- 77 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 14, 1938
- Place of birth:
Silver City, Mississippi, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 16, 2016
- Place of passing:
Humble, Texas, United States
|Let the memory of Lester be with us forever|
Lester Odell Dennis, Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Pawpaw
Wife of 51 Years: Gwayne (Sissie)
Daughters: Becky – (Willie), and Cindy – (Mike)
Sons: Jerry – (Tonja), Glenn, and Don – (Diane)
Lester was also a father figure, along with his late brother Bo, to Chris and Calvin, and grandfather figure to Kristyn.
Grandchildren: Heather, Courtney, and Ashley; Shelby and Stephanie; Leslie and Lindsey; Sara, Matt, and Daniel
Great Grandchildren: C.J., Carley, Chase, and Caleb; Rylee and Allie; Isaac and Ryder
Sisters: Nezzie & Addie Mae,
Sister-in-Laws: Ginger & Deanie Ruth,
Brother-in-Law: Jimmy (Doody)
Along with many nieces and nephews
Preceeded in Death: Mother, Maella Holifield; Brothers, James (Buddy) Henson, and Bo Holifield; Sister, Mavis (Sis) Colburn
Lester started his life in the Mississippi cotton fields, and joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, to help support his mother and siblings, and became a Marine Aircraft Mechanic. After four years of military service, he went into the construction industry as a welder and later joined I.U.O.E. Local 450 Operating Engineers as a Union Heavy Equipment Operator. He worked for various contractors such as W.D. Haden, Miner-Dederick, Bellows Construction, and other signed contractors out of LU 450. He worked in the field until he was chosen by the Local to be a Business Agent, representing Local 450 members in the field. He was one of many great men that helped build much of Greenway Plaza during the oil boom of the 70's. He was a big part in organizing, negotiate and bring solutions over labor and management differences. Lester was very well respected by both labor and management. He retired in 1986 and remained an active union member, for 47 years, until his recent death.
Lester was a kind, amazing family man who always put other’s needs in front of his own. He bravely fought a valiant five year battle with cancer, was greatly loved, and will be deeply missed by all.
The family would like to thank Dr. Douglas Nelson, Candy Halpern, Dr. Frederick Njuki, Dr. Santiago Segurola, Dr. Vipul De Sai, Dr. Amarbir Mattewal, Dr. Timothy Chen, and all of the other physicians and amazing nurses at the St. Luke’s/M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital.
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"It has been 8 long, lonely months since you left. Words cannot describe how much I miss you. I miss our morning coffee at the lake. Just you and me sitting on the porch looking at the lake in all it's beauty. I still go out early and just reminisce our times there. It will never be the same. Nothing is. Seems like you should be here with us. Not a morning or evening goes by that I'm not thinking about you. What really gets to me is the empty chair at the table when we go out to eat. It tears me apart. I don't think I will ever be happy again. Just seems impossible. On your birthday Paula fixed supper for me, not knowing it was your birthday, and she also baked a peach cobbler, your favorite. You know she NEVER COOKS, right? So, after we finished eating I told her it was your birthday and your favorite dessert was peach cobbler! THAT was unbelievable We haven't figured out yet why she decided to cook that particular day AND bake a peach cobbler! So you see, you might be invisible to us in the neighborhood but you are never far from our minds. Just wanted to talk to you today and let you know how very much I miss you and love you. But you already know that. Gonna' go work in the yard and see if I can get rid of these tears. Love you much."
"Happy Birthday Uncle Lester - I know you all are having a party! Tell Daddy hello for me - We love you very much!"
"What a man. A stepfather to my brother Glenn and I, and a friend to many. I loved watching him catch a crappie off of Jerry's pier but loved it more watching him miss one, which was quite rare. Thank you Lester for the man you have always been, consistently, and may you rest in paradise. You are loved and missed. I'm sitting in your spot on the couch right now but can never, ever, fill your shoes. Goodnight Pops."
"May god continue to give you strength in your time of need.
From your Vitas Family"
"Sissie, I was so sorry to read of your husbands passing. You may not remember me, but we worked together at Wards in 1968. I was Pat Robertson then and lived in those apartments behind Wards. I have such fond memories of you and your family from that time. I know how special Lester was to you. I will be thinking of you and your whole family. Best regards."
"We have been friends with Lester and Sissie for many years.We went camping, fishing & hunting when our children were young and had many great times together. We know you are looking down from Heaven with that wonderful smile. Rest in Peace good friend."
"Lester was one of the best persons I ever knew. He had a heart of gold and was always helping someone. He was a wonderful family man and a good friend. He was the kind if man that people looked up to. Rest in peace my friend. You will be greatly missed. My prayers are with all of the family."
"You can tell by the pictures posted that Lester loved his family and friends. There is not a picture posted in his memorial that he does not have a smile on his face. He treated everyone as family, including my husband and myself. We just feel privileged to have known him. Prayers for all of his family."
"My Relationship to Uncle Lester was thru my Wife- Kathy,, for which He is her Uncle. I Have to Say- He Was the Kind of Man That left a Positive Impact On Me! I Somehow gravitate toward him or Jerry Ray for conversation! My Take would Be -He Was Tough as Nails, w/ a Heart of Gold! Kind of Fella- You would Go to Battle With or Go Fishing With! He Ran His Race & He is in a Better Place! A Friend To Remember- Until We Meet Again!"
"Uncle Lester" a man with a heart as big as Texas and a smile to match!! The best looking legs to boot! Beautiful inside and out - steadfast and rock solid - may you rest in peace until we meet again - tell our loved ones hello for me and "see you soon" - forever in my heart! Much love to you all today and always in my prayers."
"The last man that tied our family together couldn't been a better man to play the part of my uncle nephew & nieces both looked up to him as role models and he set the bar high We'll miss him and he will be always in our heart's. Aunt Sissie we greave with you and your in our heart & PRAYERS LUKE Jr"
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