Odell Hester was born on September 18, 1928 to Willie and Seloma Hester in Whiteville North Carolina. He was a spiritual man attended the valley church as a young man. He moved to Boston in 1960. He joined the Navy and served 20 years active duty and 10 years reserve. He was the first person to touch the first man sent to outer space “Allen B Shepard” 1961.
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He was a free mason 32 Carver Den John G Jones #8 Lodge. He was a business owner of several businesses Trucking/Excavations and auto and diesel mechanic, cabs, radio stations and corner stores. He was proceeded in death by his brother Major Ford and wife Janie Ford of Pennsylvania and sister Kathleen Hanley of New York and 3 sons Steven Odell Hester, Ervin Gillard and Nathaniel Gillard all of Boston Mass.
Odell leaves to treasure his precious memories of his life, his sons Little Willie Hester, Jimmy L. Hester, O.D.L. Hester all of Boston, MA, and a host of grandchildren Charmayne Paulding, Shawn Paulding, Eddie Barbosa, Rochelle Gillard, Gregory Gillard, Gerald Gillard all of Boston, MA, Shanay Hester of Lynn, MA, Anthony, Giovanni, Kathleen, Naviya, Ma’shayla, Kieyore, Raqual, Jayden, Cameron all of Boston, MA and a host of other family and friends.
A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by Funeral Service at 11:00 O’clock at Riley-Antoine Funeral Home 171 Humboldt Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121
Interment: Massachusetts National Cemetery (Bourne MA)
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home