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Dr. Monty Charles Kester

January 22, 1940 - April 25, 2021

Dr. Monty Charles Kester, 81, of Lynchburg, Virginia, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 25, 2021. He was the husband of Phyllis (Smith) Kester for 57 years.

He was born January 22, 1940, in Vernon, Texas to Charley Marvin Kester, Jr. and Ida (Towry) Kester. They lived in the small rural north-central Texas community of Odell.

Monty was preceded in death by his parents and his son Charles.

Monty is survived by his wife Phyllis; son David and his wife Janet of Roseburg, Oregon; three grandsons—Ethan Kester of Roseburg, Jarod Kester, serving in the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne in Italy, and Benjamin Kester of Roseburg, Oregon; his brother Ronnie and wife Reva, of Weatherford, Texas; and former daughter-in-law Cheryl Kester Thomas of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

How do you encompass a life well lived by a man devoted to his family and his Lord Jesus Christ? After 18 years on the family farm in Odell, Texas, he pursued a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics at McMurray College in Abilene, Texas. This is very surprising since his high school background only consisted of high school Algebra I. There were no remedial courses, so his first year at college was challenging since his first math class was College Algebra. However, he had learned persistence and hard work on the farm. Furthermore, he had learned self-discipline in his high school sports. He made the All-District Team in basketball and football while qualifying in the pole vaulting event for the State of Texas Track meet in Austin.

He acquired the degrees of masters and doctorate from Oklahoma State University. OSU was where he met and married the love of his life for the last 57 years—his fellow mathematics colleague, Phyllis, who was instrumental in his journey to become a Christian.

Monty enthusiastically served as a college professor of mathematics for 50 years in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and ended his remarkable career at Liberty University in Virginia. He never tired of challenging inquiring minds both inside and outside the classroom. For years he and his wife hosted dinners in their home for young professionals seeking some challenging discussions over dinner. They also often took in a young professional or college student to live with them as he/she transitioned a problematic time or recovered from an accident or surgery. He always had time and an open door for anyone with a need or question.

During his vibrant, active life, Monty worked with Boy Scouts and saw both sons become Eagle Scouts. In addition to adventure trips with the scouts and leading Bible Studies, he enjoyed team teaching with his wife at numerous conferences, retreats, teacher in-service, Sunday school classes, and marriage Seminars. They opened and operated a Total Health Care Business in Texas plus personally developed and operated a Christian free-loan library in the Houston area of over 1000 books and 3000 tapes.

They hiked to the bottom of Grand Canyon while their sons were in grade school and returned years later to white water raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. He drove, hiked, and camped through much of the US with his family.  After his sons were married, he and Phyllis made memorable trips to many countries which included China, to Brazil to celebrate a friend translating the Bible into a new language and climbed mountains at Machu Picchu, Peru, after they floated the Amazon. But he often said he especially loved the summer in Alaska and living with the wild bears in their natural habitat for a few days.

Monty and Phyllis moved to Westminster Canterbury a little over two years ago where staff and residents alike were encouraged by his cheerful manner and eagerness to help everyone.

On Tuesday, May 04, 2021, the family will receive friends from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, with a celebration of Monty’s life to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Gerald Kroll officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to one of the following:  Westminster Canterbury Fellowship Fund, 501 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503, Geneva Academy, P.O. Box 1154, Roseburg, OR 97470, memo line: Kester Memorial, or Institute for Creation Research, 1806 Royal Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

 

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On Tuesday, May 04, 2021, the family will receive friends from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, with a celebration of Monty’s life to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Gerald Kroll officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

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Monty was my 2nd cousin. Although I did not know him very well, I do remember contacting him regarding family history and genealogy. He was welcoming and genuine. I hope the family can accept my distant, although late condolences for his passing.

Posted by Michael Kester on March 12, 2022

Monty was my 2nd cousin. Although I did not know him very well, I do remember contacting him regarding family history and genealogy. He was welcoming and genuine. I hope the family can accept my distant, although late condolences for his passing.

Posted by Michael Kester on March 12, 2022

Phyllis, I am so glad that in the old days when I first came to Liberty that the chemists and biologists shared an office hallway with the math professors, and I got to spend time with you and Monty. He was a godly man and a wonderful, enjoyable colleague. I am sorry for your loss, and praying that you will know God's comfort.

Posted by Randy Davy on May 18, 2021

Phyliss, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Monte was a Godly man. Our prayer go out to you and the family. May the God of peace comfort you in the next days and months. <

Posted by Rocky & Barbara Roquemore on May 15, 2021

Phyllis, I was so very sorry to hear of Monty's passing. He was a good man who served the Lord faithfully. I'm praying for you! "Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust"—Ps. 40:4a

Posted by Kathy Shaibani on May 7, 2021

Our prayers are with you, Phyllis and family. We know that the God of all comfort you, help you and uphold you with His righteous right hand. Love , Dick and Norma 317 Cornerstone Street

Posted by Dick and Norma Vannoy on May 3, 2021

Phyllis, Mike and I were saddened to hear of Montys passing. We are so sorry, and please know that we will be praying for you and your family. May our God of all comfort bring peace and comfort to you and your family. Love in Christ Mike and Pat Largen 304 Cornerstone Street

Posted by Mike & Pat Largen on May 1, 2021

A good guy at Odell, Monte you did a good job with your life, very sorry for the families loss

Posted by Leon on April 30, 2021

Phyllis. Tonight I am remembering the many wonderful conversations with Monty over dinner when you and Monty opened your house to me when I was a young teacher. Monty and I did not always agree but he was always listened with his beautiful smile. He always treated me like a member of the family. Reading his obituary, I realize that many other young people were similarly blessed. My condolences to both you and David.

Posted by Christopher Bacon on April 30, 2021

David and Janet. A great dad makes a great difference. It is obvious that you had one./ Amazing grace. Dan Sieker

Posted by Dan Sieker on April 29, 2021

David & Janet, How marvelous to read about your father and how God blessed him and used him to grow His kingdom. Lenny

Posted by Lenny Lanterman on April 29, 2021

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