William Lester

May 7, 1985 ~ January 21, 2022 (age 36)


When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not for long.
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that once we shared.
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we must all take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all part of the master plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
Laugh at all the things we used to do.
Miss me, but let me go.

It is with sincere sympathy that Gatlin Mortuary Inc. announces the passing of Mr. William Lester. We are honored to be selected by his family to serve them with excellence through professional service.   ~Modern Day Services with Traditional Values~

William Eugene Lester was born May 7, 1985, to Mr. Eugene Lester and Diana Lester in Valdosta, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Pearline Chambers and Johnny Mclowery, and paternal grandparents, Mrs. Itears Lester and William Lester, Jr. William was educated in the Valdosta, Georgia, school system. During his school years, he graduated from Valdosta High School in 2005. He was a PROUD WILDCAT! William was a hard worker. He worked for Langdale for 15 years. He was also a devoted husband, son, brother, and cousin. William loved his family. He didn’t mind helping others and giving up his time for them. William and Nicole Thomas Lester wed in September 2013. They started a family with two stepdaughters, Ja’Lyiah Thomas and Nyasia Thomas. On January 21, 2022, God decided it was time for William to finally rest. He peacefully closed his eyes and was told, “Come home, my child, and reap your reward.” Williams leaves to mourn and cherish his memories: his wonderful wife, Nicole Thomas Lester; his beautiful and loving mother, Diana Lester; loving father, Eugene Lester (Mrs. Linda); an amazing sister, Nychole Carter; an amazing nephew who he raised as his son, Dereon Carter; three aunts he cherished in many special ways, Vivian Brown, Tammy Chambers (Scooby), and Sonja Chambers; an amazing uncle, Willie Brown; all aunts and uncles residing in Valdosta, Georgia; very special BROTHERS/COUISNS, Dexter Brown (Michelle) and Willie (Spanky) Brown; - if you saw one of the trio, William wasn’t far behind; Mother-in-law, Cherry Thomas; Two brother-in-laws; Jarvis and Shambrell Thomas; his work family, Andrea Washington and Ivy Hicks; and some of his close classmates/friends, Joseph Smith, Labarron Daniels, Brian Tooley, Fredrick Gilbert, Coy Crider, Justin Lewis, and Willie Lewis; and his special friends in his Masonic Brotherhood and Shanolce Davis. 

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Serenity Christian Church in Valdosta, Georgia @ 2 p.m. Min. Darius Barkley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Public Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


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January 28, 2022

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gatlin Mortuary Inc

Funeral Service
January 29, 2022

2:00 PM
Serenity Christian Church (Valdosta, Georgia)

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