Katie Curry Jester Obituary - 2022 (2024)

Mrs. William Albert Jester (Katie Curry “Kay” Loflin Jester), 86, of Roanoke, died on Friday, July 22, 2022 at her residence. She was the widow of her best friend and devoted husband of 55 years, 3 months, The Reverend William “Bill” Albert Jester, whom she married March 15th, 1958. He was a member of the Virginia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, until he entered the church triumphant June 19th, 2013. She was born on February 14th, 1936, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and lived in Asheboro, North Carolina, until her marriage; the daughter of the late Curry Fulson Loflin and Kate Erwin Brittain Loflin. She is survived by her son, William Albert Jester, Jr., and his wife, Angelique; and two grandchildren, Brandon Albert Jester and Faith Armindy Jester, all of Uniontown, Ohio (near Akron). Mrs. Jester graduated from Asheboro High School in Asheboro, North Carolina; and attended Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, two years; and her final college years at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, where she majored in math and music. She also attended Emory University after her marriage in March 1958. Both Bill and Kay were members of the 1836 Society of Emory University.

Kay served as an Administrative Assistant for her husband as well as his personal secretary throughout all of the churches they served together in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Kay used her music talents, filling in when needed as Organist/Pianist at the Rappahannock Charge (Sperryville, Willis Chapel and Washington churches); Rodes; Wayne Hills & Oak Hill (Waynesboro); Donovan Memorial & Cherry Grove (Singers Glen); Brookville (Lynchburg) and Trinity (King George). She was a full-time organist for Beth-horon at Natural Bridge Station; and Grace (Middletown) the last four of the seven years there). Kay filled in as Choir Director at Rodes, Donovan Memorial, Brookville Churches; and from December 2004 until Bill’s retirement January 2011, as Choir Director/Pianist or Organist at Lawrence Memorial, Bent Mountain. Before Bill’s retirement January 2011, Kay was an active member in the United Methodist Women, and had held District Offices in the Charlottesville and Staunton Districts of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed serving as Organist at Whitten Funeral Homes, Inc., in Lynchburg, for four years; and at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George, Virginia, for eight years; and was a substitute organist for Oakey’s East Chapel in Roanoke since 2011.

Her life was one of encouragement to her husband and soul mate. Everything they did, they did together. The started out in 1958 developing their “Team Ministry”, working and visiting together in their appointed church. Her organization skills proved to be invaluable to Bill. All of their appointed church reports to the Virginia Annual Conference were always Perfect and filed in a timely manner. Bill was always proud that they were debt free in their personal lives. She loved music and did everything in her power to make the music and message for Sunday mornings blend beautifully. Her laughter and the joy of life that she brought wherever she was, became a blessing to all who knew her. Kay loved her husband and her family. She knew what it was like to be a servant of God and proved it again and again. They both were an example of what it meant to live life everyday with grace, dignity, generosity and spiritual strength.

Kay appreciated her husband’s hobby of growing ‘roses’ and enjoyed them in the parsonages they lived in, and most of all the rose garden at their retirement home in Roanoke. They both loved their home in Roanoke. Their spoiled pet dogs: Waga, Blaze, Gold, Peppy, and Blondie; gave her and her husband much joy and companionship. Kay (and Bill) became well known to all of their many friends that created lasting and profound friendships in the neighborhoods in which they lived, and the churches where they served. Their “50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Dinner” on March 15th, 2008, was evident when over 150 friends and former church members celebrated with them, hosted by their son and his family. She and Bill were active members of the Paul Coffey Sunday School Class. She was elected President of the class in 2012; and enjoyed serving on the Greeters, Readers, and Ushers Schedules: for the 11 o’clock Worship Services, attending the Wednesday Noon Services and the Fine Arts Programs at the church. She was asked to be a member of the Greene Memorial United Methodist Church Bell Choir in the fall of 2013. In 2016, she was asked to organize a “Bereavement Committee” at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, to provide “Receptions following a Memorial Service at the church if the families wanted one.” Kay enjoyed serving the church as a Volunteer Greeter at the desk in the Welcome Center on Monday and Friday mornings. Kay enjoyed becoming a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at Daleville, closer to their home in 2020. She became a member of the “Bell Choir” at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in 2021.

After a private viewing by the family, visitation will be at Oakey’s East Chapel on Alternate 220, Roanoke; on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, from 6 to 8 PM. The family will have a private interment at 9:30 AM at Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, 365 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke, prior to a Memorial Service which will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Daleville, Virginia on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Terry Clark officiating; with a time of fellowship following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Brenau University, c/o Ben McDale, for Scholarships, 300 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 10 Cedar Ridge Drive, Daleville, Virginia 24083. Condolences to the family may be sent to “The Jester Living Trust” c/o Anderson & Desimone, PC; Attention Christopher Desimone, 4923 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24018 – who will forward them to the family.

