Betty Jean Dennis LesterSeptember 10, 1946 ~ December 15, 2017 (age 71)
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." (psalm 121:1-2)
Betty Jean Dennis Lester was born on September 10, 1946 to the late Everett McBurse Jr. and the late Emma Lillian Dennis in Pulaski County, GA. Her mother passed away when she was a small child and she was raised by her grandparents, the late Joseph and Mandy Dennis.
She met and married, the love of her life, the Late Rev. Mack Edward Lester, Sr. They were blessed with four sons and one daughter from this union.
She attended the Public School of Pulaski County, GA. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined New Hope Baptist Church in Pineview, GA. She later joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her death.
Betty prided herself in raising her children and spending time with family. In her spare time she loved to fish and work word search puzzles. She was also well known for her southern cooking. Her grandchildren fondly remember watching her favorite movie “The Temptations” many times with her. She led a simple Christian life, and all that met Betty remember her for her smile and gentle words of encouragement. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, their infant daughter, Jennifer Lester, granddaughter, Chassity Lester, parents, her step-mother Mariah McBurse, father in law, Givins Lester Sr. , mother-in-law, Christine B. Lester, grandparents, Joseph and Mandy Dennis, siblings, Mary Lou Coley, Ernestine Jackson, Albert Jackson, and Leroy Mc Burse, sister-in- laws Luella Lester and Shenita Lester Bembry.
Betty leaves to cherish her love and memories, four sons Charlie “Wank” Lester (Shelia), Rev. Michael Anthony Lester (Debbie), Victor Edward Lester (Adrienne), Mack Edward (Scoop) Lester, Jr. (Cheronica).
Betty came from a big family and leaves several siblings: Amelia Bethea, East Orange, NJ; Lizzie Dennard (James), Manalapan, NJ; Vivian Lester (Darren Undra), Athens, GA ; Lenora McBurse, Newark, NJ; Calvin McBurse (Denise), Cochran, GA; Marion Brown (Curtis), Dorothy Anderson (Robert), Alicia Wilkins(Bryan), Dorothy Dennis, Everett McBurse III (Veronica); all of Hawkinsville, GA.
She married into a large family and gained more siblings/in-laws: Julia Moon, Atlanta, GA; Christine “Doris” Gibson, Villa Rica, GA; Rhetta Jean Porter, Hawkinsville. GA; Gwen ”Lois” Grace, Perry, GA; Sinclair Lester (Heather), Corona, GA; Darren Undra Lester (Vivian), Athens, GA; Aunts and uncles: Christine Bray, and Horace McBurse, both of Hawkinsville, Ga, and Mary Brown (JD) , Buffalo, NY, Verdell Bryant, Orlando, FL, Jean Singletary, Syracuse, NY, Mervin McBurse, Oviedo, FL,
She also leaves 19 grandchildren: Phillips, Patrice, Jeremy, Cherelle, Meesha, Chad, Jacquez, Mia, Chelsea, Maleesha, Phillips (PJ), Nasiara, Akeryah, Andrew, Jaylan, Cameron, Ariana, & Austin. 13 great-grand children: Damion, Tamiya, Ky’lah, Tyon, Aubrey, Nevaeh, Naomi, Emily, Kera, Caleb, Malachi, Brooklyn & Rose and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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