SYLVESTER -- The funeral services for the late Mr. Charles "C.J." Lester of 225 Woodcrest Road, Sylvester, GA, who departed this life on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany , GA , will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the First African Baptist Church in Sylvester , GA , with the Reverend Lester Green officiating. Burial will follow in the New Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery in Albany , GA.

Retired Staff Sergeant C. J. Lester, Jr. (Charles) was born in Albany , Georgia on May 24, 1949 to the late C. J. Lester, Sr. and Mollie Lester.

C. J. attended school in the Dougherty County Public School System, and graduated from Monroe High School in Albany , GA in 1967. Upon completion of high school, C. J. enlisted in the United States Armed Forces, and retired after 22 years of service to his country. He also worked at Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company in Albany , GA , and retired from there after working 28 years.

C. J. gave his life to Christ at an early age, and joined the New Morning Star Baptist Church in Dougherty County , GA . At New Morning Star, C. J. was ordained as a Deacon, and served as Chairman of the Deacon Board.

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife, Flora D. Lester; one loving daughter, Tracy R. Lester of Sylvester, GA; four grandchildren, Ardrianna V. Lester, Brianna V. Lester, Contavian J. Lester, Nakya S. Daniels, all of Sylvester, GA; mother, Mollie Lester of Sylvester, GA; one brother, Harold (Betty) Lester, Sr., of Augusta, GA; six sisters-in-law, Brenda Rushing, Geraldine Rogers, Betsy Rushing, all of Sylvester, Georgia, Linda Rushing, Bell Rushing, Joy Rushing, all of New York; six brothers-in-law, Lawrence Rogers, Roy Rushing, both of Sylvester, GA, Earnest Rushing, Sr., R. D. Rushing, Raymond Rushing, Leon Dover, all of New York; aunt, Dollie Teemer of New York; one devoted friend, Ben Bennett, and two devoted friends that were like brothers, Charlie Jordan, and Cedric Dawson.

The family will receive friends at the New Morning Star Baptist Church at 3730 Fleming Road , Albany , GA on Friday evening, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Family and Friends may feel free to sign the guestbook online at

Shipp's Funeral Home

Sylvester 229/776-1355