Valdosta Daily Times

Obituaries

July 5, 2014

Jon Mitchell Hesters

-- — Jon Mitchell Hesters, 57, of Valdosta, Ga., passed away, June 9, 2014 at the Winterhaven Healthcare Center in Houston, Texas after a lengthy illness.

Mitch, as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, was known for his love of the outdoors and farm life. He was a 1974 graduate of Lowndes High School, a member of the LHS band, 4-H Club and enjoyed participating in horse shows. For a number of years, Mitch worked as a horse handler of thoroughbred and quarter horses, traveling to many equestrian venues throughout the United States including Churchill Downs and Belmont Park.

He was born Dec. 19, 1956 in Lowndes County to Jim A. Hesters and Jewel (Jones) Hesters.

Mitchell is preceded in death by his parents and brother Jim Wesley Hesters. He is survived by his sister, Judy Lee Hesters of Lake Park; nephews, Dusty Pickering of Mandeville, La., Andy Pickering of Brunswick, Ga., Adam Hesters of Tampa, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Shirley Grady Hesters of Valdosta.

The Rev. Richard W. Soper, a long-time friend and pastor of the family will officiate a memorial service Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Hesters’ former home place on Hwy. 41 South in Valdosta.

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