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Lester F. Gillespie, 79

Lester Floyd Gillespie, 79 years, passed away on Sept. 3, 2012 at Glenwood Healthcare, Seymour, Mo., with his daughter by his side.
Lester was born May 2, 1933 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Floyd and Flora (York) Gillespie.
Lester was a resident of Ava for several years.
He was a retired farmer. On Sept. 25, 1954, Lester and Eula Mae Bridges were united in marriage in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and to this union two children were born.
He was a Christian and a member of the Living Church of God.
Lester enjoyed mechanic work, gardening, being in the outdoors and treasure hunting. His joy in life was being with his wife, Eula and all his family.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eula on Feb. 22, 2012 and a twin brother, Louis.
Lester is survived by two children and their spouses, Linda and Terry Galimore, Tuscumbia, Mo., and Dennis and Ione Gillespie, Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, Becky Miller, Dustin Scott, Daniel and Jerry Gillespie; four great-grandchildren, Kolby, Shatavia, Kole and Taylor; two brothers, Glen and Robert Gillespie; two sisters, Pauline Menson and Joan McKnight; and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Lester will be Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Bailey Cemetery, Alton, Mo. Visitation was Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.

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