Lester Samuel Axtell, III.

January 17, 1948 - December 4, 2013

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Services for Lester Samuel Axtell, III, 65 of Tyler, will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 in the chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with Dr. Steve Simmons officiating. Burial will be at Fairway Garden of Memories in Van.
Lester went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Tyler. He was born January 17, 1948 in Tyler. He received his Master of Fine Arts from U.T. Tyler and was a retired music teacher having taught at John Tyler High School and Texas College. He was a member of 5th Street Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Meagan Kennedy.
Lester is survived by his wife, Margaret Axtell; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Susan Thying of Rockwall; daughters and a son-in-law, Laura and John Shum and Heather Kennedy all of Tyler; a sister, Debbie Axtell Folks and her husband, Bruce of Tyler; and eight grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are Austin Kennedy, Andrew Green, Doug Pruitt, Dale Pruitt, John Shum and Michael Thying.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In Lieu of Flowers, the family request that memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler 75701.