The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


October 16, 2013

Avalea McLester, 91, of Oakboro, has left many memories for family, friends

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — Avalea Love McLester, 91 years of age, of Oakboro, died peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013, after a courageous journey with Alzheimer’s.

Avalea was a strong, wise and nurturing person, devoted to her family and loved by many. Although she will be greatly missed, her good deeds will continue to live in the memory of others for years to come.

Born April 25, 1922, in Stanly County, Avalea was the daughter of Thomas Bunyon Love and Bessie Morgan Love.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Lawrence Crosby McLester and daughter-in-law, Pam McLester.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Tab Whitley, will be Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Hartsell Funeral Home’s Lefler Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Stanly Gardens of Memory, 2001 E. Main St., Albemarle, N.C. At other times the family will be gathering at the home of her son, Mackie and Judy McLester.

She is survived by six children; Charlotte M. Morris and husband David of Davidson, Lisa M. Turner and husband Gregg of Oakboro, Laura McLester and Greg Lechowski, Lawrence C. “Mackie” McLester and wife Judy, Archie E. “Bill” McLester and David L. McLester; five grandchildren; Chris M. Johnson and husband Jimmy of Oakboro, Neal McLester and wife Marnee of Charlotte, Jennifer McLester of Raleigh, Tim McLester and wife Heidi of Cincinnati, Ohio and Katie McLester; and two great-grandchildren, Ava McLester and Peyton McLester.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the McLester family.

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