Robert (Bob) Hester

Robert (Bob) Hester passed away Sunday November 1, 2020 at home with his family. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama.  He grew up in Crestline and Vestavia.

He is preceded in death by his parents Charles Oscar Hester, Sr and Magdelena Hester and brother, Charles Oscar Hester, Jr.

Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marian Hester and his daughters, Kelly Hester, and Shannon Goodrick, son in law, Scott Goodrick and granddaughter, Emma Goodrick. Also his two faithful 4 legged friends, Happ and Haley.

Bob attended high school at Shades Valley High School, Homewood, Alabama and Gordon Military School in Barnesville, GA. He earned his BS Degree at Samford University, Birmingham, AL. He enjoyed a successful career beginning in Human Resources/Labor Relations with Genesco in Nashville, Tennessee. He worked for Harbinson Walker in Birmingham and then joined Borden Inc. (Bama). Borden transferred Bob to southern California where he moved into Operations. He was Vice President of Operations and then Assistant General Manager of multiple plants in Corona, CA, Indio, CA, Anaheim, CA and New Ulm, Minnesota. After he returned to the southeast he worked and retired from the State of Florida as Director of Volunteer Services. Among his many awards he earned were 1984 Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Employee Safety Performance, 1990 SQP Achiever in Industrial Foods, Community Service Award for Outstanding Service Big Bend Health Council 2004-2010.

Bob loved the outdoors and nature. His family has many happy memories of adventures hiking, camping, snow skiing, boating, fishing and traveling with him. A favorite was an anniversary trip where he and Marian hiked in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. He also loved to have friends and family together to cook barbeque and the celebration of holidays.

In memory of Bob his family suggest making a contribution to the

 Shelby County Humane Society, Columbiana, AL or

the Alabama Wildlife Center, 100 Terrace Dr., Pelham, AL 35124.



  1. Sherry Weidenbach Beck on November 3, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Bob will be greatly missed. Our summer cookouts at your home and in Gadsden, will not be the same. I was speechless when I heard of Bob’s passing, from Allen. Eric and Kelly reacted in a like manner. My heart and love goes out to each of y’all. I’m sure his reunion with his family of the Hester’s and the Weidenbach’s, as well as the extended family, will be joyous. I imagine God in the center and the others singing praises to our Lord and Savior; after which the many stories of life on earth will begin to be told. What a joyous time! Those of us still here will join this great reunion one day. Until that day, Bob will certainly be missed.