Billy Joe Hester, 79, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018, at New Albany Health and Rehab Center in New Albany, MS after an extended illness. He was born in West Ridge, AR on February 6, 1939, to Carl and Addie (Raines) Hester. He had lived most of his life in Topeka, KS before moving to Nettleton, MS. He was a Veteran in the U.S. Navy and a retired heavy equipment operator. Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Chapman (Mark) of Nettleton; three sons, Bobby Hester of Topeka, KS, Brian Raley (Christopher) of Ohio, Bucky Hester (Rachel) of Nettleton; one brother, Floyd Gary Hester of Topeka, KS; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Fay Schmitter Hester; his parents; one son, Billy Hester; one granddaughter, Jodie; eight brothers; and one sister.