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James “Jimmy” Daniel Lester, Sr. of Zebulon died July 8. He was 86.

A native of Muscogee, Okla., Lester served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

In 1956 he was ordained into the ministry and served as pastor at Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Hampton.

Lester, a construction worker and avid fisherman, also served as pastor at Edward Street and Hammond Drive Baptist churches in Griffin, Bethel Baptist Church in Milner, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Meriwether County, Nazareth Baptist Church in Zebulon, and Neal Baptist Church in Concord. He retired from the ministry at 82.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bebe.

He is survived by his children, Judy Miller of Zebulon; Bobbie Jamison of Macon; Jim Lester of Zebulon; Katrina Studdard of Dalton; Henry Lester of Macon; John Lester of Zebulon; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.