Clinton Lamar Hester

by Lynn McMillen
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Clinton Lamar Hester, a great ole soul, transformed to his eternal home on April 15, 2024, after spending his last couple years at Rosewood Retirement Home. Clinton was the only child born in Pontotoc Co. on December 9, 1938 to the late Earl Thomas Hester and Mildred Copeland Hester Christian. A patriotic American, Soldier Hester served in the U. S. Army in peacetime between the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He married Jimmie Lou Chism on Sept. 5, 1958, a marriage of 58 years until her death on Aug. 6, 2017. Clinton spent his life as a truck driver with over 30 years working for Super Sagless in Tupelo. Clinton was a longtime member of the Palmetto Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a 32nd degree Mason affiliated with the Palmetto Lodge. Clinton loved people but his greatest joy in life was the unconditional love he had for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they were his world. He was devoted to his mother and wife during their years of decline and took care of them until their deaths. Clinton loved playing dominoes, enjoyed his land, his dogs and horses – in his early years, he often went wagon riding with them.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in the Sadie Holland Memorial Chapel at Holland Funeral Directors with his pastor, Bro. Jimmy Webb, officiating assisted by Bro. Don Schaffer. Visitation will be today (April 16) from 5 PM – 7 PM at the funeral home. A private family committal service will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc Co. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at 11 AM Wednesday at, and will be archived thereafter. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to serve their friends.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Patton, Mike Roberts, Nick Giorgenti, Landon Floyd, Kenny Russell, Skylar Floyd, and Chad Floyd. Honorary pallbearers will be Greg White, Alan Patrick, and Wayne Washington.

Clinton is survived by his children, Joseph Hester (Carolyn), Lisa Roberts (Mike), Deana Patrick, and Mary Patton (Anthony); his grandchildren, Melanie Floyd, Greg White (Christi), Lauren Trimble (Taylor), Kristen Patton, Amy Giorgenti (Nick), Savannah Hester, Ciara Hester, Miranda Hester, and Trece Gonzalez; and great-grandchildren, Makenzie Floyd, Landon Floyd, Isabella White Smith (Bradley), Sierra White, Skylar Floyd, Jonathan Floyd, Maggie Trimble, Arianna Giorgenti, Brianna Giorgenti, Cadyn Gonzalez, and Kane Gonzalez; and two sisters-in-law, Patsy Washington (Wayne), and Peggy Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mildred Hester; and his wife, Jimmie Lou Chism, who died in 2017.

Condolences for the family may be left on Clinton’s memorial page at

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Palmetto Baptist Church, 785 Palmetto Rd, Tupelo, MS 38801.

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