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George Washington Lester IV

December 30, 1974 — February 27, 2023


George Washington Lester, IV, 48, of Cornelius, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 27, 2023. He was born in Martinsville, Virginia on December 30, 1974, the son of George Washington Lester,  II and Beatrice Worrell Lester. George was preceded in death by his brother, George Washington Lester III.

In addition to his parents, George is survived by his wife, Beth Jedelsky Lester; son, George William Lester “Will”; daughter, Kathleen Bell Lester “Kate”; sisters, Elizabeth Lester Walsh, Anne Lester Papadakis (Andreas), and Sara Lester Jedelsky (James Todd); stepmother, Saunders Lee Lester; father and mother-in-law, James Rudolph Jedelsky and Wanda Gail Tweedy Jedelsky “Gail”; nieces and nephews, Lanie Walsh, Eva Papadakis, Colin Walsh, Jackson Jedelsky, Benjamin Jedelsky, and Paris Papadakis; canine companion, Buddy; and numerous beloved family members and friends.

George fit a tremendous amount of life and love into his 48 years. His family was his greatest pleasure. He and his wife shared an unwavering love and being a father was his most important work. He greeted each day with gladness and brought spontaneity, adventure, wisdom and laughter into the lives of those who knew him.

George found peace and joy on the water, even in childhood, and made his home on the shores of Lake Norman in North Carolina for most of his adult life. He loved music and could often be found strumming a tune on his ukulele. He was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Virginia Tech, and a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked hard and enjoyed a rewarding professional career in the Enterprise Software industry as a leader in Third-Party Software Support. George had a zest for learning and became an aficionado of many things, from archery to fishing and a combination of the two. He had a kind and generous spirit and appreciated opportunities to collaborate with and enlighten others. He was grateful to God for his many blessings. 

A celebration of George's life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, 3:00 PM, at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius, NC. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 2:50 PM prior to the service. Interment, with Military Honors, will be held immediately after the service at the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in George’s name to Bethel Presbyterian Church (, the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council ( or a charity of your choice. 

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Bethel Presbyterain Church Cemetery

19920 Bethel Church Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031

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