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Seaver Brown Chapel
Monday March 22nd, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Seaver Brown Chapel
Monday March 22nd, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Rose Lawn Cemetery
Tuesday March 23rd, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

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William Claiborne "Cob" Hester

MARION, Va.

William “Cob” Claiborne Hester age 93, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Va.

William was a loving husband, dad and papaw to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. For more than 40 years he was “the pepsi man” for Marion Bottling Company. When he wasn’t working, he loved playing golf with his sons-in-law and his son, Gary. Mr. Hester retired and worked with The Bank of Marion where he continued to make many more friends, he really loved traveling the country on the bank trips. He loved his community and enjoyed being a friend to many, but also loved Hungry Mother State Park. William loved the Lord and was a deacon and member at East End Baptist Church and later, Marion Baptist Church where he enjoyed the men’s Bible study. He loved his country and was drafted out of high school to the United States Army, after retiring, he earned his G.E.D. in night school at the age of 60. He loved his lord, family and country and his entire life proved that. William will be remembered by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Kate Hester; brother’s, Carl Preston, Jr., Joe Hester, Tom Hester, and Roy Hester.

William is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Irene Snavely Hester; daughters, Barbara Parrish and husband, Steve of Chesterfield, Va., Rebecca Blankenbeckler and husband, Joey, of Chilhowie, Va.; sons, Gary Hester and wife, Sherry of Marion, Va., Dwight Hester and wife Polly, of Wytheville, Va.; brother, Harold “Rudy” Hester of Marion, Va.; grandchildren, Brent Hester and wife, Sarah, Kayla Winebarger and husband, Julius, Jessica Yates and husband Blake, April Jonas and husband, Nick, Jake Parrish; seven great-grandchildren; several nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Reverend Dr. Charles Stuart and Pastor George Jesse. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery with military rites by Francis Marion VFW Post #4667 and the US Army Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 6 -7 p.m. on Monday prior to the service. Family and friends are asked to follow the COVID-19 Safety & Social Distancing Guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marion Baptist Church or Operation Christmas Child in c/o Marion Baptist Church, 1258 North Main St. Marion, Va. 24354 or Friends of Hungry Mother State Park, P.O. Box 362 Marion, Va. 24354.

To share memories of William C. Hester, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for William’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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My condolences to Dwight and your siblings for the loss of your father.

Lewis Foreman Apr 3 2021 12:00 AM

We have been privileged to know the Hester family for as far back as we can remember. Mr William was always a kind and gentle soul. It was our pleasure to know and love him. Thoughts and prayers for this wonderful family. The Byrds

The Byrds Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Cob" Hester

The Byrds Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM

Such a sweet man always with a smile. His daughter Barb and I went to school together. He and Frances are such kind people with a wonderful family.

Linda White Burchette Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Cob" Hester

Linda White Burchette Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM

William was the best neighbor on Harris Lane. He was always helpful if you needed anything, he and Frances was right there to help. He also took my family to the main sites around Marion, North Carolina, West Virginia and Tenn. He could tell a good story at the drop of a hat. Always upbeat. In the fall he would call and say: some leaves from the Large tree in our front yard were down at his house. I would always tell him it's OK you can keep them. When my family would visit from Oklahoma William and France would always play host and hostess to my grandkids and other family and friends that came to Marion , Va. My daughter Carmen says, he's the sweetest man. Heaven has a wonderful Angel coming in. He will be greatly missed.

Loretta & Ed Ballenger Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Cob" Hester

Loretta & Ed Ballenger Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

Becky, So sorry to hear of your loss. May God guide you with faith and strength. You will always be remembered as a dear friend and co-worker. Stan R.

Stan R Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Cob" Hester

Stan R Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry for you lose, good neighbors an friends for many years. God Bless you all Diane Eller

Diane Eller Mar 21 2021 12:00 AM

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