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Lester Franklin Card

December 11, 1943 — August 22, 2023

Funeral Services will be held 2:00PM Saturday 8/26/23 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County. The Graveside/Committal Services will be held at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel instead of Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00PM until 2:00PM Saturday 8/26/23 at Oliver Funeral Home. Lester Franklin Card, 79, retired truck driver, died 8/22/23 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. Funeral Services were held 2:00PM Saturday 8/26/23 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County, MS. Rev. Shannon Edwards officiated. Pallbearers were; Tom Tuck, Tim Fisackerly, Wayne Fulgham, Joseph Card, Liam Card, Gavin Card, Craig Fulgham and Matt Fisackerly. Honorary Pallbearers were; Jordan Browning and Coty Tuck. He was preceded in death by his parents; Granville Girstle and Braskey Elizabeth Swindoll Card, daughter; Ramona Shirley, two brothers and sister in laws: Girstle and Billie Card, and James and Sonia Card. Mr. Lester is survived by his wife; Linda Tuck Card, Mathiston, MS, daughter; Sonia (Greg) Tolson, Tucson, AZ, sons; John Card, Bellingham WA, William (Jennifer) Card, Crestview FL, step-son: Tommy (April) Tuck, Maben, MS, sisters; Lillian Card Rodgers and Mary Ann (Joe) Stoddard Smith both of Bellefontaine, MS, twenty grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Mr. Lester was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Mathiston, MS, spent twenty one years in the National Guard with a few months stationed in North Korea and was married to his late wife JoAnn Louise (Scemens) Card for thirty years. He enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life. In his younger years, he was what you would call a true outdoorsman. He loved camping in the mountains, hiking, exploring old caves, looking for "treasure", fishing, target shooting and getting his old 71 chevy stuck in the mud. Once on a camping trip in the mountains with his two sons, he had decided to hike to the top of the mountain. After reaching the top he realized how tough it would be to go back down the same way. He decided to take a different route back down. Halfway back down they came across a very steep area where they had to help each other rappel down. Will made it down with no issue. John's foot slipped and his dad (Mr. Lester) saved John from injury as well as crushing Will down below waiting. Mr. Lester also enjoyed playing card games and was pretty good at cheating during an UNO game. Later in life, he still enjoyed the outdoors but mountain climbing and hiking was replaced with gardening and traveling. After the loss of his late wife, Mr. Lester eventually reunited with his childhood sweetheart Linda Faye (Tuck) Card. They were married in 2002 and spent 21 amazing years together. The first 13 years they traveled all over the U.S. while making a living team driving an 18-wheeler hauling a variety of items. They enjoyed the views in the mountains more than anywhere else. Once retired, they took many trips together visiting family and cruising the Carribean. They lived life together to the fullest extent. Mr. Lester was saved at an early age but wasn't baptized until the ripe old age of 71. It was a wonderful day, and he had the biggest smile you have ever seen. This came about with his stepson (Tommy) asking him if he had ever been baptized. Mr. Lester indicated that you didn't have to be baptized to be saved. He agreed and asked "Do you want to get baptized and Mr. Lester answered with a smile, yes. Soon after he was baptized.He had many titles in life. They ranged from loving husband to "Old Goat" and loved every one of them. The most important ones would be husband, Mr. Lester, Dad, Papaw, Pop and friend. To sum up Mr. Lester, he was a gentle and humble man. Always willing to lend a helping hand. He would do whatever he could for his family and loved spending time with them. He will be dearly missed here on earth
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