Catherine Marie Ward Hester, 80, of Bennettsville, SC passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 in Rockingham, NC. She was born November 17, 1940 in Miami, FL a daughter of the late Clyde Edward Ward, Sr. and Mary Gladys Allen Ward. Catherine moved to Bennettsville in 1983 from Napoleonville, LA. She was a member, sunday school teacher, choir member and organist of Salem Baptist Church. Mrs. Hester was a past member of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. She was on the board of trustees for the SC Baptist Ministry of Aging, a Stanford Place Trustee and was part of SeraphSong- Singing Women of SC. She was a nurse in the Bennettsville area for years and served as administrator for several nursing facilities in the area prior to retirement. Mrs. Hester enjoyed cooking, baking, cake decorating and one stroke painting.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Edward Ward, Sr and Gladys Allen Ward; husband, Norman Lawrence Hester; daughter, Susan Elaine Hester; and a brother-in-law, Archie Boylan.
Survivors include her sons, Bruce Alan Hester (Brenda) of Bennettsville and David Eugene Hester (Beverly) of Marietta, GA; daughter, Diane Marie Roets of Laurinburg, NC; brother, Clyde Edward “Ed” Ward, Jr. (Penny); sister Linda Mae Jones Boylan; grandchildren, Susan, Aaron and Alan Roets, Sarah, Kaylah and Nathan Hester; great-grandchild, Serafina Irene Marie Roets.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday at Burroughs Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, April 2, 2021 at Salem Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church Building Fund 1618 Salem Rd, Bennettsville, SC 29512; The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 or the Bethea Retirement Community, 157 Home Avenue, Darlington, SC 29532.
Online condolences maybe made @ www.bfhbennettsville.com.
Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the Hester family.
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