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William Fletcher  Hester
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Obituary for William Fletcher Hester

DURHAM: William F. Hester, Jr, 74, of Durham, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Born in Virginia to William F. and Cathleen Hester, he lived most of his life in Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina.
William, known to family and friends as Nick or Bill, joined the Navy after graduating from Chapel Hill High School in 1961. He went on to work for IBM for 26 years, before embarking on a second career with UNC Hospital Police. He retired with the rank of captain in 2000.
William was a well-loved man who lived his life with gusto and encouraged others to do the same. He loved fishing, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with family.
William is survived by his wife of 53 years and best friend, Claudia, daughters Catherine (Cathie) Snyder and Christine (Crissy) Hester, and son William (Will) and wife Monica Hester, grandsons Jeffrey and Andrew Hester, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:30 to 10:45 am at Clements Funeral Home, 1105 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. Keith Bartholomew officiating. Memorial donations may be made in William’s name to the American Diabetes Association: P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215.
The family is under the care of Clements Funeral Service in Durham. Please see online obituary to send condolences at

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Visitation Prior to the Service




9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Memorial Service




11:00 AM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Memorial Contribution

American Diabetes Association


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