Dr. Monty Charles Kester
1940 - 2021
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220 Breezewood Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Dr. Monty Charles Kester

Dr. Monty Charles Kester, 81, of Lynchburg, Virginia, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 25, 2021. He was the husband of Phyllis (Smith) Kester for 57 years.

He was born on January 22, 1940, in Vernon, Texas, to Charley Marvin Kester Jr. and Ida (Towry) Kester, who lived in the small rural north-central Texas community of Odell.

Monty was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Charles.

Monty is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, David and his wife, Janet, of Roseburg, Oregon; three grandsons, Ethan Kester, of Roseburg, Jarod Kester, serving in the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne in Italy, and Benjamin Kester, of Roseburg, Oregon; his brother, Ronnie and wife, Reva, of Weatherford, Texas; and former daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kester Thomas of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

For 50 years Monty enthusiastically served as a college professor of mathematics. He taught in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, and ended his remarkable career at Liberty University. He never tired of challenging inquiring minds both inside and outside the classroom. For years he and his wife hosted dinners for young professionals who were seeking challenging discussions over dinner. They often took in a young professional or student to live with them as he/she transitioned a problematic time or recovered from an accident or surgery. He devoted himself to his family and his love of his Lord Jesus Christ. He always had time and an open door to anyone with a need or question. Monty and Phyllis moved to Westminster Canterbury a little over two years ago where staff and residents alike were encouraged by his cheerful manner and eagerness to help everyone.

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the family will receive friends from 12 until 1 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, with a celebration of Monty's life to follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Gerald Kroll officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to one of the following: Westminster Canterbury Fellowship Fund, 501 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503, Geneva Academy, P.O. Box 1154, Roseburg, OR 97470, memo line: Kester Memorial, or Institute for Creation Research, 1806 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75229.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

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Published by The News & Advance on May 2, 2021.
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