Darrell W. Lester, 72, of Lynco, WV went to his eternal home on Thursday morning, December 31, 2020. He was born on June 13, 1948 a son of the late Wallace and Vera Lamb Lester of Crany. Darrell is a 1966 graduate of Oceana High School and would later become an active member and president of the Oceana High School Alumni Association. He truly enjoyed his work with the alumni and keeping the school traditions alive.
He was given the title of “Big Chief” at the LAST POW WOW in 2002, which was one of his proudest moments. He worked for Peabody for 28 years where he was an assistant shift foreman. Darrell also exceeded everyone’s expectations and defied the odds by surviving 22 years after having a bone marrow transplant. Darrell accepted Christ as his Savior in 2006, to his mother Vera’s absolute joy. He was a faithful member of the Clear Fork Valley Christian Advent Church serving as a Deacon, member of Church Board, lead Sunday morning worship service and was active with all church projects for many years.
Darrell also served five years on the Oceana Area Ministerial Association representing his church and the last three years as vice-president. Darrell was a loving husband, father and papaw. He loved his son and grandson with all his heart. He lived for the summers spent with his grandson Zac coming to visit and cherished his time with him dearly. He was the big brother of six younger siblings. He enjoyed taking drives to anywhere and everywhere, telling stories about the good old days, and was a big fan of WVU sports. He was well known from his time working in the mines and his work with the alumni. He rarely met a stranger and was a good friend to many.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Anna Mae Dancy; and a son David Dancy.
Those left to cherish their memories of him are his grandson Zac Dancy of Stafford, VA; his daughter-in-law Shelia Dancy of Frediricksburg, VA; two brothers, four sisters and host of nieces, nephews and many friends. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. Due to COVID a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Clear Fork Valley Advent Church.
The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.