Wyman Jesse Priester, Jr.
Macon, GA- Wyman Jesse Priester, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, November 13th. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 17th at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Baxter Hurley, Reverend Teresa Edwards and Reverend Cass H. DuCharme officiating. Burial will be at Macon Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1217 Forest Hill Road, Macon 31210 or to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon 31210.
Mr. Priester was born in Augusta, Georgia on April 30, 1920 to the late Wyman Jesse Priester and Bessie Corley Priester and moved to Macon at the age of 5. He attended Whittle and Alexander II Elementary Schools and graduated from Lanier High School for Boys in 1938. He obtained an Associate's Degree from Middle Georgia College and was a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1941 when he entered the Navy as a radioman. He was first stationed at the joint services Harbor Entrance Control Post at Fort Moultrie, SC and later served on the USS Athene (AKA 22) and USS William P. Biddle (APA 8) in the Pacific. He participated in the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns among others and he saw the American flag flying on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Discharged in 1945 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer, he returned to Macon and worked for WNEX Radio as a broadcast engineer. He completed an AB Degree in Physics at Mercer University in 1950 and moved to the Warner Robins Air Material Area as an Electronics Engineer where he retired in 1976 as the Chief of the Electronics Engineering Branch. During his 26 years at Robins Air Force Base he completed an MS degree from George Washington University and was a civilian graduate of the Air War College. He was a member of Tattnall Square Baptist Church in the early part of his life (where he served as a Deacon) and later Forest Hills United Methodist Church where he served in many positions within the church. An amateur radioman since age 15, (call signs W4DZL and N4WP), he was a lifelong member of the American Radio Relay League. A life member of the American Camellia Society for which he was a judge, he served 15 years as the Treasurer of the Middle Georgia Camellia Society. He was a member of the Association of Old Crows, American Society of Military Engineers, and a member of the Bibb County Grand Jurors Association. For many years he enjoyed bird watching as well as ballroom dancing.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Louise Donnan Priester, and sons Wyman Jesse Priester III (Claire) of Newark, DE; Donnan Edwin Priester (Anne) of Greenville, DE; and David Cobb Priester (Lynn) of Gray, GA; grandchildren, Wyman Jesse Priester IV, Sarah Lewise Priester Curtin (Eric), John Homer Priester, Kathryn Donnan Priester, Caroline Louise Priester, Florence Donnan Priester, David Cobb Priester, Jr., and one great-grandchild Elizabeth Lewise Curtin. He is also survived by two brothers, Francis Allen Priester (Maxine) of Panama City, FL and Kenton Corley Priester (Anne) of Winston-Salem, NC, his sister Joyce Priester Haddock of Macon, GA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Leroy Warren Priester.
Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Telegraph on Nov. 15, 2013