Charles M.J. Nester
Jesup--Charles M.J. Nester, native son of Potts-town, Pennsylvania and currently of Jesup, died peacefully Oct. 20, 2019, surrounded by family.
He was the son of Raymond Franz Nester and Anne Theresa (Kuback) Nester, both natives of Pottstown.
He served in the U.S. Active Army Reserves for 25 years, retiring in 1996 as a lieutenant colonel, and received several commendations, including the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He also worked for 27 years in the Chester County Public Defender’s Office in West Chester, Pennsylvania, before retiring in 2004 as first deputy public defender.
He continued his law practice as Wayne County public defender in Jesup from 2005 to 2008 before being recruited for the Georgia Capital Defender’s Office from 2008 to 2011. He also maintained a private practice with his brother, Raymond, in Pottstown until moving to Jesup in 2005.
He graduated from St. Pius X High School, Pottstown, in 1965, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1969. He received his juris doctorate from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972; attended Judge Advocate General School in 1973; and received his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia Southern University in 1975.
He enjoyed teaching college-level business law classes at Montgomery County Community College for many years.
He also enjoyed a full social life, belonging to several social clubs: The Pottstown Quoit Club; the Manatawny Association; St. Anthony’s Italian Social Club in Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and the Birdsboro Sportsman’s Club in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.
Survivors include by his wife of 31 years, Anne M. (Krauthauser) Nester, also originally from Pottstown and currently of Jesup; three daughters at home, Annie, Lizzie and Emily; adult children of a prior marriage, Christopher Nester of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Andrea McMenamin of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, and Charlyanne Nester of Coatesville, Pennsylvania; a brother, Raymond D. Nester, of Pottstown; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Royal Funeral Home on Nov. 30. The time has yet to be set. It is requested that all who wish to remember him with an anecdote or story bring their written experience to the service, where they can share it with all of his family and friends. It will then be placed in printed form as a written memorial. Also, these stories and anecdotes may be submitted prior to the memorial service to Royal Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA in the name of Charles M.J., Nester and Family. He was a lover of all animals.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Lonnie Lemar Stephens
Jesup--Lonnie Lemar Stephens, 55, of Jesup died Oct. 24, 2019, after a short illness. A Wayne County native, he was a Christian and a retired painter. He loved to fish and spend time with his family.
Survivors are three daughters, J.J. Lee of Brunswick, Cindy (Bubba) Turner of Nashville, Tennessee, and Alyssa (Harley) Tapley of Jesup; nine grandchildren; parents, Lonnie (Barbara) Stephens of Jesup and Jackie (Jerry) Hires of Jesup; four sisters, Cindy (Mike) Woodard of Jesup, Sharon (Larry) Jacobs of Fort Worth, Texas, and Karen Paulson and Candy Strickland, both of Dublin; and step-siblings, Jay and Travis Hires, Jan Amerson, Belinda Tanner, Becky Bridges, and Neil Wheeler.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, 2019, at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Joey Chancey officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Brock, Rocky and Pat Williford; Blake Stephens; Brandon Paulson; and Carlton Benson. Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins and nephews.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.