William Dale LESTER Sr.

LESTER SR., William Dale, Brandon, FL, went to be with Jesus on November 24, 2013 and to join his beloved wife Carolyn and son William Dale Lester, Jr. He was a Beloved Father to son Paul and daughter-in-law Susan, and Beloved Grandfather to Jennifer and Katie. Dale is also survived by his sister, Pat McNeely, and nephew, James McNeely (Kathy) and niece, Paula Wheeler (Jerry), and 3 grandnephews. Also, a special thank you to his caretaker, Mary Little, who is more a family member than a caretaker. Her love and devotion will never be forgotten. Dale will be remembered for the love, honor, guidance and devotion he gave his family and especially for his wonderful stories which his family never tired of hearing. Dale never met a stranger. He was kind and gentle, a true Kentucky gentleman. Born in Dublin, Kentucky, the son of the late Paul and Pearl Lester, he was a Kentucky Wildcat since birth, and a true Kentucky Colonel for almost 60 years. Dale was a WWII veteran in the Army Air Corps and loved being a Flight Engineer on the B29 Superfortress. After his honorable discharge from the military he married the love of his life, Carolyn Ray Lester, and attended the University of Kentucky, becoming a Civil Engineer. Dale was a Professional Engineer and held several positions over his 28 years of service to Watson and Co. Dale's career at Watson began in 1956 when the firm had 12 employees and a typical civil engineering project consisted of drawing roads for subdivisions. He started the company's highway division, and you can still see his work today when you drive on I75 or the Howard Franklin Bridge. Dale held positions of Manager of the Civil Engineering Department, President, and Vice Chairman of the board, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. Many honors and positions were bestowed upon Dale during his long career as an engineer. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, a Board Member of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, President of the Florida Engineering Society, and in several editions of Who's Who in America. His almost 30 years of retirement were spent hunting with his sons, fishing with his grandchildren, and travelling with his wife. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed. The memorial service will be with immediate family only. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in his memory to Dublin Baptist Church, 432 Dublin Hill Rd., Fancy Farm, KY 42039-9431.

Published in TBO.com on Nov. 27, 2013