- Ada, Oklahoma


May 28, 2014

Dr. Troy Lester

Ada —

Services for Dr. Troy Lee Lester, 88, of Ada, are at 10 a.m. Wednesdsay at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel; the Rev. Harold Ware will officiate. Burial will follow at the Holdenville Cemetery. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Dr. Lester died Friday, May 23, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1926, in Wetumka to Carl and Roie Grimes Lester. He graduated from Calvin High School in 1944, where he was the president and valedictorian of his senior class. 

He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as an Aviation Ordinance Man. He married Bernice Earley on October 17, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas. She preceded him in death on March 19, 2013. He was awarded his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee in 1951. 

Dr. Lester practiced Optometry in Holdenville and Ada for a total of 48 years. He was a member of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, where he served one term on the Board of Directors. He was also a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ada Rotary Club and the Gideon's International. He served on the Ada City Council in 1960, and he was a longtime member of the Ada First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Maguire and her husband Roger of Fairfield, Illinois, and Janet Barrick and her husband Ben of Ada; one son, David Lester of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren, Brent Maguire, Michelle Ziegler, Jennifer Hawkins, Brad Barrick, Joy Barrick and Joel Barrick; 16 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers.

Bearers will be Brent Maguire, Brad Barrick, Joel Barrick, Geoff Moon, Zac Hawkins and Alex Ziegler.

Memorials to the American Heart Association, Oklahoma Affiliate, Inc., 5700 N. Portland,  Ste. 203, Oklahoma City, OK 73112; the Gideon Memorial Bible Chairman, P. O. Box 1821, Ada, OK 74821; or the Falls Creek Building Fund, 521 S. Broadway, Ada, OK 74820.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada



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