Ashley Earl Hester, 76, of Ocean Isle Beach (formerly of Bladenboro, formerly of Burlington) died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his residence.
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Mr. Hester was born on June 6, 1936, in Bladenboro, a son of the late George Edwin and Fanny Shaw Hester. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mattie Beth Hester in 2005 and a son, Richard Earl Hester in 1995.
He retired as owner and operator of Fashion Packaging in 1996. After retirement to Ocean Isle Beach, he enjoyed spending time at the beach, fishing, and playing golf.
Surviving are his daughter, Melanie Farmer, and husband, Bryan, of Burlington; sister, Jeanette White, of Orrum; and grandson, Chad Gibson, of Asheville.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at Galeed Baptist Church cemetery, Bladenboro.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Hwy. 17 N., Shallotte.
Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Brunswick House, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte, N.C., is serving the family.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from May 13 to May 14, 2013