ETHEL LEVENA YATES HESTER, age 92 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at her residence. She was a native of Polk County, Tenn., resident of McMinn County, Tenn. since 1950 and a daughter of the late William Dennis and Florida Moore Yates. She was preceded in death by her Husband of 63 years: Ralph Hester on Dec. 27, 2008, Daughter: June Lynnell "Lynn" Hester McKeehan, Son-in-law: Don McKeehan, Four Brothers: John Yates, Sam Yates, Tom Yates, Boyd Yates, Half-Sister: Easter Higdon, Frances Yates, Lottie Haddock, Mary Lee Garren, Geneva Leamon, and Mae Womac. She and her late husband owned Central Texaco Station for 34 years and was a former employee of Cherokee Photo for 8 years. She was a founding member of McMinn County Rescue Squad Crewettes. She was a member of East Athens Baptist Church.
Survivors: Two Sons and daughters-in-law: Eddie and Susie Hester of Athens, Tenn., Jimmy and Pat Hester of Hermitage, Tenn., Sister: Mildred Dunn of Athens, Tenn., 7 Grandchildren: Gia McKheean, Donna and Kent Bridges, Micki Parr, Jan and Rob McKinney, Dani and Dustin Long, Chad McKeehan, and Ricky McKeehan, 16 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday in McMinn Memory Gardens with Rev. Mike Dannell and Jerry Stephens. Active pallbearers will be Kent Bridges, Robert Nelson, Jeff Stone, Chad McKeehan, Ricky McKeehan,Jaxon Long, and Rob McKinney. Honorary pallbearer will be great grandsons: Jacob Hester, Logan McKheean, Laettner Parr, Ashton Parr, Camden Parr, Cole McKeehan, Cade McKeehan, and Corbin McKeehan.The body will be in the funeral home from 12:00 to 5:00 Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to East Athens Baptist Church or Hospice of Chattanooga. Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Ethel-Hester. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens,Tn. in charge of arrangements.