CHERRYVILLE - Donald William Kester, 78, of 209 Suncrest Road, went home to be with the Lord on July 6, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.
He was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Gaston County, son of the late Lawrence Hunter and Alice Liza Carpenter Kester.
He was a retired truck driver from Carolina Freight Carriers where he worked for 40 years. He was a faithful, lifelong member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and a member of the American Legion, Post 100.
He is survived by one son, Tommy Kester; one daughter, Donna Kester; his five brothers, Charles, Lar-ry, Bob, Kenneth, and Jim Kester; one sister, Doris Kester Freeman; and his dog, Emily, who was his be-loved and trusted companion.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Rachel Hood Kester.
A celebration of his life will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Anthony Grove Baptist Church.
Visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
He will be laid to rest next to his wife at City Memorial Cemetery, Cherryville, NC. Dr. Dennis Bean and Rev. Ken Faulkenbury will officiate the funeral and burial service.
Memorials may be made to Anthony Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 Anthony Grove Road, Crouse, NC 28033.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.