Arrangements by Oakey’s East Chapel, 540-977-3909.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Katie Curry Jester hosted by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

Mrs. William Albert Jester (Katie Curry “Kay” Loflin Jester), 86, of Roanoke, died on Friday, July 22, 2022 at her residence. She was the widow of her best friend and devoted husband of 55 years, 3 months, The Reverend William “Bill” Albert Jester, whom she married March 15th, 1958. He was a member of the Virginia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, until he entered the church triumphant June 19th, 2013. She was born on February 14th, 1936, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and lived in Asheboro, North Carolina, until her marriage; the daughter of the late Curry Fulson Loflin and Kate Erwin Brittain Loflin. She is survived by her son, William Albert Jester, Jr., and his wife, Angelique; and two grandchildren, Brandon Albert Jester and Faith Armindy Jester, all of Uniontown, Ohio (near Akron). Mrs. Jester graduated from Asheboro High School in Asheboro, North Carolina; and attended Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, two years; and her final college years at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, where she majored in math and music. She also attended Emory University after her marriage in March 1958. Both Bill and Kay were members of the 1836 Society of Emory University.

Kay served as an Administrative Assistant for her husband as well as his personal secretary throughout all of the churches they served together in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Kay used her music talents, filling in when needed as Organist/Pianist at the Rappahannock Charge (Sperryville, Willis Chapel and Washington churches); Rodes; Wayne Hills & Oak Hill (Waynesboro); Donovan Memorial & Cherry Grove (Singers Glen); Brookville (Lynchburg) and Trinity (King George). She was a full-time organist for Beth-horon at Natural Bridge Station; and Grace (Middletown) the last four of the seven years there). Kay filled in as Choir Director at Rodes, Donovan Memorial, Brookville Churches; and from December 2004 until Bill’s retirement January 2011, as Choir Director/Pianist or Organist at Lawrence Memorial, Bent Mountain. Before Bill’s retirement January 2011, Kay was an active member in the United Methodist Women, and had held District Offices in the Charlottesville and Staunton Districts of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed serving as Organist at Whitten Funeral Homes, Inc., in Lynchburg, for four years; and at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George, Virginia, for eight years; and was a substitute organist for Oakey’s East Chapel in Roanoke since 2011.

Her life was one of encouragement to her husband and soul mate. Everything they did, they did together. The started out in 1958 developing their “Team Ministry”, working and visiting together in their appointed church. Her organization skills proved to be invaluable to Bill. All of their appointed church reports to the Virginia Annual Conference were always Perfect and filed in a timely manner. Bill was always proud that they were debt free in their personal lives. She loved music and did everything in her power to make the music and message for Sunday mornings blend beautifully. Her laughter and the joy of life that she brought wherever she was, became a blessing to all who knew her. Kay loved her husband and her family. She knew what it was like to be a servant of God and proved it again and again. They both were an example of what it meant to live life everyday with grace, dignity, generosity and spiritual strength.

Kay appreciated her husband’s hobby of growing ‘roses’ and enjoyed them in the parsonages they lived in, and most of all the rose garden at their retirement home in Roanoke. They both loved their home in Roanoke. Their spoiled pet dogs: Waga, Blaze, Gold, Peppy, and Blondie; gave her and her husband much joy and companionship. Kay (and Bill) became well known to all of their many friends that created lasting and profound friendships in the neighborhoods in which they lived, and the churches where they served. Their “50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Dinner” on March 15th, 2008, was evident when over 150 friends and former church members celebrated with them, hosted by their son and his family. She and Bill were active members of the Paul Coffey Sunday School Class. She was elected President of the class in 2012; and enjoyed serving on the Greeters, Readers, and Ushers Schedules: for the 11 o’clock Worship Services, attending the Wednesday Noon Services and the Fine Arts Programs at the church. She was asked to be a member of the Greene Memorial United Methodist Church Bell Choir in the fall of 2013. In 2016, she was asked to organize a “Bereavement Committee” at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, to provide “Receptions following a Memorial Service at the church if the families wanted one.” Kay enjoyed serving the church as a Volunteer Greeter at the desk in the Welcome Center on Monday and Friday mornings. Kay enjoyed becoming a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at Daleville, closer to their home in 2020. She became a member of the “Bell Choir” at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in 2021.

After a private viewing by the family, visitation will be at Oakey’s East Chapel on Alternate 220, Roanoke; on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, from 6 to 8 PM. The family will have a private interment at 9:30 AM at Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, 365 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke, prior to a Memorial Service which will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Daleville, Virginia on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Terry Clark officiating; with a time of fellowship following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Brenau University, c/o Ben McDale, for Scholarships, 300 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 10 Cedar Ridge Drive, Daleville, Virginia 24083. Condolences to the family may be sent to “The Jester Living Trust” c/o Anderson & Desimone, PC; Attention Christopher Desimone, 4923 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24018 – who will forward them to the family.

Arrangements by Oakey’s East Chapel, 540-977-3909.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Katie Curry Jester hosted by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

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