Lester E. Underwood, 69


Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Lester E. Underwood, age 69, of

Swainsboro, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Augusta University Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday, October 15, at 11 a.m. in Emanuel Christian Ministries with Rev. Larry Jennings and Rev. Curt Grimm officiating. Interment followed in the Eastbrook Cemetery. The family received friends Friday, October 15, at the church from 10 to 11 AM.

Pallbearers were Wendell Walden, Buddy Brown, Billy Cavanah, Tim Harrell, Terry Bell, Andy Dixon, Tim Coleman, and Dwayne Ivey. Honorary Pallbearers were Gary Cavanah, Joe Underwood, Scott Howard, Jimmy Greenway, William Rogers, Troy Allen, Lincoln Kettles, Tommy Muns, and Ronny Boatright.

Mr. Lester was born September 14, 1952, in Swainsboro, to the Frank Lester and Earline Turner Underwood. He was a graduate of Swainsboro High School, and was previously employed for 20 years with Argo Mills Manufacturing Co. and retired after 20 years of service from Central Fence as a sales associate. After retirement, Lester worked part-time with the Emanuel County Board of Education. An avid outdoorsman to say the least, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking with Lake, his grandson, making wood pallet signs. He was a collector of knives and guns, although his greatest joy was his family and spending time with them. Mr. Lester was a member of the Emanuel Christian Ministries. Mr. Underwood is preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Shirley Sweat Underwood of Swainsboro; daughters, Jolie Underwood (Josh Tucker) and Julie Underwood, all of Swainsboro; mother, Earline Turner Underwood of Swainsboro; sisters, Donna Weatherford (Ricky) of Twin City and Gail Scarboro of Swainsboro; grandson, Lake Bush; nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Lydia Project, 1369 Interstate Pkwy, Augusta, GA 30909.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.