Mary Nelle Lester

Mary Nelle Chapman Lester, 93, of Newberry, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on May 20, 1917, in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late Luther Edgar and Lena Mary Kunkle Chapman. Mrs. Lester was a member of Colony Lutheran Church where she was a member of WELCA.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, James C. Lester; a daughter, Mary Claudette Lester of Newberry; a sister, Bernice Shealy of Newberry; grandchildren, David Kingsmore, Pam Fisher and Tina Frick and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a grandson, Rex Kingsmore and seven brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2011, at Colony Lutheran Church by the Rev. Jerry Trantham and Rev. Floyd Sides. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Little Mountain Rescue Squad, PO Box 8, Little Mountain, SC 29075 or to the Prosperity Rescue Squad, PO Box 145, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Active pallbearers: Roscoe Bedenbaugh, Rodney Chapman, Jason Frick, Frank Long, Doyle Shealy and Russell Shealy

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#9 Guest 2011-01-14 21:57
To the Lester Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Mary Nelle's passing.
God bless you all.

Love, David & Cheryl Bedenbaugh
#8 Guest 2011-01-14 17:56
We were so sorry to hear about Mrs. Mary Nell. Please know that all the family is in out thoughts & prayers at this sad time. Allene & James
#7 Guest 2011-01-13 17:41
Dear Uncle JC and Mrs. Shealy,

I was quite saddened to hear of Aunt Nelle's passing. I will always remember her for her quick and contagious laugh, beautiful flowers, hardy green thumb, benevolent heart, quilt stitchery and for being an exemplary Southern cook like the Chapman girls have been known for. During her 93 years, Aunt Nelle’s life blessed many – I am just one. I pray that the family’s loss is lightened by distinct and clear memories of the times joy was shared, funny moments and reminders of the great gain Aunt Nelle’s life brought to all who knew her. Know that I share in your pain during this time.

Much love,
Priscilla Shuler
Greenville, SC
#6 Guest 2011-01-13 13:59
Dearest Claudette,
This is a most difficult time for all who loved your
Mother. Please know that I am in prayer for you and Tina and all
your family.Keep all the memories your shared, the good times, in
your hearts and that will keep her close to you. Honor her and
continue to love her until we all see her again.
Sincerely with love, Rose Marie
#5 Guest 2011-01-13 13:51
Uncle J.C. This is truly one of the most difficult notes to write.
What a wonderful 'love story' the two of you haved lived.The many
menories you shared and the happiest of times. The Lord gave you
two many blessings.She now is standing before our Lord and Savior.
What better place could we want for her? My heartfelt love and prayers to you now and always. With sincere affection and much love,
Rose Marie MacGilvray
#4 Guest 2011-01-13 11:07
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet grandmama. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Angie, Gregg & Jesse
#3 Guest 2011-01-12 22:36
Tina and family ,
So sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of you.
Tara Long
#2 Guest 2011-01-12 20:36
Tina,Johnny & Jason,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you during this hard time. If we can do anything, please let us know.
Stanley,Jana, Scott and Megan
#1 Guest 2011-01-12 16:40
Claudette, Me. J.C and family - we are so sorry for the loss of your love one - Ms. Mary Nell. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you all. Love - Martha and Dale Pugh

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