French J. Lester

French J. Lester, 90, of Dayton, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at his home.

Born on July 11, 1930 in Mohawk, W.V., French was the son of the late Adam and Lucinda Cline Lester. He and his wife, Margaret, moved from Michigan back to the Rhea County community in 1975. French was an entrepreneur, he owned and operated the Big Orange Truck Stop and Restaurant in Evensville for many years. French was a hardworking and loving family man, who never met a stranger. He was a member of Texas Grove Baptist Church in Evensville.

French was preceded in death by his son, David Lester; and 14 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife 66 years, Margaret Fisher Lester of Dayton; son, Kenny Lester; and daughter, Carol Ann Barron both of Dayton; brothers, Herbert Lester of Virginia and Vernon Lester of Florida; sister, Edith Bailey of West Virginia; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held at Vaughn Funeral Home with the Rev. Norman Huskey officiating. There was no visitation. Interment was at Add Smith Cemetery in Spring City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Grove Baptist Church, c/o Patty Henderson, 1127 Tom Garrison Road, Evensville, TN 37332.

Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.vaughn-funeral-home.com to share memories and condolences with the family of French J. Lester.