Lester Lee Devall (1934 - 2013)


Lester Lee Devall, 79, of Vandalia, died at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church, with Bob Chase officiating. Burial was in Noffsinger Cemetery in Smithboro, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the church. Young Funeral Home in Greenville was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.youngfh.net.
Mr. Devall was born on March 13, 1934, in Fayette County, the son of Emery and Gustie Jackson Devall. He married Mafalda Jean Dively on Sept. 30, 1956, in Tazewell County; she died on Dec. 10, 2011.
He grew up and lived in the rural Vandalia area all of his life, and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1952. He served in the Army from October 1956-October 1958. He worked in the steel industry in Granite City for 14 years, then worked 19 years as a distributor for Marathon in Vandalia. He was a member of Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church.
He is survived by a son, Mark Lee Devall of Vandalia; brothers, Carl Devall of Kappa and Eddie Devall of Red Bud; sisters, Lucille Taylor of Vandalia, Retha and her husband Ralph Elam of Walshville, Mary and her husband George Grotts of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., and Faye and her husband William McEachern of Ft. Collins, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Virgil and Ralph Devall; and a sister, Carolyn Hall.
Published in The Leader-Union on Mar. 26, 2013
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