Ralph Daniel Hester Jr., “Dan”, age 76, of Bladenboro went to his eternal home on Monday, October 3, 2022. He was born in Robeson County on December 3, 1945 to the late Ralph Daniel Hester Sr. and Freda Bowen Hester McLamb.
Dan is survived by his adoring wife of 42 years, Patsy Jackson Hester, of the home, his stepsons, Randy Brisson (Debbie) and Barry Brisson (Marsha), granddaughter Summer Jackson (Corey) and great grandchildren Kaiden and Oaklin of St. Pauls, three grandsons, Ricky Brisson of the U.S. Marine Corps, Skylar Richardt of the U.S. Army, and Brandon and great granddaughter Lexi, step grandchildren Taylor (Corey) Thomas of Bladenboro, Tammy Martinez (Daniel) of Fayetteville, and Troy Guy (Jennifer) of Pennsylvania, daughter-in-law Gloria Wiggins of Lumberton, two brothers Robert Hester (Brenda) of Lumberton, Mike Hester (Amber) of Virginia Beach, VA, one sister Carolyn Baucom of Charlotte, and a special aunt Linda Hester of Lumberton.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Gary Hester and one stepson Ricky Brisson.
Dan was a hard-working man who loved his family. He began his career at the radio station WAGR in Lumberton and WWQQ radio station in Wilmington. He then went on to work for WWAY Channel 3 television station first as Bureau Chief then as News Anchor before retiring after 30 plus years in the broadcasting industry. After retirement, Dan went to work with the NCDMV Commission for 10 years. His love for his family and his community will not soon be forgotten.
There will be a memorial service held at a later date.