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Lester Pogue


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Lester Pogue
Lester Pogue came into the world on April 4, 1943 and went on to rest in Christ on the evening of May 20, 2014 in Marysville, CA. Lester was 71 years old.

Lester will be remembered as a spiritual man of deep faith who believed in the LORD Jesus Christ. He loved and accepted people as they were, and his outgoing spirit shined brighter while he shared his faith with everyone. As the head of the large Pogue Family, his home remained open at all times for family and friends to share meals, stories, holidays and love. Lester's legacy of faith, love, family and history will live on in the hearts of all who adored him.

Lester had numerous talents and accomplishments in line with his love for community, justice, education and sports. He was a counselor at Yuba County Probation Department, Educator and the director at the Equal Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) at Yuba County Community College and Sacramento City College. He was the editor of Bridge the Gap, an EOPS college newspaper, which under his direction became the number one college newspaper in the nation. He was a football coach for semi-pro football teams including the Marysville Cougars and the Sacramento Capitol Condors. He was the director of the Conservation Corps and the Salvation Army Family Crisis Center. He was a spokesman for the Board of Governors and California Legislators. He proudly served his country as a U.S. Air Force police and a Marksman and Technical instructor with tours in Europe and Asia receiving numerous military awards and medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Lester Pogue leaves behind his spouse Brenda Pogue; five sons, Paul, Karl, Alonzo, Lester Jr. and Xavier and one daughter, Neku; four sisters, Carol Pogue, Barbara Roberts, Joan Henry, and Sally Adams; fourteen grandchildren, four great- grandchildren, and hundreds of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Mildred and father Clarence Pogue, three sisters and two brothers from infancy.

Lester belonged to the USA Racquetball Association and the Outstanding Young Men of America Association.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm, at Bethel AME Church; Repast immediately following at Elk Lodge, 920 D St., Marysville.

Contributions can be made to Bethel AME Church, 115 5th Street, Marysville, CA 95901 or your local Cancer Society.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from May 25 to June 1, 2014
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