Vernon Lester

July 3, 1930 ~ May 14, 2021 (age 90)


Vernon Lester 90, of Phelps, Kentucky passed away May 14, 2021 at Pikeville Medical Center.  He was born July 3, 1930 in Stopover, KY the son of the late Paris and Rittie “Blankenship” Lester.   

Besides his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years: Hazel "Pugh" Lester, a brother: Lamuel Lester, a sister: Opal Ferrell and a great granddaughter: Tori Carman.

Vernon worked as a machinist having worked for General Electric. He was a mechanic at heart and had a passion for working on cars. His favorite automobile was a Volkswagen. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles. Vernon loved constructing anything with metal and was a genius in his own era. He had the ability to fix almost anything and loved a challenge. Vernon was a member of Stopover Church of God for 24 1/2 years. He was faithful to drive from Pikeville, KY to attend church services for over 20 years before making his home in Phelps. He loved people and had a ministry for the Lord in visiting the sick and was a cheerful giver. Vernon was a people loving man and had several special friends in the area who were family to him.

Those remaining to cherish Vernon’s memory include a son: Gary Dale (Lisa) Lester of West Chester, OH, a daughter: Debra K. (Chuck) Kominek of Galion, OH, two sisters: Rosa Lee Horsley of Jacksonville, FL, and Opal Faye (Tim) Stevenson of OH. Survivors also include several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of friends and family. 

Funeral services will be held at Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Harold Layne, Casey Cisco, and Curtis Hamilton officiating. 

Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Park of Pikeville, Kentucky with family and friends to serve as pallbearers. 

Visitation will be in the funeral home chapel Monday evening from 6:00-10:00 p.m. with special services starting at 7:00 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky.  (606)-456-0656.  The guestbook may be signed at

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May 17, 2021

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Jones & West Funeral Home
37035 State Highway 194 E
Phelps, KY 41553

Funeral Service
May 18, 2021

1:00 PM
Jones & West Funeral Home
37035 State Highway 194 E
Phelps, KY 41553

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