Lester Van Fannin

Lester Van Fannin, 75, and a lifelong resident of the Old River Community, crossed over to his heavenly reward on Father’s Day, at 9:15 a.m., Sunday, June 17, 2018, at his home on Old River. He was born in Archie, Louisiana on May 14, 1943, to the union of Madison Monroe and Carrie Francis Fannin, Lester worked hard from a young age at a variety of jobs. Farming, dozer work, and outside activities kept him very active and productive. He farmed soybeans, cotton, corn, milo, wheat, cattle, catfish, and hogs. While at Whitehall Mall, he had fun keeping a tally of breakfast biscuits sold, greeting customers at the gas pump, and stocking shotgun shells. Over his lifetime, Lester was an ASCS Committee member, NRA Golden Eagle, Farm Bureau member, Ducks Unlimited member, National Wild Turkey Federation member, served on the Catahoula Hospital Board, served as Whitehall Water System President, and enjoyed membership in the Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodge #327, F&AM. He was a founding member of a lifetime partnership, Fannin Brothers Farm, with his brother Dale, and for a very enjoyable time he operated the Whitehall Mall. Lester was also an active member of Pritchard Baptist Church for many years. As a husband, father, brother, cousin, friend, and mentor, his favorite role by far was being a grandfather. Daddy Van, as known to Chandlar and Rhett, and Van Van, as known to Hank and Allee, loved and spoiled his babies, as only he could. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, at Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community, with the Revs. Terry L. Doughty and Gary Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, with full Masonic Rites, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Lester Lamar Fannin; and two nephews, Rodney Dale Fannin and Hubert Ray Fannin. Left to cherish his memory, his wife of 55 years Carolyn Rose Price Fannin of Old River; two sons, J. Todd Fannin and wife Allyson Cooper, and Chad Smith, all of Jena; four grandchildren, Chandlar Madyson Fannin, Rhett Eli Fannin, Carter Hank Smith, and Allee Claire Smith; one brother, Dale Fannin and wife Bonnie of Jonesville; and two nieces, Kim Fannin and Jamie Fannin Ford and husband Steven, all of Jonesville. Pallbearers were Cameron Harris, Chris Freeman, Doyle Pritchard, Ellis Erwin, Jr, Eugene Edwards, Hank Smith, Rhett Fannin, and Zach Shovan. Honorary Pallbearers included Joe Merle Francis, Bobby Ray Francis, Eli A. Cooper, Kenneth Cooper, J. C. Thompson, David Francis, Nathan Francis, Ben Dosher, James Crooks, Red Hailey, W. L. Huffman, Robert Joy, Terry Smith, Junior Hudspeth, Jimmy Miller, Jerrell Floyd, Steven Ford, Lee Meredith, Michael Meredith, Ronald Red Renfrow, Dr. Bo Calhoun, Robert Bradley, Wayne Wagner, Mike Jones, Billy Joe Williams, David Cooper, Robert Huffman, Ryan Creel, Melton Neal Wheat, Randy Nugent, Ricky Nugent, Kenny Davis, Tom Kendrick, Jim Fannin, Kelly Fannin, and Johnny Fannin.

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