Another Great Smile
Lester Odell Dennis
  • 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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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Nezzie Stoy on 17th January 2018

"Miss you brother!  Time does nothing to make it better. You were the best!  So many times there are times that I want to call and ask you a question because you were of the smartest men I know. The kindest, loving, most caring brother a sister could have!  I loved you then and love you now. Nothing changed except I can’t tell you. Love you forever!"

This tribute was added by sissie dennis on 16th January 2018

"I can't believe it's been two years since you left us. I guess it will always feel like yesterday. I love you and miss you more and more as time goes by. I still miss talking politics with you. Believe me you would have plenty to say right now. I thank the Lord for all the years he gave us and I wish it could have been more. But you were needed elsewhere and I accept that. Just remember you are always in my heart and I love you . Until we meet again, my love."

This tribute was added by Kathy Rollins on 16th January 2018

"Time passes way too fast - seems like yesterday.  We still miss you Uncle Lester and you will forever be in our memories and in our hearts!!"

This tribute was added by sissie dennis on 14th June 2017

"Happy birthday, my love.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much.  We all do.  I miss our "political" conversations and boy would we have a lot to talk about!  I can just hear you shouting at the T.V. "Why that stupid @#$!@#!  I'd give anything to just see you again.  I'm keeping your side of the bed warm. I love you with all my heart and soul and I'll see you soon my love."

This tribute was added by Kathy Rollins on 14th June 2017

"Happy Birthday Uncle Lester!! Hope you all are having a great celebration and tell everyone hello for me and see you all again some day!! Love you,

This tribute was added by sissie dennis on 27th January 2017

"It's been one year and 11 days since you left us, my love. Just  sitting here listening and looking at your site on Forever Missed.  It's so hard for me to do  but I feel so in touch with you there. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and call your name. I miss you every day and every night and will for the rest of my life. The hole in my heart will never heal but I keep filling it with memories of you and that helps.  It's that empty chair that gets me. Damn, I miss you!  Can't wait until I can hold you again. Keep everyone straight up there and when I get there we'll have one Hell of a celebration! Just remember, I will always love you!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Rollins on 16th January 2017

"Cannot believe it has been a year since you left this world.  I know that you are in good company with Grandma and so many others but you are truly missed here! I love you Uncle Lester!"

This tribute was added by sissie dennis on 18th September 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Kathy Rollins on 14th June 2016

"Happy Birthday Uncle Lester - I know you all are having a party! Tell Daddy hello for me - We love you very much!"

This tribute was added by Don Little on 5th March 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Yolanda Williams on 12th February 2016

"May god continue to give you strength in your time of need.
From your Vitas Family"

This tribute was added by Pat Latimer on 30th January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Bryan&Betty Mansell on 29th January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by janice simpson on 27th January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Karen Brummett on 26th January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Tony Rollins on 26th January 2016

"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!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Rollins on 25th January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Luke Colburn on 24th January 2016

"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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