He died Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland. Burial was in Burrus Cemetery in Benoit under the direction of Boone Funeral Home in Greenville.
Ed was born April 1, 1931, in Dixon. He was a 1955 graduate of Mississippi State University and was a lifelong Bulldog fan.
He served during the Korean War from 1950-1952 in the Army tank division and as military police.
He was a big man with a big heart and was loved by everyone he met. Many people were influenced by his friendly smile and loving personality.
In 1949 he became a Christian and served his Lord in his church, as well as his secular life. He was a wonderful husband and father. His faith in God permeated every area of his life and he led by example.
He spent his life farming in the Benoit-Scott area and many farm organizations sought his services and insight on many committees and offices. He served on local, state and national levels. Many awards were given to him, which he always humbly accepted.
His greatest accomplishment is this graduation into the Heavenly Kingdom.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Louise Aldridge Hester of Benoit; son, James Timothy Hester (Guy) of Fayetteville, Ga.; daughter, Beryl Melinda Hester of Hendersonville, Tenn.; two sisters, Jeanette Hester Graham and Sylvia Hester Nokes; a bother, Austin Hester; five grandchildren, Douglas Hester (Sydney), Barry Hester (Leslie), Daniel Hester, Benjamin Hester, and Bonnie Hester; and three great-grandchildren, Bruce Hester, Adele Hester and Ginny Hester.
The family received friends from noon-2:30 p.m., Saturday at the church.