The following obituary was first published in the Franklin County Times, in Sept. 1929.
Wiley R. HESTER was born in 1844, the son of Roling and Lucinda (ROBERTSON) HESTER.

WILEY R. HESTER, PIONEER, PASSES, AGED 85 YEARS Was Last of His Generation and Was Widely Known and Highly Respected
"Mr. Wiley R. HESTER died Tuesday night, August 27, at the home of his daughter Mrs. James BRITTON, at Belgreen. He had been ill for some time and his death was not unexpected by his host of friends throughout Franklin County, of which he was an honored pioneer." "Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Belgreen, conducted by the Methodist pastor, Rev. BOWEN, and were largely attended by relatives and friends. Internment was in Belgreen cemetery." "Mr. HESTER was the oldest member of the large HESTER family in Franklin county, having celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday anniversary July 25. He was an upright citizen and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He reared eleven children all of whom survive him. His wife died several years ago. His children are: "Mrs. Mollie KING, Belgreen; Mrs. Ella EZZELL, near Pleasant Site; Ed HESTER, Belgreen; Mrs. J. L. SPARKS, near Frankfort; John HESTER, Texas; Charles HESTER, Belgreen; G. HESTER, near Boonville, Miss.; Mrs. Dora BRITTON, Moorewood, Oklahoma; Herbert HESTER, Spruce Pine; Mrs. Cora BRITTON, Belgreen." "Mr. HESTER is also survived by over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He served in the Confederate army, making a splendid record."

Source: NATCHEZ TRACE TRAVELER Vol. 7, No. 4, Nov 1987 Page 143 CONTRIBUTED BY: Mary Ellen AHSTROM-THORN, Route 2, Box 570-J, Red Bay, AL 35582-9514

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