Jeremy A. Hester
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Jeremy A. Hester
GASTONIA -- Jeremy A. Hester, 31, passed away on September 27, 2011. Jeremy served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant with the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company out of Camp Lejeune, NC. Jeremy served two tours in Iraq, for which he received numerous commendations and medals. He was an officer with CMPD for three years and most recently served as an instructor preparing troops for their deployment overseas.
Jeremy is predeceased by his biological father, Robert Larry 'Bobby' Waldrop, Jr.; great-grandmother, Mae Belle Scott; maternal grandfather, Wayne Winchester; and his paternal grandparents, Robert Larry Waldrop, Sr. and Joanne Clippard Berryhill.
He is survived by his children, Charlie and Josie Hester; mother, Ann Waldrop; brothers, Kelly Hester and Christopher Lee; grandmother, Thelma (Rick) Black; great-grandfather, Donald Allen Scott; adoptive father, Carroll Eugene Hester; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Fraley Memorial Baptist Church, 3025 Fraley Church Road, Gastonia, NC 28054. The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Gardens in Mount Holly, NC.
Please visit Jeremy's online memorial at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 3, 2011.
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November 7, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Jeremy while he was living in Hawaii and I haven't ever forgotten about him. I just heard the news of his tragic passing this week and I haven't been able to stop thinking of his warm smile. He was a great friend and I know that those who knew him longer than me must be hurting a great deal because he touched my heart for the short time we knew each other. I will always treasure the time we had together and I know he is watching over all of us now.
November 7, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Jeremy while he was living in Hawaii and I haven't ever forgotten about him. I just heard the news of his tragic passing this week and I haven't been able to stop thinking of his warm smile. He was a great friend and I know that those who knew him longer than me must be hurting a great deal because he touched my heart for the short time we knew each other. I will always treasure the time we had together and I know he is watching over all of us now.
Sara Garrison
October 6, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. My grandma, Peggy, and I didn't know Jeremy well,but he lived above her here in Huntsville, AL. If there is anything we can do, please let me know.
April Craft
October 6, 2011
I went to school with his brother Kelly . I will be praying for the family I am so sorry for your lose. God Bless y'all
Tracy ELMORE GROVES
October 5, 2011
Ann & Kelly,
This is "Little Kelly". I hope you remember that you guys are like family to me and I am so heart broken and can't even imagine your pain right now. However just as I shed tears writing this for such a great person inside and out I know he is HOME! I Love You all and will keep you in my thoughts and most important my prayers. I pray that God wraps you in his arms and shelters you from this storm. Lean on God and He will pull you through. Thank you so much Jeremy for serving this country. I am so proud to say that I watched you graduate when it all first started for you and thankful for all the memories I will always have of you. You were a great person and a wonderful friend and I will miss you more than words can express.
Kelly Scott
October 5, 2011
Semper Fidelis Marine! Still with us!
Michael Lawson
October 5, 2011
Ann , wanted you to know we are thinking of you at work. So sorry for your loss.
Debra Correll
October 4, 2011
RIP Jeremy. We will see you again. You left us too soon. Love to Thelma and family. God bless you all. You are all in our prayers. Jackie, Micah, Heather & Dane
Jackie Harbin McSwain
October 4, 2011
I had the pleasure of going through the police academy with Jeremy. He left a lasting impression on me as a natural leader, friend, and brother in blue. I pray for all parties involved in this tragic situation. Jeremy will be remembered for the way he lived and served. Rest easy brother.
October 4, 2011
Everyone that knows Jeremy has lost a friend and a brother. He selflessly served his country and those who had the Honor to serve with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hester family. He will truly be missed.

Semper Fi
USMC Brother
October 3, 2011
He was a great guy and fantastic cousin, I will miss him everyday, his up there with mawmaw where she can take care of him, and now we have both of them watching out for us. I love you all and if you need anything just let me know.
Sierra Nichols
October 3, 2011
Jeremy,
We may have lost touch over the years, but I will always remember the memories of Warlick and Holbrook, and the Smyre. I thank God that you served our country. You will be greatly missed. Your family and friends are in my prayers.
Medena
October 3, 2011
Dear Gene
May God keep His loving arms around you during this most difficult time. Our family will be praying for your entire family.
Sincerely
Aretha Parker Trivette Rogers
October 3, 2011
Gene,we love you and we are so sorry for the loss of your son.My Jeremy rest in peace with our Lord in Heaven and someday we will be able to see him again.We are so proud of him,we thank him for serving our country and making us proud of our men in service. May God be with you and help you and your family through this. Always remember, you always have your memories and no one can takes these from you. We will always be here for you. Love,Carroll and Shirley
carroll/shirley garrison
October 3, 2011
the koehler family
To the Hester family all of u are in our thoughts and prayers. I especially will miss him dearly. He will never be forgotten. We love u. Sorry we could not be there but we are in your hearts.
Love,
Otto, Tasha, Noah, Summer,and Sydney
Koehler
Tasha Koehler
October 3, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for Jeremy's service to our country. God Bless your family.
Jennifer
October 3, 2011
To the Hester Family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Jeremy was a great man, and well liked by all. I have everyone in my thoughts and prayers, and pray that you all find comfort in the coming days. God Bless.
October 2, 2011
Jeremy rose above his circumstances and made something out of his life. We are so proud of him. He left us way to soon. He will be greatly missed and loved.
Aunt & Uncle Danny & Sherry Hester
October 1, 2011
Hey Brother, I wish I could've known you longer but I am thankful and blessed That I cannot only call you a friend but also a brother. You continue to enspire your brothers in Charlotte who were fortunate enough to know you each and every day. I can't even begin to describe the hurt that is not only in my heart but the hurt that your brothers in the green, red, and gold must feel not being able to reach out and touch you again. I read your families' descriptions of your youth and can't help but feel those strong feelings myself. Even though we only grew up a few hundred feet from each other, You are truly a brother on the line and not only I but "we" will NEVER forget you on the line. I love you and cannot wait until the day we have the opportunity to serve with each other again. I cannot even imagine the pain that your family must feel and I can only pray that the good Lord will ease their pain and keep your kids close to his side. I love you brother!
CMPD Brother
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