Dr. John Lee Hester
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Dr. John Lee Hester
Dr. John Lee Hester
Dr. John Lee Hester, O.D., 95, of Beeville, Texas, passed away Monday, May 19th, 2014, in Southlake, Texas, of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Hester was born March 26th, 1919, to John Thomas Hester and Ruby Clyde Burdick, in the frontier town of Leeland, TX, which was incorporated into Harlingen, Texas.

He attended Harlingen High School and worked at Kelley Field in San Antonio during WWll.

He graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in 1947, and moved to Beeville to start his practice.

He married his beloved wife, Elsie Jeannette Ruiter of Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1953, and they were together almost 43 years, until she passed away.

Dr. Hester was an optometrist in Beeville for 47 years. He served as Mayor of Beeville, as well as on the city council. He was involved in the Kiwanis Club, the Navy League, the Walk to Emmaus and Kairos, a prison mission, the Billy Graham Film Crusade, the First United Methodist Church, the Rialto Theater, and many other community endeavors.

He was involved with the Texas Optometric Association, and served as Co-Chairman one term and on numerous committees. He also worked with University of Houston College of Optometry. In all of his endeavors, he always believed it took a team effort, working together for the good of the whole.

He was married to Betty Pohler Hardy in July 1997, until she passed away in January of 2002.

He loved his Lord, his church, his community, and his family. He lived with and taught others to live with integrity.

He was a mentor, friend, optometrist, civic leader, partner, husband, Daddy, Uncle Bud and Grandoc.

Dr. Hester is survived by his two daughters, MaryGail Masters of Arlington and Patsy Hester Daussat of Grapevine, son-in-law, Rick Daussat; six grandchildren, Natalie F. Masters, Ryan Daussat, Tony Daussat, John E. Masters, Robin A. Masters, and Emily J. Masters; one great- grandchild, Maya Claire Masters-Fairman; his step-children, Warren Hardy, Lynn Hardy Neill, Alisa Hardy Fogg and their families; his sister-in-law, Lois Hansen Hester of Kerrville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in Beeville, Arlington and around the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruby Hester; his siblings, Clyde T. Hester, Mildred Carden, William R. Hester, and Loretta “Sweet” Bartosh; his wife, Elsie Jeannette Ruiter Hester, his second wife, Betty Pohler Hardy Hester, and his step-grandson, Scott Neill.

A Celebration of Life was held in his honor at the First United Methodist Church of Beeville, Texas, 106 E. Cleveland Street, on July 26th at 3:00 with a fellowship following the service.

A memorial service was held on Friday, May 23rd, at Town Village in Arlington, TX.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Beeville, the Autism Society at, or the Lighthouse for the Blind at

Dr. Hester touched many lives: those who sought and benefited from his counsel, those who experienced his kindness and wisdom, and those who laughed with him. He made the world a better place by helping others to better themselves.

He believed in the power of positive thinking, the power of laughter, and the power of his Lord. His generosity and kindness were an inspiration to many, and he will be sorely missed.
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