Memorial service for James Carl "Jimmy" Jester, age 64, of Hartselle, will be Saturday, June 26, 2021, 2:00 p.m. at Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tim Smith officiating. The family will receive friends for two hours prior to service at the church in Fayetteville. In Decatur, the family will receive friends on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Jester, who died Saturday, June 19, 2021, at his residence, was born October 28, 1956, in Lincoln County, TN, to Wilson Thomas Jester and Vernell Surina Allen Jester. He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, Bobby Lewter, and grandparents, Carl and Viola Jester and Virginia DeMore. He was formerly married to Susan Zimmerle Jester.
He was a 1974 graduate of Central High School in Fayetteville, and a member of Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He possessed a great sense of humor and maintained his quick wit until the end.
He worked for Boeing for many years and was proud to be a part of the International Space Station program. He was active in the local union IAM 2766. He thoroughly enjoyed stock car and dirt track racing, and working on cars in his garage with his buddies, Robert Vinzant (recently deceased) and Jimmy Wallace; he was known by many as "J.J." and revered for his mechanical skills. Watching Luke Riddle race dirt track was a special joy for him. He was active in the Decatur Bass Club.
He is survived by his loving companion of 12 years, Tracy Riddle, of Hartselle; stepson, Luke Riddle (Chelsie) of Hartselle; mother, Vernell Jester Lewter Pressnell (James) of Fayetteville, TN; one brother, Mike Jester of Fayetteville, TN; one sister, Vanatta Gentry (Steve) of Fayetteville, TN; five nephews, Carl Jester (Lindsey), Will Gentry, Dylan Gentry, Jaydon England, and Andrew Sybert; one niece, Nicole Self (Jason); and his four-legged buddy, Elvis.
Jimmy's family would like to express their special thanks to Dr. John Irle and staff, Dr. Nauveen Lobo and staff, Dr. Traci McCormick and staff, and to the caregivers and staff of Hospice of the Valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Alabama Public Television.
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