is also survived by his first wife Doris Lester of Jolo, WV; twenty-five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren with one on the way, four loving nieces and one special nephew Delbert Lester.

Funeral services for Louis “Ruben” Lester will be conducted Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Mary Lou Old Regular Baptist Church on Panther Ridge Road with Elders Philip Estep, Gary Estep and George Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Mullins Cemetery on Estep Ridge in Paynesville, WV.

Serving as active pallbearers will be his Grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Mary Lou Old Regular Baptist Church on Saturday, April 7, 2018 after 6:00 p.m. with evening services will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

The family of Louis “Ruben” Lester have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy, VA.

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6:00 PM
Mary Lou Old Regular Baptist Church

Estep Ridge
Paynesville, West Virginia 24873

Funeral Service




12:00 PM
Mary Lou Old Regular Baptist Church

Estep Ridge
Paynesville, West Virginia 24873

Cemetery Details


Mullins Cemetery-Estep Ridge

Estep Ridge
Paynesville, West Virginia 24873


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