Lester E. Lynch was born in Wayne County on Sept. 26, 1931, the son of the late Hardy and Mazy Clay Lynch.
On July 3, 1954, he was united in marriage to Beatrice McReynolds, who survives.
Mr. Lynch was a retired parts manager of 42 years for Memphis Brake Service. He was a United States Army Veteran which he served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. During this time he won the Purple Heart for being wounded in action as well as receiving six battle stars and Korean Service Medal. Mr. Lynch was a member of Riverview Baptist Church, Savannah Masonic Lodge 102, Normal Masonic Lodge 722, Eastern Star 371 of Savannah, Scottish Rite and 32nd degree member of Al Chymia Shrine in Memphis.
He lived in Wayne County, Shelby County for 42 years and lived in Hardin County for 13 years. Mr. Lynch enjoyed fishing, doing church work, and he was an expert tree climber. He was a member of the Hospital Staff transporting children to the Shrine Hospitals for many years and did paper drive for the Shriners and was Tomato and Candy Man for Shriners Hospitals. Mr. Lynch collected aluminum can tops for hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He took many friends and loved ones to different places.
He departed this life on Friday, April 16, in Savannah, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 21 days.
In addition to his wife, Beatrice of 55 years of Savannah, he is survived by one daughter, Pamela East and her husband Dale of Dallas, Texas; and one son, Steven Lynch and his wife Kelly of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Amy East, Jared East, Connor Lynch and Kathleen Lynch; three sisters, Katherine Brewer, Virginia Whitten and Geneva Ray, all of Waynesboro; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by six brothers, Roy, Clyde, Edward, Paul, Rex and Walter Lynch; and one sister, Carye Moore.
Services were held on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Dr. Jerry Spencer, Mark LaRue officiating. Burial was in the Forrest Hill East at Memphis.
Memorial donations may be made to Al Chymia Hospital Transportation Fund, Al Chymia Shrine Center, 5770 Shelby Oaks, Memphis, TN 38134 or visit www. lesterlynch.com to donate to a Shriner’s Hospital for Children Memorial Fund in Lester’s name.