Clayton G. Hester

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Clayton Gene Hester, 86, of College Station, Texas, formerly of Groveton, Conroe and Beaumont, Texas was called home to be with our Lord on June 2, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home in College Station.

Clayton was born and raised in Groveton, TX. After graduating from Groveton High School in 1947 and Sam Houston State University in 1951, he married Anna Atkinson in November of 1951.

He joined the US Army in February, 1952, serving in Camp Roberts, San Miguel, CA, The Presidio of Monterey Army Base and eventually Camp Desert Rock, Nevada where he participated in project "Desert Rock", the code name for a series of exercises conducted by the US military in conjunction with atmospheric nuclear tests of the atomic bomb.

After completing his military service, he moved his family to Beaumont, Texas and began his nearly 40-year career in banking with banks in Beaumont and Conroe, eventually retiring back to Groveton.

It was important to him to be of service to his community and his fellow man. In Beaumont he served with the Young Men's Business League, Lions Club, South Texas State Fair, 4-H Clubs, and Scout Master in addition to teaching with the American Institute of Banking. In Conroe, he served as President of the Conroe- Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, President of the YMCA, Treasurer of the Conroe Noon Lions Club, Trustee of the Conroe Independent School District and Lifetime Vice-President of the Montgomery County Fair. In Groveton, he served as Mayor, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Member of the City Council, and Board Member of the Trinity County Appraisal District, Member of the Groveton Economic Development Committee, Lion's Club and the Texas Historical Commission and was a key figure in the establishment of the Trinity County Museum. He also served on the board of directors for the First United Methodist Church of Groveton where he also was a loyal and dedicated member of the church family and played the organ (self taught).

Mr. Hester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend to many. He loved to travel and go on camping trips with his family and he especially enjoyed dancing with the love of his life, Anna. He had a special gift when it came to music. He could sit down to play the keyboard and fill the room with onlookers. He and his wife loved to attend Groveton and Texas A&M football games. He also loved to play golf and sometimes enjoyed a little fishing or hunting.

Visitation for Mr. Hester will begin at 10:00 a.m. until funeral service time at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Groveton with Reverend Tony Vinson officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Groveton.

Mr. Hester is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Libby Hester; two brothers James Arthur Hester and Joe Bob Hester; and a sister Eloise Schubert. His survivors include his loving wife of 65 years Anna Atkinson Hester of College Station, Texas; children: son and daughter-in-law Randy and Betsy Hester of Austin, Texas and son and daughter-in-law Brady and Teri Hester of San Antonio, Texas; brother Roy Lee Hester and wife Marie of Beaumont, Texas; grandchildren Nicole, Corrie, Keith, Kevin, Kassi and Ashley; great grandchildren Brandon, Rhiannon, Ryenn, Rylee, Ellie, Nicholas, Oliver and Clayton; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

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In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for memorial contributions to be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th Street Bryan, Texas 77803 or at

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Published on from June 5 to June 18, 2017